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Plan the Perfect Family Picnic

Summertime Picnicking Tips for Families


There’s nothing quite like a fun and relaxing picnic with the entire family. It’s an activity that screams: “summertime!”


Planning the perfect family picnic can be a breeze, too. Here’s how to plan, prepare, and execute a perfectly delicious family picnic.


Planning your picnic

First, decide where you want to go. Don’t be afraid to get creative — picnics aren’t just for the park. The “where” matters more than you might think. Some dishes are well-suited for a picnic in the park, but if you want to hike up to a mountain summit to enjoy your picnic, you’ll need to plan your menu accordingly.


Once you know where you’ll be picnicking, it’s time to plan the menu. The best picnic-friendly meals are easy to make and transport:

  • Sandwiches
  • Pasta salads
  • Cheese, crackers, and meats
  • Kebobs of any variety (meat and veggie, all fruit, or whatever combination sounds tasty)
  • Veggies and dip
  • Pre-cut fruit
  • Trail mix, granola, and other similar snacks


Your food choices can be as complicated or as simple as you like. Enjoying a PB&J outside with your family can be delightful in its simplicity.


Does your chosen picnic location have a grill? Grilling on your picnic is a bit messier and more involved. Just remember to pack all of the tools you’ll need to make grilling happen.


Packing for your picnic

The perfect picnic includes everything you need and nothing you won’t use. This is especially important if you’re hiking in to your picnic spot, since you don’t want to be weighed down. Packing efficiently is also easier said than done.


Consider packing food in containers you can eat out of to eliminate waste and save space. Foods that require no or few utensils are also great.


Don’t forget the little extras that will make everyone comfy. Here are some things that may deserve a place at your picnic:


  • Ice packs for food that must stay cold
  • Blanket to sit on
  • Pillows
  • Camp chairs
  • A Frisbee or other game to play
  • Lanterns if you’ll be out late
  • Bug spray if insects will be an issue
  • Sunscreen
  • Trash bags
  • Napkins
  • Moist wipes for messy hands


Thoughtful planning ensures everyone has a great time and looks forward to many more family picnics.