How and Where to Picnic
As kids, the prospect of a picnic thrilled us to no ends. Eating delicious food under the shade of a tree surrounded by friends and family was the stuff of dreams. Everyone is generally in a good mood, there are games to play and food is on demand. But as adults, the planning for the picnic falls on us. Planning a picnic, however, is definitely not a walk in the park.
So, on the occasion of International Picnic day, why don’t we organize a quick picnic with kids and friends this weekend? Seems like a mammoth task? Fret not – here are some tips on how and where to picnic.
What to pack
- Nibbles – 3 or 4 choices
Fresh fruit, cheeses, mixed nuts, hummus and crackers are healthy choices. Frozen grapes serve as ice cubes and also add a fruity spin to your cold beverages.
- Mains – 1 or 2 choices
Wraps, mason jar salads are easy to make and stay good with transport. For sandwiches, carry cut vegetables and arrange them when you arrive. This prevents moisture from soaking and tearing your bread.
- Sweets – 1 Choice
Brownies, cakes, chocolate squares or cookies
- Drinks – 2 choices
Lemonade, Water, Iced tea
Other picnic essentials
- Reusable cutlery, plates and napkins, picnic blanket
- Carry a small speaker for some music
- Good book/ Magazines to read.
- Board games and other sporting gear if you intend to play a team sport
How to pack for a picnic
- Place heavy items first and place soft/ delicate food items on top. Likewise, wet items below and dry items on top.
- Take reusable napkins and plates instead of plastic and paper ones.
- Pack bin bags to clean up afterwards.
- Take a shower curtain and then lay your picnic blanket over it to avoid soaking up ground moisture.
Things to do at a picnic
- Play a game
- Enjoy the breeze and drift into a snooze
- Listen to music
- Or read a book
- Catch up with family and friends
Where to Picnic
- If you are lucky enough to live near the coast, visit the beaches for a nice day.
- Parks are also a good way to get out and get some fresh air. The shady trees also provide cover and you may find yourselves catching a snooze too.
- If you are a trekker or live close to mountains, you might be blessed with a scenic landscape. Ask around to discover popular spots in your city.
- If all else fails, there is your terrace. Take a break from ‘Dinner and TV’ mode and play host with a potluck.
Do’s and Don’ts at a picnic
Be considerate of the space that you share with others. Hence, whether it is playing music or a game, don’t let your fun be someone else’s pain. Be mindful of your impact on the environment too. Get reusable cutlery and plates. Don’t litter – Remember to collect your garbage and clean up after yourselves.
Now that the planning has been done for you, it’s time to hit those WhatsApp groups and check who’s in for the weekend plan. Don’t forget this is also the perfect excuse to catch up on some Vitamin D directly, now that the summer sun is a tad more forgiving.