It’s Picnic Time #1: Tips on planning a picnic and 5 Essential Items to pack

Welcome to the first part of my three part picnic series! 

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If you want to have the kind of picnic that impresses your friends/family, then planning in advance is a must, and adds to the fun. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing tips and recipes to help make all your picnics truly memorable. This first segment is all about proper organisation and includes my top 5 essential items to pack.

Like most things in life, being well prepared and organised is the key to getting things done right and ensuring all involved have an enjoyable experience. I have, in the past, gone on spontaneous picnics and although they were fun, the relaxation was spoilt by the running around looking for what to bring and the annoyance of forgetting some key item.

 

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!

The beauty of picnics is that they can take place anywhere – down at the beach, in a country park or just chilling in your back garden. Choosing where you are going will help you plan what items you will need to bring – will bins be provided, or running water?

 

WEATHER

As the weather is unpredictable in the UK, it’s vital to keep an eye on the weather forecast. If it looks like there’s going to be a major downpour, it might be best to postpone your picnic to a later date. Otherwise, bring waterproofs and an umbrella incase of light showers. 

 

PLAN YOUR MENU WITH YOUR GUESTS IN MIND

Once you’ve decided on your location, then is the time to think about what type of food to bring, how many guests are coming, and whether they have any special dietary requirements (vegetarians/food allergies). The last thing you want is to pack mini pork pies to later discover one of your guests is vegan. Also make sure the time of day reflects your menu. You could pack breakfast muffins for a morning picnic, for example.

 

TRANSPORTING YOUR FOOD

Picnic Basket? Rucksack? Cooler bag? Beach bag?
 

I love a traditional wicker basket as it conjures up feelings of being oldie worldly and romantic. But depending on where you are going and how you’re planing on getting there, a basket might not be the most convenient way to transport your food. So before you do anything, think about how you are traveling to the location, how many people you are al frescoing with and the location itself. For example, if you are going hiking or are planning on cycling to your picnic spot, then a rucksack would be the better option. Likewise, if you are travelling by car and don’t need to walk far, then a basket would be ideal.

 

5 ESSENTIAL ITEMS TO PACK

 
These are the top 5 items I can’t go al frescoing without. Before you set off on your picnic, be sure to have a checklist and mark off the key items you need, so you don’t forget them.
 

1. Waterproof Blanket

 

This could seem like a no-brainer, but it’s amazing how many people take a normal blanket and neglect to consider the elements. It’s worth investing in a waterproof blanket – there is no need to risk getting a soggy bottom!

2. Disposable plates/ cutlery and Bags

 

Instead of packing your fine plates and cutlery, bring disposables instead. This will make your picnic basket (or bag) lighter and there will be no pesky dishes to worry about doing when you return home. It’s important to clean up once you’ve finished your picnic. Remember that your picnic location may or may not have bins, so come prepared with your own bags, so you can tidy up after yourself.

 

3. Bottled Water

 

As there might be no running water available at your location, you should always bring plenty with you. You can freeze it and use it as an icepack – 2 in 1!

4. A Bottle Opener

 
If you are bringing alcoholic beverages with you (and if not, why not?!) don’t forget to leave without packing a bottle opener. Trying to crack open a bottle of beer without one, you are just as likely to crack a tooth.

5. Wet Wipes

 

I blogged about the usefulness of wipes last year – 5 Simple Ways to use Face Wipes other than just your face, hence it’s no surprise to find them here in my essential list. Wet wipes will make keeping your face and hands clean both quick and fuss-free.

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    Alina Isaev
    June 30, 2015

    That’s so true, I totally had my dad in mind when thinking of picnic food to buy for our
    fishing trip next weekend. I completely forgot disposables though so thanks for the tip!

    Alina from The Fairytale Pretty Picture

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      Sarah
      July 1, 2015

      Hi Alina! I’m glad you found it helpful. Hope you have a great weekend on your trip! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Elizabeth
    June 29, 2015

    There are some fantastic tips here – fingers crossed the weather turns well enough for us actually to have a picnic! I did the school run shivering with cold this morning!

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    Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    June 29, 2015

    I am so excited to start having picnics. We just need to get consistently nice weather now.

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      Sarah
      July 1, 2015

      They’re just best, aren’t they? Looks like the good weather is here for the weekend, fingers crossed! πŸ™‚

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    Carolann
    June 29, 2015

    What a great list! Now, I’ve got to plan a picnic! It’s like I totally forgot how relaxing and romantic they can be! Thanks much for the inspiration!

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    Georgina
    June 26, 2015

    Ahh I’m so glad it’s finally warm enough to have a picnic in the UK! I’m planning on having my first one of the year tomorrow so fingers crossed the weather stays nice! I love a good old fashioned wicker basic too, makes it feel more special πŸ™‚ looking forward to the second part of your picnic series x

    Georgina | Rent or Chanel?

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      Sarah
      July 1, 2015

      Hi Georgina! Hope your picnic went well! Looks like we’re in for a great weekend weather-wise! Thanks for your comment.

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    Ellen Smith
    June 26, 2015

    I haven’t had a picnic in so long and I would really like to have one.
    I always see picnic baskets in Tiger and think that it’d be a cute idea but honestly I don’t think I’d use it enough.
    Although a basket isn’t necessary, just use a freezer bag and your sorted.
    I am looking forward to the rest of your series.

    Ellen,
    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie

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      Sarah
      July 1, 2015

      Thank you Ellen. The baskets are adorable! Freezer bag is a good idea! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

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    Emma
    June 26, 2015

    What a great series =] I love picnics

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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