As summer winds down, it’s the perfect time to have a picnic. The temperatures will begin to cool off making it more comfortable to be outdoors. The scenery will begin to turn even more beautiful. To make this picnic perfect, you will need to make sure you have everything you need.
We love going on picnics and bringing delicious picnic foods, so I am happy to partner with Aunt Nellie’s and READ Salads to bring you these picnic packing tips.
Make the most of this last bit of summer by having some family picnics. I want to share my picnic packing list with you.
Picnic Packing List
1. A Basket
Of course, the first item you will need is some type of picnic basket. I love mine.
2. A Blanket/Tablecloth
Whether you are sitting at a picnic table or having a traditional picnic on the ground, you will want something to lie down to sit on or set the food on. We have a blanket that coordinates perfectly with our picnic basket. This is perfect for an intimate picnic with your loved ones.
(You know you’re a parent when…you don’t notice the sticker on your shirt until you review the photos…it made us laugh so hard; I had to include the picture here for you.)
3. Utensils, Plates, and Napkins/Wipes
When I am packing any type of lunch, I tend to forget some of the most important items needed…the utensils, plates, and napkins. I’ve brought delicious salads and messy treats but was unable to enjoy them because I had no way of eating them or no way of cleaning up. This may sound so simple, but they really are easy to forget, so be sure to pack them in your basket.
4. Picnic-Friendly Food
The main attraction–picnic food. What do you pack for a picnic lunch? I try to pack a variety of foods that are quick and easy, travel well, and the whole family will enjoy. One food I absolutely love bringing along for picnics is muffins. We recently tried the Red Velvet Muffins from the Aunt Nellie’s website. They are made with beets! Fun fact–red velvet is traditionally made with beets as opposed to red dye. The muffins were delicious, you couldn’t even taste the beets (score for hidden vegetables) and the cinnamon spice was a nice touch.
Aunt Nellie’s has a variety of canned beets along with other products like red cabbage, onions, carrots, and beans. Their other brand, READ Salads, has a variety of bean salads and German potato salad. I love using products like these in recipes (there are some really great ones on their websites), but you can even enjoy them just as they are. The bean salads and potato salad go so well for picnics and you don’t even need to make a fancy recipe. The Harvard Beets are tasty right from the jar too. Even if you are not going on a picnic, Aunt Nellie’s and READ Salad products are convenient for school and work lunches; READ Salads even has individual bean salad cups. We have been enjoying the Red Velvet Muffins we made with beets for breakfast and with lunch.
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Here are some picnic-friendly food ideas:
- Fruits such as apples, bananas, and oranges
- Canned vegetables
- Bean, potato, pasta, fruit, lettuce salads
- Sandwiches or sandwich makings
- Flavored breads
- Soup (either chilled soups or hot soup in a thermos)–this is especially great for end-of-summer and beginning-of-fall picnics
- Dried fruits and nuts
We can’t forget something to drink! It’s important to stay hydrated, so be sure to pack a lot of water, maybe some juice boxes, or some delicious sparkling juice for the special occasion. Bringing a large water cooler is a great idea for family picnics.
Print the checklist for free below:
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Whenever we have enjoyed picnics, they include playing outside. Family-friendly games and sports are a great ideas to take your picnic to another level. Bring along a soccer ball, a baseball and mitts, a frisbee, ladder golf, or a kite to spend some quality time together.
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What are your favorite picnic foods? Do you bring anything else along for your picnic lunches? Share with me in the comments! I’d love to hear!
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