Picnics are perfect summer activities. It’s fun to go outside, enjoy the weather, and each other’s company while munching on delicious snacks.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re hanging out with friends or having a romantic evening with your significant other; picnics can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone.
However, it can get overwhelming preparing for one. You have to plan food, drinks, and take care of the utensils. You’ll also have to manage the other essentials you might need for the trip for everyone’s enjoyment.
Here is a list of everything you may want to bring along with you outdoors.
1) A nice blanket or quilt
A nice and soft blanket will provide a comfortable spot for everyone to sit on. It’ll also keep the grass stains away from your clothes. You can use this to lay down on or as a makeshift pillow if you feel tired.
One recommendation is to bring an old blanket that you no longer use anymore. It doesn’t have to be in the best of conditions, but it’s ideal to have no holes or stains visible in the cloth. Also, if they do get soiled, you can just throw them away after the trip or tuck them away for the next trip.
2) Utensils and plates
A surprise to no one, you’ll also need to have the proper utensils and dishes for everyone. How else will you eat or serve your food? You can pack spoons, forks, plates, napkins, and small containers in your picnic bag or backpack for easier storage.
Chances are that when you’re outdoors during a picnic, you won’t have easy access to a sink to clean your dishes. You may have to go on with dirty utensils if you don’t bring disposable forks, plates, and spoons.
However, wherever you go, don’t forget to dispose of your trash properly. Always have garbage bags with you to get rid of the trash that you accumulate. Nobody wants their area to be filled with filth, so be sure to leave the place as pristine as you entered.
3) Insect repellent
You don’t want to begin your picnic only to be interrupted by insects. You can bring insect repellent spray or lotion together with citronella candles to keep bugs at bay while you’re enjoying the outdoors.
Bugs are everywhere, especially in the hot weather. Needless to say, it’s best to prepare ahead of time and deal with them before they come.
This might be a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised to know how many people forget to bring sunscreen. No one enjoys the sun’s glare melting makeup and making everyone blistered and red after a trip outdoors.
Sunscreen lotion and lip balm will help protect you from the sun’s harmful rays and keep your skin healthy while you’re in the sun.
5) A portable fan
If you or your companions hate the thought of getting drenched in sweat as you gorge on food, you might want to bring a portable fan.
A small and quiet fan can help you and your friends stay cool and avoid sweating profusely, even if it’s hot outside. You get to enjoy your outdoor activities without feeling sticky or suffocated by the heat.
6) A first-aid kit
It is best to have a small kit with bandages, antibiotic ointment, and painkiller tablets for little accidents that may happen.
If you plan to go on a day hike or camping trip, you may injure yourself far from immediate help, which can be a risky endeavor that is preventable if you’re prepared.
Even in presumably safe spots, you’ll never know when you’ll accidentally stumble upon a poisonous creature or fall into a shallow ditch. It’s best to be prepared for the worst-case scenario and bring first-aid items with you just in case.
7) Trash bags
Trash gets accumulated during any trip, but people often forget to bring proper trash bags to account for their food waste.
Bring trash bags with you to make your space cleaner and leave the place more presentable than how you found it. This way, you’ll leave the place spotless. Some picnic spots also impose fines for people who litter indiscriminately, so it’s both an economical and environmentally-sound solution to clean as you go.
8) Food and Snacks
Of course, you wouldn’t be going on a picnic if you don’t bring food. You can pack a delicious picnic spread, sandwiches, or your signature dish for the whole gang at your destination.
If you plan to go somewhere with available grills, then you can always have a barbeque as an additional option.
For deserts, you can bring cupcakes and pre-packaged cookie snacks to satiate your sweet tooth. Fruit salads are also a good choice for picnickers with dietary restrictions who want something healthy to eat outdoors.
9) A cooler filled with ice and drinks
Nothing beats quenching your thirst on a hot summer’s day than with a cold beverage. Whether you pack OJ with the family or beer with friends, this item will be appreciated by everyone lucky enough to enjoy their time outdoors.
A cooler is, therefore, one of the necessities when packing for a picnic. You need refreshments to quench everyone’s thirst, especially if you’re in an environment surrounded by heat and humid weather. It beats buying drinks from vending machines or food stalls that may either be overpriced or absent.
Pro tip: If you’re on a budget, a small and insulated lunch box will do the trick. It’ll keep your drinks cold for a few hours at least.
10) A radio/music player
Music can help lighten up your mood and allow you to let loose!
A radio or music player can keep you company and set the tone for a casual get-together. You don’t have to worry about getting bored as you listen to your favorite jams and tunes, all while bonding with your friends and family.
11) A camera
Many people forget to take photos of their outdoor adventures.
A camera will preserve the memories that will last you a lifetime, so it’s generally a good idea to bring one with you wherever you go.
You never know what might happen, so have your camera ready for any memorable moments that might occur during your trip. This way, you can relive the experiences in the months or years to come.