Whether you’re looking for date ideas, hanging out with friends, or taking along the whole family, warm weather offers the perfect opportunity for a picnic. The wholesome mental image of carrying a picnic basket filled with food does have its charms. However, if you’re at a loss for what all goes into packing for a perfect summer picnic, we have a few recommendations to get you inspired.
First of all, foods should be casual finger food. A staple of the traditional picnic is sandwiches, and for good reason — they’re easy to load with veggies, meats, and cheeses without needing any utensils. Other suggestions include sliced cheese with crackers, fruit like strawberries or cut watermelon, or dessert treats like cookies or brownies. If the weather is supposed to be hot on the day you go, slip a small bag of ice into your picnic basket, too.
Condiments like mustard, ketchup, salt, pepper, and the like can be brought along, as well as typical cookout tableware such as plastic knives, forks, and spoons and paper plates. Napkins are always a necessity, especially if you bring the kids. Depending on what you brought to drink, you may want to have a corkscrew or bottle opener handy, but keep something non-alcoholic around like lemonade or juice boxes for the little ones.
The perfect summer picnic only requires a little bit of preparation — one trip to the grocery store should do it. After that, you’re free to enjoy the great outdoors and the weather with a basket full of delicious food.