10 Top Tips for a Successful Picnic

The sun is shining and everyone wants to head outdoors. Alfresco eating becomes an obsession when the weather warms up and what better way to indulge than with a picnic.  You need a blanket, drinks, and most of all food which is safe to eat. 

Use these top ten tips to make your picnic not only safe but a real success. Once sorted, all you need is for the sun to shine. 

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    Ensure all picnic foods are simple to transport and not too heavy to carry. Some picnic spots are isolated with a long walk to reach them. Opt for paper or plastic plates and cutlery: also easier to carry.
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    Summer Tomato, Pepper and Bread Salad. Getty

    Make picnic food interesting and easy to eat – think finger food. Salad in boxes takes up much room, instead stuff pitta bread with goat’s cheese and handfuls of salad – two in one.

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    Avoid ice cream, sticky puddings, and cakes –  they are fragile to transport and wasps and other insects love them.

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    The Great British Sausage Roll. Diana Miller - Getty

    Prepare just a few things and do them well. To ease up on the cooking visit your local deli or farm shop and top up a few homemade goodies like mini sausage rolls. 

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    The fun of a picnic is to spread all the food on the blanket and let everyone laze around, helping themselves. Multiple courses not necessary!

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    Young couple (30-35 years old) enjoy a picnic in the countryside, July
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    Plan carefully how much food you may eat. Take too much and you have to carry it all back.
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    Use cool bags or an icebox -picnic hampers look lovely but often are heavy to carry whereas a coolbox/bags will keep food at the correct temperature to help avoid any risk of food poisoning.

    Put small bottles of water, juice in the freezer for a few hours before the picnic if you have time. These can then double-up as chiller-blocks to keep food cold and when you reach your picnic spot, the drinks will still be cold.

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    Barbecue Banned. i-stock

    ​What You MUST Take

    • The sun may shine so take sunglasses and sun block.
    • Napkins or hand wipes, bugs love sticky fingers.
    • A good, reliable bug spray, just in case.
    • Bags to take all your rubbish home. Make sure the perfect picnic spot remains a perfect picnic spot.​

    What You Must NOT Take

    • A radio or music system of any kind.
    • An unruly dog (or kids).
    • Unless allowed, candles, portable barbecues or any other fire risk.