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National Picnic Month - Picnic Checklist

July is officially the UK’s National Picnic Month. With temperatures rising up to 33 degrees this summer - now is the perfect time to get together with family and friends to enjoy some tasty treats in the great outdoors.

To help you get involved we’ve compiled a picnic gear checklist and some snacking tips:

Picnic  checklist

Rug/blanket
A picnic essential, a picnic blanket provides comfort and a surface for your snacks. We’ve several colours and patterns available, so why not make it stand out from the crowd? 

Picnic-Main

Cooler bag
A cooler bag is a convenient option for a quick and easy picnic. Simply fill with food, sling it over your shoulder and away you go. For larger parties, cool boxes and ice packs are a great option for a big feast.

Plates and cutlery
There are several options to choose from for picnic plates and cutlery. There’s plenty of disposable options available from any supermarket. However, if you’re after something more robust that won’t fall apart in your hand or break easily, we recommend a proper picnic set or some melamine tableware. Both are fairly lightweight and much more durable than disposable sets.

Picnic-Basket

Insect repellent
Bites from midges and other pests can really spoil a day out in the sun. Make sure you protect yourself with plenty of bug spray and repellent.

Waterproof clothing
The great British weather is no stranger to sudden changes. A hot summer's day can change to thunder, lightning and rain in a matter of minutes. Don’t get caught out and make sure you pack appropriate clothing for if the weather takes a turn for the worse.  It's a good idea to pack a light waterproof jacket and a sensible pair of footwear.

Sunscreen
Even on an overcast day the sun can still cause a lot of damage. Make sure you take enough for every member attending your picnic and watch out for any signs of sunburn.

Picnic-Wine Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

 

Other items to consider packing

  • Bottle opener/corkscrew
  • Kitchen towels
  • A bag for rubbish and recycling
  • Toys/games/frisbee
  • Plasters/small first aid kit

Serious Snacking
Whether it’s sandwiches, salads, finger foods or treats, food seems to taste better when it’s enjoyed outside with family and friends.

Especially when everyone mixes their favourite dishes, so that the picnic becomes a buffet of contrasting flavours.

To give you some inspiration, here are some of our favourites:

  • Red pepper strips with hummus
  • Tortilla chips with  guacamole and homemade salsa
  • Scotch eggs
  • Rustic, thick pastry mini sausage rolls
  • Pepper and lemon cous cous
  • Homemade potato salad with chives
  • Apple slices and peanut butter dip

Selfishness and picnics don’t compliment each other and as the famous saying goes, sharing is caring! So may the drinks be cool, the grass comfy and the food, delicious.

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