So you’re planning the perfect day outing for you and your boo or a group of friends and you’re searching the interweb for inspiration or great ideas on what to do. Might I suggest a picnic? Picnics are great when you want to spend quality time just hanging with your favorite people and disconnecting from all the excitement that comes with social media. I just planned a cool picnic and thought I’d shed some light on what to take along with you and how to guarantee a perfect day out. Planning the perfect picnic is super simple.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1. A picnic basket.
Get a cute, fun picnic basket or picnic bag to package the most important part of the picnic-the food. I bought one that was pretty and functional, inexpensive and just the right size. It was well insulated to keep warm items warm and cool items cool. I opted to keep my warmer items in the picnic basket.
2. A cooler.
So because I packed my picnic basket with foods that needed to stay warm, I brought a cooler along to keep my drinks nice and chilled for the entire day.
The most import part! I went with some delicious homemade fried chicken wings and chicken legs. Besides the chicken, I made a delicious baked mac and cheese (for the first time) and brought dinner rolls as another side. I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to indulge in some pastry…so we had cake! Other great picnic foods include snacks such as potato chips, cookies, biscuits, nachos and let’s not forget sandwiches!
For drinks, I chose cranberry juice and some good ole’ local Jamaican Red Stripe beer. Tell me who doesn’t love a cold Red Stripe beer. Oh, please be sure to check out that new watermelon flavour if you’re into flavoured beer. And water, of course. Bring some water. Stay hydrated!
5. Picnic blanket/towel.
Now, everyone knows that you need a traditional checkered style red/white, blue/white, green/white picnic blanket to enjoy a good picnic, right? WRONG! I went with a cute flamingo towel. It was large enough to get the job done. Plus, it looked way better, in my opinion.
Besides eating, what are you supposed to do while on a picnic? I hope your answer was “play games”. I like board games. Scrabble was a staple in my house while growing up. To this day, I love a good game of scrabble whenever I get the chance. Monopoly, checkers, chess, dominos, ludo, snakes and ladders, uno, pictionary and the likes are good great options to choose from.
7. Utensils, napkins, cups and plates.
Depending on what you’re eating, you’ll need eating utensils such as forks, knives and spoons and maybe, straws. Napkins are always good to have on hand. Cups and plates are essential to drink and eat from. It’s up to you if want to use disposable utensils and such. I went the disposable route only because they would be easier to manage outdoors and I wouldn’t have to clean them afterwards. If you’re going the disposable route like I did, might I encourage you to use paper instead of polystyrene foam (styrofoam). It proves polystyrene foam to be so bad for us especially when heated. The molecules expand and release toxic chemicals which leach onto our food. Plus polystyrene foam isn’t biodegradable or recyclable so it helps to ruin our earth. Just try to limit your use of polystyrene foam at all cost.
8. Trash bag and wet wipes.
Taking a trash bag with you is super important because we definitely don’t want to be litter bugs. Just place your trash in the bag you brought and dispose of everything before leaving the venue. Wet wipes will help in case of any spills or when you need to wipe your hands and mouth after eating.
9. The perfect location!!!
Finally, but definitely not least, picking a good picnic location is so important. This can really make or break your picnic experience. I chose a nice botanical garden in St. Mary, Jamaica. It has a river and nice greenery. It was absolutely serene and breathtaking. HOWEVER, we went on a rainy day. We had no idea it would rain. The grass was wet and I didn’t want to lay my towel down so we found a spot under a tree with a bench and table.
Planning the perfect picnic should not be a hassle. Don’t overthink it.
Have you every been on a picnic? What are your must-haves for planning the perfect picnic? If you’ve never been, I dare you to try it out. No distractions, away from the crowds, the hustle and the bustle and the internet.
Until next time, guys, see ya!
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