- Make sure it's in a place you are allowed to be, such as a public campground or park.
- Bring a light jacket in case of wind or unexpected rain.
- This is to provide shade from the sun.
- For both hands and any equipment that might get dirty.
- If you are picnicking until evening.
- If you have any large bowls or containers to clean, it's good to have.
- In case there is no public restroom, or the facilities don't have enough toilet paper.
- Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment, and ;alcohol ;swabs are essential to have in case of minor injuries.
- These be filled with a variety of meats, cheeses and extras. Easy to pack and eat with virtually no clean-up involved.
- Granola bars, trail mix, dried fruit and nuts are good for sweet snacking.
- Regular mixed greens, cole-slaw and potato salad are all picnic favorites.
- Cut up carrot sticks, peppers, cucumbers and other vegetables for snacking and dipping.
- Bring packets of mayo, ketchup, mustard, salad dressings.
- For dessert and all day snacking, fruits like watermelon will also keep you hydrated throughout the day.
- If your picnic spot is at a park or location with trails for these purposes.
- Go for a walk or hike. Dress appropriately!
- For ;leisurely ;picnic reading and relaxation.
- For the artistically inclined.
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Spring, summer and fall are all perfect seasons for picnicking. It's a fun, tasty, cost-effective way to enjoy the season with the people you care about most. Whether your picnic is with family, friends, or a romantic meal for two, our picnic checklist has you covered.
- Bring extra clothing for each family member in case it gets cool.
- Don't leave trash on the ground, including any food scraps.
- Picnicking after dark? Bring flashlights or glow sticks. Wear light-reflective clothing.
- Don't wander into wooded areas after dark, especially if you don't know your way around.
- If you're bringing a dog, don't forget the leash. Bring a water dish, food, and a toy to keep your pet entertained.