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Top Tips for a Successful Picnic

Top Tips for a Successful Picnic

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Are you in the mood to go on a picnic this weekend? If so, and you haven't been on a getaway of this type for a long time, take a look at our tips for a successful picnic and have a great time!

1. Pick the right place
2. Make a picnic checklist
3. Decide what time of day you want to picnic. 
4. Dress for a picnic, not for the club.
5. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
6. Prepare easy and delicious meals.
7. Shop picnic baskets.
8. Pack your stuff carefully.
9. Plan outdoor activities.
10. Make yourself comfortable.
11. Bring a power bank.
12. Keep the drinks cool.
13. Sweet treats are a must.
14. Keep insects away.
15. Clean up after yourself.


Pick the right place.

To have the perfect picnic, you must first choose the perfect place for it. A park full of people or a muddy area are certainly not an ideal place to enjoy with family or friends. Since it’s almost summer, you probably want to search places with plenty of natural shade. Search peaceful places like forests, beaches, or huge parks in advance to avoid unpleasant surprises.

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Make a picnic checklist.

What could be worse than going on a picnic unprepared? Imagine that you forgot the plates, blankets, or tissues, or even worse, you forgot a bowl of food? Don’t let these things happen to you, make a picnic checklist! It only takes a few minutes to write down on paper what you want to bring, such as a picnic blanket, utensils, plates, cups, food, drinks, hats, sunscreen, board games, plastic bags, and wipes…

Read also: The ultimate picnic checklist- Don't forget these items 

Decide what time of day you want to picnic. 

Once you have decided where to go on a picnic, it would be best to determine what time you will go. Depending on whether you go in the morning or the afternoon, you should prepare food and drinks. Light sandwiches are a great option for brunch, while barbecue is always a great solution for a picnic during lunchtime.
 

Dress for a picnic, not for the club.

The key to the perfect picnic is comfort. While you've probably seen perfectly styled people on a picnic on social media, keep in mind that it's only meant for a photoshoot. You should wear comfortable clothes as you will probably sit on the grass or play outdoor games. The perfect clothes for a picnic are usually simple t-shirts, leggings, comfortable pants, sweatshirts, and cardigans in case of rain or low temperature.

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Don’t forget the sunscreen. 

If you plan to spend all day outside this summer you should bring sunscreen that will protect you from UVA, UVB, and IRA rays. You certainly don't want your sunburn to ruin a picnic with friends.
 

Prepare easy and delicious meals. 

Although there are no "right foods" to bring to a picnic, there are certain dishes to avoid. Heavy and fatty foods will make you heavy and lazy for any outdoor activities. In addition, such food on a very hot day can make you sick. It would be best to make one light main dish that will be eaten by everyone present. Great choices are chicken, sandwiches, burritos, cookies, fruits, salads, cottage cheese, and more.

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Shop picnic baskets.

The symbols of the perfect picnic have always been the blanket and the basket. Every successful picnic needs a good picnic basket. Today, there are many picnic basket options to choose from, starting with basic ones to fancy tech baskets. Whichever one you choose will be perfect to bring the most important things to your destination. 
 

Pack your stuff carefully.

To have a successful summer picnic, make sure to get cool storage boxes and a quality basket. A Basket (especially with ice packs on the bottom) will keep your picnic food fresh. However, make sure you pack the food nicely, so you don't ruin it. The general rule is to pack all the heaviest and sturdiest things on the bottom, and the lighter and more fragile items on top. Make sure to put the blanket on the bottom and lots of ice packs to keep perishable foods cold. Also, it’s a better option to bring plastic cups and bottles to avoid potential breakages. 
 

Plan outdoor activities. 

What’s the perfect picnic without outdoor activities and fun? Stop the boredom by doing the following activities: play board games on the blanket, walk around the park, go fishing, play hide and seek, read books, paint a landscape, play with pets, play tennis or do anything that will move your body! 

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Make yourself comfortable.

The picnic blanket is a must. Luckily, there are so many different types of picnic blankets available and affordable. You can choose among the plain blankets, family-size, waterproof, and more. Make sure that wherever you choose to go, your picnic blanket doesn’t end up wet. Also, some people may not like lying on the ground as it is not always comfortable, even if the blanket is cozy. Some people may even prefer to sit. What should be done in that case?
 
Well, this may just be the winner in that case. It’s called AirChair. AirChair is a lightweight and portable chair made of air that is perfect for all picnics all around the world. No electrical pump is required, as QuikFill AirChair inflates in seconds by capturing the air. This gadget is specially designed for providing maximum comfort and support and it’s made of durable nylon rip-stop fabric. Also, besides a picnic, you can use it later for reading a book in your backyard, at the beach, at concerts, or camping. Hurry up and get this amazing chair (and more cool gadgets) in the Summer BREO BOX.

 

 

Bring a power bank.

Do not run the risk of running out of battery power on your phone or tablet, bring a portable charger. Power banks are also lightweight and easy to carry everywhere with you.  It also allows you to always have music on at the picnic or stay in touch with friends.

Keep the drinks cool.

To stay hydrated make sure you bring enough water to the picnic. However, many people like to bring juices, iced tea, or alcoholic beverages. If you’re one of them, prepare plenty of ice or ice packs to keep the drinks cool. Picnic coolers and freezer packs are usually lightweight and will keep drinks chilled during the day.

Sweet treats are a must.

Delicious meals are an important part of a picnic, but sweet treats are something that will especially delight all picnic guests. Picnic puddings, brownies, fruit pie, bars, and fruit salads are just some of the great ideas for picnic desserts. These treats are easy to wrap and packable for a picnic, making transport safe with no spill or break!

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Keep insects away.

Pests, ants, mosquitos, and flies can ruin your picnic. Flies will fly around your food, and mosquitoes will want to bite you. Therefore, prepare in advance and bring a mosquito spray or insect repellent. This is the only way to relax on a picnic blanket without getting bothered by insects.  

Clean up after yourself.

And last, be grateful and respectful to nature for having a successful picnic by cleaning up the trash behind you. Use plain plastic bags or a few garbage bags and throw away tissues, plates, cups, and others. Don’t forget to bring hand sanitizers or baby wipes to clean your hands.

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