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How to Have a Picnic on a Road Trip

Take a refreshing break from a long drive, and eat cheaply and healthfully -- by having a picnic along the way.


  • Step 1: Keep food cold in a cooler. Use the reusable freezer blocks instead of ice for food coolers and ice for beverage coolers. The beverage coolers can be wetter than food coolers and ice is easier to top off.
  • Step 2: Bring fruit with you. Fruit is good for you and easy to pack. Fruit like bananas that don't require much prep work are good picnic items. Now get out there and enjoy your outdoor meal!
  • FACT: Route 66, commissioned in 1926, stretches 2,448 miles across 8 states.
  • Step 3: Watch for bugs when picking a spot to picnic. Look for a spot that is sunny and dry to avoid bees and mosquitoes.
  • TIP: Place a tarp under the blanket to prevent it and you from getting wet or too dirty.
  • TIP: Make a checklist of things you'll need to take, like knives and a cutting board, so that you don't forget anything.
  • Step 4: Have a blanket so that even if there are no tables where you stop for the picnic, you will be able to sit down.
  • Step 5: Prepare ahead of time. The key to a good picnic on the road is planning to have one so you'll have all the things you need.

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