Picnic Must-Haves For Every Household
Now that the sunshine is making an appearance what better way to take advantage then gather up some delicious food and drink and head out with the family to a lovely picnic spot?
The beauty of a great picnic is that you can go as over the top as you want, or just keep things super simple and stick to classic picnic fare to minimise on time and maximise on the fun!
However, there is nothing more annoying than settling down to eat and realising you’ve forgotten an essential item. So if you aren’t sure what to pack in your picnic basket, here are our top ten suggestions:
Sandwiches are a picnic staple and are ideal for transporting – with so many different fillings to choose from you are sure to be able to please everyone too. Take a look at some of our favourites in our recent blog. If you want to keep your sandwiches super fresh then why not use our gorgeous beeswax wraps? These wraps are beautifully designed, reusable and will protect sandwiches along the journey. They are more eco-friendly than cling film too!
2. Crisps and Snacks
Having some snacks to pick at is also an important part of any picnic feast. Crisps always go down well with the kids, but if you are looking for something a little more sophisticated you could opt for breadsticks and dips (try our delicious homemade guacamole recipe), or mixed Mediterranean olives for the more sophisticated palette! Our Sistema square Tritan Canister is ideal for transporting snacks and is completely airtight so will keep them fresher for longer too.
A variety of drinks is also essential to keep everyone hydrated – picnicking is thirsty work after all! Make sure you have water for everyone which you can transport in our handy sip n twist water bottles. Other drinks to take could include squash, soft drinks, and tea and coffee in flasks or beer and wine for the grownups too.
4. Sweet Treats
Of course, when it comes to desserts, there are lots of fantastic picnic foods that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Bringing along a homemade cake will be appreciated by everyone, or why not try your hand at some delicate madeleine’s if you want to bring a touch of class to your picnic? If you’re going to keep things healthy, fresh fruit always works, especially delicious summer fruits such as strawberries and cherries.
5. A Bottle Opener and Handy Gadgets
Having an impressive range of food and drink is one thing, but if you forget that gadget required to open it, or eat it, your perfect picnic can quickly take a turn for the worse! Don’t forget to pack a bottle opener, as well as other handy gadgets such as olive forks, a cherry pitter and, steel straws.
6. Plates, Cups and Cutlery
You’ll also want to make sure that you bring enough plates, cups, and cutlery to go round. Our New Soda Al Desko Cutlery is ideal for picnics with a handy plastic carry case, making them super easy to transport with you, wherever your picnic destination.
Let’s face it even the most sophisticated of picnics can end up a little messy – so make sure that you pack some napkins to help keep things civilised. You are sure to love our fun and colourful Flamingo napkins which will brighten up your picnic and can just be chucked in the wash as soon as you get home.
Taking a cooler along with you can be handy if you want to keep beverages cold – essential on a hot day. A cooler can also ensure food doesn’t overheat and get spoiled, so make sure you either pack your picnic in a cooler or bring along ice blocks to pack in with your food and drink instead.
9. A Picnic Rug
With all your thoughts focused on ensuring you have the right food and utensils to make your picnic a success, the last thing you want to do is forget a picnic rug! Remember to bring something to sit on in case the ground isn’t entirely dry and where you can spread out and survey all your delicious food before you get stuck in!
Remember, if you want to make a day of it, especially with the kids in tow, you’ll want to bring along a few fun games to keep everyone entertained. Frisbee, bat and ball, croquet or boules can be the perfect addition and keep your picnic going all day long!
Dexam’s Picnic Must-Haves
So there you have it, make sure that you include all of our top ten picnic must-haves, and you’ll be all set for a perfect picnic – as long as the weather holds out that is! If you need some inspiration for mouth-watering picnic fare, check out our fantastic recipe section too.