Have you ever gotten to the park for a picnic and realized you forgot something once the car was unpacked? Yeah, me too! Thank goodness for cell phones. They allow you to call someone up and see if they can bring along whatever item was forgotten.
Here is a list of some of the more essential picnic items. In fact, any outdoor excursion may need these items, so keep the non-perishable ones handy in your car. You never know when they will prove useful.
Don’t forget a blanket. Many picnickers choose parks with shelters, but sometimes it is relaxing to sit next to the water and feed the ducks. A waterproof ground covering works in dry or damp conditions and are also easier to clean. Simply wipe with a damp cloth and dry with a towel or allow to air dry.
Pack the picnic basket with utensils, plates, and cups. In a hurry to get all the food accounted for, we often times forget about what we will eat on. For a small gathering of two, four or six, custom made picnic baskets come complete with plates, utensils, and cups. Larger groups can use disposable items that can be thrown away afterwards so as little as possible returns home. After all, who wants to wash dishes after they’ve had such a relaxing afternoon?
Carry items for the grill. If you’re venturing to a park with BBQ grills available, you’ll definitely want to remember these items. Public grills may or may not be cleaned by the last person who used it. Charcoal is not provided and neither are tools such as spatulas. Covering the grill with aluminum foil keeps the food from coming into contact with dirty grill elements or food pieces from someone else’s meal. A jug of water is used to put out the coals and clean dirty hands after eating.
Oh, I almost forgot the food. Cold foods should be kept on ice in a cooler that is separate from the one for drinks and/or hot foods. You may not be carrying anything hot, especially if it is a summer picnic, but drinks need their own cooler apart from raw meats.
Kids want to be entertained. Pick up a few games to take with you so they won’t get bored. If they are into video games and have a Nintendo DS or a Game Boy, you just need a supply of batteries. Board games, card games, and the like are great for adults and children as well. Don’t forget the Frisbee, horseshoes, badminton racquets or volleyball, if the area is set up for such activities.
A first aid kit is a good thing to have handy. Unfortunately, accidents do happen. The cook can get burned on the grill and kids can get cuts and scrapes from playing. In your first aid kit, include bandages, antibiotic ointment, pain medication, antiseptic wipes, and gauze. You can find small first aid kits that are perfect for storing in your vehicle at most pharmacies.
In all the excitement of an upcoming picnic gathering, don’t forget what is important to bring. Make a list if you have to, so nothing is left behind. Once you arrive, you’ll find it much more relaxing if you don’t have to return for something forgotten or use that cell phone to call someone else to bring it to you. So, set the ringer on that phone to mute or better yet, leave it in the car and enjoy the day of fun, family and good food.