Nothing says summer fun more than a picnic in the park, so don’t let spoiled food, sunburns, or bugs ruin your day.
Step 1: Plan menu Plan your picnic menu. Barbecuing means carrying and cleaning up more, so it is easier to pack sandwiches.
TIP: Make your sandwiches ahead of time but put the dressing on just before you eat them.
Step 2: Pack side items in plastic bowls and bags Pack side salads and side items in plastic bowls and bags.
Step 3: Cut fruit ahead of time Cut fruit before you leave to save a mess at your party. Pack in plastic containers.
Step 4: Get coolers and a few other bags Grab your coolers and a couple of other carrying bags. Grocery store bags or clothing bags with handles work well.
TIP: Use a separate cooler for drinks since people will be in and out of that one the most.
Step 5: Pack extra bags with necessities Fill a bag with sunscreen, bug spray, hats, sunglasses and a first aid kit. Put a plastic tablecloth, plastic plates and cups, plastic silverware, wipes, dry towels, and garbage bags in a second bag. Fill a third bag with balls, a Frisbee, bubbles, and other toys for the kids.
Step 6: Layer ice and food in cooler Line the bottom of your cooler with a layer of ice or cold packs and pack perishable food items, dessert at the bottom. With each layer add ice or more cold packs.
Step 7: Pack car Load up the car and save room for the family.
FACT: Did you know? The word picnic comes from the French word piquenique meaning to pick or peck.