How to Plan a Picnic

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Planning a picnic - whether it's simple or extravagant - is easy once you master the basics described below.

Things You'll Need

  • Candle Lanterns
  • Picnic Basket
  • Picnic Blankets
  • Picnic Lunches
  • Insect Repellents
  • Sunscreen
  • Bottle Opener
  • Can Openers
  • Corkscrews
  • Napkins
  • Paper Cups
  • Paper Plates
  • Trash Bags
  • Backpacking Lanterns
  • Folding Chairs
  • Picnic Backpacks
  • Flashlights
  • Paper plates
  • Paper cups
  • Choose a scenic venue for your outdoor meal. Nearby parks, rooftops, beaches, mountain ridges or meadows are just a few ideas. You can have a picnic almost anywhere.

  • Invite someone (or a group of people) to join you in the fun.

  • Plan a menu based on the amount of people and the load you can carry. Ask friends to bring certain items to lighten your responsibilities.

  • Outfit yourself with the necessary equipment. A picnic basket filled with plates, utensils (don't forget the bottle/can opener and corkscrew), cups, plastic containers and napkins is recommended. Pack trash bags to carry away any disposables.

  • Line the bottom of your picnic basket with a towel or plastic to catch any spillage along the way.

  • Pack your food. Place heavier items on the bottom and lighter ones on the top.

  • Bring along a picnic blanket and/or folding chairs for your sitting and dining comfort. Also pack flashlights or lanterns for nighttime picnics, or in the event your daytime adventure carries on into the night.

  • Carry sunscreen, insect repellent and extra clothing layers. You never know when you'll need them.

  • Get going. Hop on a bus, get in your car or walk over to your favorite spot and make memories.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pay special attention to the view and your overall long-term comfort. You'll want to be somewhere relaxing and joyful for an extended period of time as well as be happy to be sitting there.
  • Picnic backpacks are good replacements for picnic baskets and, generally, great for lugging anything around.
  • Tread lightly on pathways and be respectful of others' property.
  • Don't forget about flies and other annoying insects. Bring along a fly screen to protect your food, or set up a picnic table inside a large mesh tent. Otherwise, grin and bear it.

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