Plan your next picnic like a pro!
I must admit I am rather partial to a good old-fashioned picnic. Long hazy days, sprawled on the grass in the sun, eating al fresco, you can’t beat it.
Whether you’re planning a family get-together or days out with the kids this summer be sure to plan your next perfect picnic using these simple tips.
These must-haves will ensure your day goes without a hitch.
The perfect picnic essentials | You will need.
- A large tote bag, rucksack or traditional picnic basket.
- Your blanket should be large enough to hold all your picnic-goers and food comfortably. A light one that folds small is a bonus!
- Throw pillows or folding chairs; If you aren’t a fan of sitting on the floor, these are a must.
- Cool box or bag and ice packs, there’s no need to risk a funny tummy if you plan and pack carefully. Cool boxes and ice packs are essential to make sure that items usually stored in the fridge stay as fresh as possible.
- Bin bags, be sure to leave nothing behind, the area you choose should stay as you found it.
- Napkins or Kitchen roll, ideal for cleaning up spills, wiping plates and cutlery before storing once you’re ready to journey home.
- Hand wipes or Antibacterial Gel for keeping grubby little hands germ-free.
- Opt for reusable utensils that can be washed and used again.
- Corkscrew / Bottle opener, It’s no fun having a bottle of wine you can’t open!
- Small cutting board for easily cutting food, This will also double up as a hard surface to place drinks on to avoid spills.
- A sharp knife for slicing bread or fruit.
- Salt & pepper.
- Cutlery, cups, plates and glasses, plastic re-usable types will avoid breakages when transporting.
When you’re picnicking with kids, outdoor games are always a must. From football to frisbee or even flying a kite, having a few forms of entertainment beyond food and drink is a good idea.
Make yourself a picnic playlist and take along a portable speaker. Make sure your song choices are family friendly!
When you imagine the perfect picnic, you see food laid gloriously on a blanket pretty as a picture. However, keeping your food on ice for as long as possible will reduce the risk of having to throw out anything that’s sat in the baking sun all day.
Avoid giving everybody a rotten tummy and spoiling your day by keeping things like meat pies, fish or dairy dishes stored away on ice. Don’t delay tucking in once you’ve reached your destination.
Classic perfect picnic food
Once you’ve assembled your equipment, it’s time to plan your picnic provisions; Jamie Oliver has some fabulous finger foods on the website!
Sandwiches, pies, chicken drumsticks, scotch eggs and cakes are all easy food that travels well.
Salads and Sides
Salad and pasta are quick and easy to prepare at home. Consider layering in Tupperware pots, dressing at the bottom salads on the top ready to mix up once ready to be eaten. Chop carrots, celery and cucumber with a fresh hummus dip.
Tip: to avoid soggy sarnies keep dressings, salad and other extras in separate plastic containers. Remember to keep ordinarily refrigerated items chilled as long as possible.
The Sweet stuff
Quick and easy tray bakes like flapjacks and cupcakes are kid-friendly yumminess and wrap up easily to transport. Loaf cakes are a great option and freeze well for future adventures. Scones with clotted cream and jam are delicious, easy picnic dessert staples.
None alcoholic mocktails are fun for all the family to enjoy, a lovely punch or Pimms for none drivers. As the saying goes, it’s pretty much always Pimms ‘o’ clock! You can find some fantastic recipes over on the website here.
Now you’re all set to go! Armed with everything you need to plan your perfect picnic. Now all you need to do is plan some summer-time fun and days out!
Why not join the National trust? If you do, you’ll never be short of something to do this summer!