Picnics are a fun way to spend time with the family and bring a new activity to eliminate boredom in the household. There’s a lot of TV sitcoms that portrait picnics and they make it seem so easy, however, it’s not as easy as it looks. It takes time and planning to execute a great picnic your family will enjoy. I’ve created a framework with great picnic ideas that many families can follow to organize a great picnic for the family.
Time & Place
Everyone in this digital age seems to always be busy, and there’s rarely a time you can grab the family on the whim for a picnic at the park. It’s best to ask your family members when they are free for a picnic. This will ensure they will be able to come and enjoy all the great stuff you have planned for them. Researching good picnic spots can be tough, but it’s best to keep it simple. Parks, beaches or forest campsites are favorites with picnickers, however, if you had something else in mind then go for it!
In addition, making sure the weather cooperates is essential for a great picnic. You don’t want rain clouds to put a damper on your activities. Organizing a family picnic is best done during the spring or summer months when the weather will be warm and enjoyable for most people.
If your family members are excited about having a picnic, but it’s the middle of winter in your area, you can always consider renting an RV and roadtripping across the country and have amazing picnic destinations together.
You can’t have an enjoyable picnic without the correct supplies. These are usually common sense items, but let’s not assume everyone knows how to pack for a picnic. Some items you’ll need to bring include:
- A big picnic blanket
- Small fleece blankets
- Picnic basket and/or backpack (to carry all the items)
- Trash bags (so you don’t leave your trash at the picnic area)
- First Aid Kit
- Hand sanitizer
- Paper towels
- Wet napkins
- Cutting knife
- Cutting board
- Serving spoons
- Cups & plates
- Knife, fork & spoons
- Salt & pepper
This seems like a long list of items, but trust me, you’ll be wanting to bring other items as well and that’s okay. This is your family picnic and feel free to add to it.
I mentioned food at the bottom of the supplies list and this can vary from family to family. It’s best to pack foods that everyone in the family will eat and won’t spoil without extended refrigeration. Fried chicken, potato salad, sandwich wraps and deviled eggs are top choices.
Don’t forget that snacking is just as important as the main meals. Fruit and veggies such as sliced apples, watermelon, celery with peanut butter and raisins or bananas are healthy snacking options. For people with sweet and salty hunger pains, chips, cookies or beef jerky would satisfy them till the rest of the food is prepared.
Every family has different activities they enjoy together. Some might like to relax together with music and catch up with each other’s lives. Others might enjoy some physical activity like soccer or throwing a football around. Here are some items that would be nice activities for the family:
- Board games
- Deck of cards
- Speakers + MP3 player
Figure out what each family member likes and try to bring that out to the picnic area.
This guide is a framework for a great picnic with your family, I encourage you to expand upon it and make it fit with your family’s lifestyle.
An avid planner and organizer, Rainier Fuclan is always making sure everything around him is running clockwork. He manages the digital marketing for ProBuilt Steel Buildings; writing home improvement, organization and lifestyle tips for the company’s blog. When he’s not working, he’s experimenting in the kitchen or lounging around with his cat Anya. You can follow him on Twitter @RainierFuclan and Instagram @Exilehope.
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