Getting Ready for An Outdoor Picnic
The things that make me happiest in the whole world are going to the occasional picnic, either with my children or my partner; big family gatherings; and being able to go to the grocery store – if I can get those things in, I’m doing good – Kate Winslet
We love picnic. The idea of spending time together on a beach or grass-field or even just a quick one on the benches at picturesque lakeside, is always meaningful and enriching. If you have a relationship to bond, it's time to pack your picnic basket and pick a spot which suits your mood.
FINDING SPOTS FOR PICNIC
A spot is the key determiner of a picnic. Different picnic locale sets the tone of a picnic, and it's the most essential part of the experience. Remember, all picnic spots aren't created equal and finding the right one can make or break your picnic experience. Here are some tips on aspects to consider before you choose your picnic spot.
Who's in the group? - You may be thinking a rural spot is the spot for you, but if you have young children tagging along, it may not be appropriate due to lack of facilities.
Urban or rural? - Picnic spot doesn't always have to be deep in unknown villages. Don't overlook the park nearby your neighbourhood or even the grounds of a state capitol.
Is water in the picture? - If your group enjoys fishing or water activities, this could turn out to be determining point!
A picnic with a view - The top of a summit or hill is a popular spot among picnickers, considering the magnificent view from the elevated point. Before that, take your stamina into consideration - will you be able to hike?
How popular is the spot? - Do you want to share the spot with many other picnickers or you'd just want to relax at a spot where no one can disturb?
The weather and elements - Before deciding on a picnic spot, check on weather forecast so that you can avoid predictable bad weather or make necessary preparation to overcome the scene.
ITEMS TO PACK FOR A PICNIC
1. Picnic Food and Beverages
"Food always tastes better outdoor." If you've ever heard of this, we're sure you'll be nodding in agreement right now. Picnic food is not your usual "family feast". When it comes to picnic, we prefer foods which can retain its freshness even after hours, can be easily transported and conveniently enjoyed when being outdoor. If you need some ideas on picnic food, we have recipes to share with you here.
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2. A Picnic Blanket
When choosing a picnic blanket to buy, you will need to take these points into consideration:
Fold up easily, have some kind of carrying strap will be ideal
Easy to clean, especially picnics involving small children
Waterproof base so it can be used on wet or damp ground
3. Cutlery / Silverware
Although disposable cutlery is widely available and convenient to use, we strongly encourage the use of reusable ones, due to environmental concern. There are some travel-friendly cutlery available in the market, do check them out.
4. Garbage Bags
This is a handy thing to pack for a picnic but easily overlooked. Regardless of how you wish to get rid of the garbage aftermath a picnic, the key rule is to clean the picnic site and re-install it to the condition before your picnic. Be a public-spirited picnicker, clean after you use.
5. Insect Repellent
Getting close to nature is wonderful but insect bites can be an annoyance, especially when there are small children in the picnic. Besides checking the picnic site beforehand for any insect trail, it is advisable to pack a small bottle of insect repellent. It's always true to say prevention is better than cure.
6. Tissues, Cloths and Wet Wipes
Before being a mother myself, I didn't notice how useful it is to have a piece of cloth or a pack of wet wipes in my bag to save my day. If you have a messy eater in the picnic, consider packing a box of tissues, some cleaning cloths, and even a pack of wet wipes. These items may seem frivolous but when your little one topples over a glass of juice on the picnic blanket, it will be them which come to your rescue.
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The only thing is quality of life; if you have a place where you can go and have a picnic with your family, it doesn’t matter if it’s a recession or not, you can include that in your quality of life – Jim Fowler