Spring will soon be here and nature will be alive and vibrant with bright green leaves and blossoming flowers. Many of us will feel the urge to go out on a picnic with family and friends to enjoy the warm sunshine and pleasant weather. Here is a list of essential ingredients in a picnic basket that you simply must not forget.
1. Tablecloth and Cloth or Paper Napkins
Wherever you decide to have a picnic, you will need a tablecloth to spread the food and supplies on. Choose a cotton tablecloth as it will be easy to clean later on. You will also need a number of cloth, paper napkins or wet wipes to clean your hands before and after eating your food.
2. A Can of Bug Spray
When there is food, bugs and pests are sure to come around. Also, a park may be infested with ants and other biting bugs. To ensure that your food is not spoilt by an army of bugs and that you are not left with a number of itchy bites, ensure you carry a can of bug spray with you.
3. Anti-bacterial Hand Wash
You may not always have access to toilets and clean water to wash your hands before and after eating. That is why anti-bacterial hand wash is one of the most essential ingredients in a picnic basket.
4. Plastic or Paper Tableware
You are going to need disposable tableware like plates, bowls, cups, spoons, forks and glasses on your picnic. They are light, easy to carry as well as dispose and you don’t have to worry about cleaning or carrying them back.
5. Large Garbage Bag
Considering that you will use a lot of disposable tableware, one of the essential ingredients in a picnic basket is a large garbage bag. It is important to not litter but throw your garbage responsibly after a picnic.
6. Corkscrew and Bottle Opener
You are sure to take a number of drinks with you on a picnic and are likely to need a corkscrew in case you are carrying wine and a bottle opener for bottled beverages.
7. Aluminum or Cling Wrap
There is always a possibility that you have leftover food on a picnic. If there is a lot of leftover food, you may not want to throw it or give it away, but are likely to take it back with you for future use. In such an event, you will need a clean aluminum or cling wrap.
8. Toys and Games
Toys and games are essential ingredients in a picnic basket. Carry board games or Frisbees and balls that you can enjoy playing in the open.
I have found that it makes a lot of sense to pack all the essential ingredients in a picnic basket and keep it ready in the pantry. When the urge to go for a picnic comes over, all you have to do is pack some food and beverages, add an ice box and you are ready to go.
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