After another long, cold winter, ‘tis finally the season to enjoy the sunshine and spend as much time as possible outdoors. From BBQs and birthday celebrations to poolside parties and beach days, there are a ton of ways to enjoy nature’s bounty. But none quite like dining al fresco on a good, old-fashioned picnic in the park!
Here are 10 ways that you can picnic like a pro as we wind down National Picnic Month:
- Make the event as easy & eco-friendly as possible: Try to stick to 1 or 2 cooked or pre-prepped dishes that can be eaten with your hands. This nifty tip will reduce the need for excess cutlery and will help to reduce waste.
- Stack up on sandwiches: Bee’s Wrap sandwich wraps are a sustainable way to promote food storage. And who doesn’t love to bite into a satisfying sandwich on a picnic?
- Seek out a level patch of ground located mostly in the shade: As we all know, eating at a place like the beach can be a challenge without umbrellas & coolers because of the power of the almighty sun. Set up your picnic on an even patch of ground in the shade to help preserve the freshness of your food.
- Leverage the power of insulated bottles: Whether you’re transporting a hot item like soup or a cold liquid like water, or something a little stronger, keep it simple. Make sure you have an insulated bottle on-hand that’s built to last.
- Water Bottles vs. Ice Packs: On that same note, try to use cold, water bottles to keep your food cool versus gel or ice packs. We use Givn water bottles in our own meal kits to make them more environmentally-friendly.
- Invest in a collapsible cooler: If your childhood consisted of lugging bulky coolers to every outdoor event, it’s time to fully erase those distant yet haunting memories. Collapsible coolers make transport much easier, fold up into compact pieces & can often double as seating support!
- Save the ice cream for later: Although a cold, refreshing dessert may sound like a great idea, it’s best to bring a treat that doesn’t melt too easily. Consider cookies or fruit to help cleanse your palate!
- Bug spray: Be prepared. The vision of a perfect picnic is often just that; a vision. Keep bug spray on-hand in case you find yourself in a typical New England mosquito melee.
- Sustainable threads vs. paper products: Bring some smaller dish towels or biodegradable napkins to use instead of paper products or wet wipes.
- Leave Fido at home: We all love our pets, but our pets love our food, chasing small animals and trying to make nice with strangers who have food. Try to keep your picnic party as problem-free as possible so that you can enjoy a stress-free outing!
What are your favorite picnic tips and tricks?