Here is a picnic list of basic items to take on your picnic.
Of course you will be taking something to eat and drink. That is what a picnic is all about but there are other items not to forget. Some more important than others
Take food that you really enjoy. Have a look at picnic menus and recipes for ideas.
Be sure to follow some simple food safety tips to make sure food is packed in the right way.
Don't forget to take condiments. Salt, pepper, mustard, salad dressing, pickles and chutneys make all the difference to a meal.
Everyone gets thirsty out in the sun so plan to take plenty of picnic drinks. Even if you are taking other drinks add water to the picnic list. It is important to make sure everyone drinks enough to keep hydrated. Water is also useful to dampen towels for wiping sticky hands and faces.
An important item on your picnic list.
Organizations such as St Johns Ambulance and The Red Cross as well as camping and variety store sell complete first aid kits. Or make up your own in a convenient box with a sealed lid.
It is useful to always keep a basic first aid kit in the car. Learn basic first aid and CPR to use any where and at any time.
Invaluable in a emergency or just great to keep in touch. Nowadays most people have one.
If you have a smart phone you can use it to take photos and look up the route to your picnic. Let all your friends know what is happening at your picnic and whereabouts you are with facebook and Twitter.
Make sure it is charged!
If you are going to be sitting on the ground a ground sheet will protect you from the damp or dust.
Use a rug over the ground sheet to actually sit on.
Some picnic rugs come with a plastic backing which can be useful on damp ground but a seperate ground sheet is stronger.
Big cushions are comfy to sit on or lean against. Some people find it hard to sit on the ground. Take some comfortable, light folding chairs. There are lots of different sorts are now available. Some fit into their own bags so are easy to pack and carry.
There are lots of light folding tables sold in camping and variety stores. Look for one that is solid but reasonably light to add to your picnic list if you are not going to an established picnic area.
A waterproof tablecloth that you can wipe down is convenient or use a tablecloth of cheerful, easily washed gingham.
Keep the flies off the food once it has been laid out for picnic food safety. A piece of light netting that covers all the food is more useful than the small netting frames available. These take up room and only cover one dish.
Decent quality knives forks and spoons are really worth adding to your picnic list. They don't have to be fancy but plastic simply is not up to the job.
Don't forget some extras:
While you are at your picnic you may want to play some games. You may be taking a picnic on a trip to enjoy a special hobby.
Here is a list of some equipment you might consider taking with you.
If you are having a barbque at your picnic you will need some cooking equipment.
This list is a starting point of things to consider when you are packing for a picnic.
You can add or subtract from it to make your own picnic list just right for you.