How To Plan A Picnic

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Picture it: the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and your favorite gingham picnic blanket is ready to make a highly anticipated return. It’s time to venture into the outdoors for a picnic!

Picnics can be as simplistic or as elegant as you would like. The greatest part about a picnic is that you can tailor it to fit your exact demands. Another amazing part about picnics is convenience.

But planning exactly what else to take with you on your picnic can be a little complicated. Here is a simplified list of how to officially plan a picnic.

Make A Checklist

The first thing you need to do when planning for a picnic is make a checklist. It’s a surefire way to guarantee that you won’t forget anything important. After all, you’d hate to get there and realize that you’d forgot to pack the food!

When planning the perfect picnic, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are our top tips for what to pack.

  • A Blanket
  • Napkins (Cloth If Possible)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Salt And Pepper Shakers
  • Serving Utensils
  • A Large Tablecloth Or Sheet To Use As Your “Table”
  • Entertainment Including Toys And Games

Figure Out Where To Go

You can have a picnic wherever and whenever you want. But sometimes, finding the perfect picnicking spot can be more difficult than it appears. Here are some amazing locations to consider:

  • A summit or hill (nothing enhances a picnic like a majestic view.)
  • A lake. This can be an incredibly scenic picnic spot, but might also provide you with lots of fishing and swimming opportunities, too.
  • Wilderness trails and campgrounds are great picnic locations if you’re looking for a stellar view and a way to avoid the noise and commotion of urban life.

You might also want to think about privacy, the weather, and exposure to the elements when you are deciding on an idyllic picnic location. If you need a picnic table, make sure the area has some. You may want to check for things like bathrooms and running water, too.

Decide On The Time Of Day

Selecting the time of day that you want to have a picnic is also very important. This might also be something else to think about when finalizing your picnic location.

Why not have a brunch picnic in the park? Or pack your basket full of your favoeite breakfast food and head out to watch the sunrise?

The time of day that you pick can have an impact on the array of food that you end up taking with you.

Determine Who You Want To Invite

Decide whether you want to plan a family picnic or would like to throw a picnic party to celebrate your friends birthday. Figure out who you want to invite to the picnic and then create a list so that you can prepare the supplies.

The more people you invite, the more food you will need. So you should prepare enough supplies to cater for everyone – unless you decide to do a potluck. In this situation, you would need to provide one main dish and then request that everyone else brings sides.

Choose Your Picnic Basket

It’s always a good idea to purchase a reliable picnic basket that you can reuse again and again. We’d recommend looking at buying an outdoor picnic set for two so that you have enough storage for your favorite picnic foods.

As important as it is to have a quality picnic basket, you should not forget about taking a cooler or an insulated canvas bag with you to keep certain foods chilled and ready for consumption.

Choose Your Food

The culinary delights you pull from your picnic hamper should steal the show. The best part is they don’t have to be too fancy – as long as your food holds up well when it is moved around. All you need to do is select your favorite dishes and go from there!

  • Pre-made sandwiches
  • Pre-mixed salads
  • Chips
  • Crackers
  • Nut mixes
  • Brownies
  • Whole fruit (such as apples or oranges)

Opt for fancier options and more complex dishes accompanied by a delicious bottle of your favorite wine if you are going on an adults-only picnic. You are not limited to the food items above – they are simply suggestions.


These are some of the steps you can take to successfully plan a picnic. They don’t have to be carried out in a specific order, but we’d strongly recommend making a checklist before doing anything else.


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Saman Iqbal

Saman is a law student. She enjoys writing about tech, politics and the world in general. She's an avid reader and writes fictional prose in her free time.

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