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5 Ways to Make Your Picnic Day Perfect

July 23, 2017
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As strange as it may seem, but just move the meal you would have in your dining room near the lake, at the top of a mountain or in a park forest and Vavoom … the same meal morphs into something magical. And that’s why packing up the car with all sorts of household comforts to transform a piece of turf into our very own dining rooms makes absolute pitch-perfect sense.

So how can you make this thing of beauty better?

Well here are the top 5 ways you can make picnic day perfect

Check, double and triple check weather conditions.

There are few things that can ruin a picnic the way a rain shower can. However, just as an extra note of precaution, pack a heavy-duty patio umbrella or tent so you don’t have to resort to eating soggy sandwiches under a tree somewhere.

Plus a rainy day picnic under an umbrella or in a tent is actually kind of fun.

Make a list

Yes, in your mind you think there is no way you’re going to forget the cutlery – it’s an essential of course. But guaranteed that if you don’t make a list you will absolutely forget at least one thing that you need, as a personal note I can attest to forgetting the picnic blanket and cups for drinks. So instead of grumbling when you get there just make a list of everything you’re going to need and the KEY is LOOK at the list before you go and mark off everything as you LOOK at it. Now that’s a winning combination.

Picnic-Friendly Foods

Make sure you pack food that is suitable for eating outdoors. That means food that you can cut with a plastic fork if necessary or food that doesn’t require much cutlery at all since you could be eating on a picnic blanket. Ideally, sandwiches, veggie sticks and other hand-held items are great for picnics. Additionally cool green salads or pasta salads are great for upping the ante on an average picnic.

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Limit bacteria-risk

You certainly don’t want to ruin a perfectly good picnic because of spoiled food leading to a trip to the emergency room. The best way to avoid that is of course to store food in a cooler/insulated basket. However, to take that one step further, avoid egg-based dressings and spreads. Stick to vinaigrettes for your salads and sandwiches, which will in fact preserve the food as opposed to eggy-dressings which can spoil quickly under the beating sun.

Keep the bugs away

If you’ve ever been to a picnic, you know that bugs love picnics even more than we do. So if you want to avoid having a human meets bug fiesta, try and reduce the likelihood that they’re even going to know you’re there. You can do this by packing things bugs like – like fruit – in plastic containers and keep those containers tightly sealed except for when taking a helping of the deliciousness.

Also, if anything spills, clean it up – yes you’re outdoors, but if you leave food items out in the open you will attract bugs. Also, do a quick check before you start unpacking your picnic gear to make sure you aren’t in a heavily bug-populated area. And finally, pack a citronella candle to light up if the bugs are intent on joining the picnic.

Now grab your favorite people – because they are the most essential ingredient in the perfect picnic – and get out there to enjoy what is arguably a universally favorite way to spend a lovely summer’s day.

Written by Joti Heir.