Picnic weather is on the way, and while we here in North Texas don’t get a huge window of time to enjoy the outdoors before it becomes leave-a-towel-over-the-steering-wheel hot outside, we’re definitely planning on sneaking in a perfect picnic or two at the park this season.
If you’re planning a family outing or a romantic picnic for two this spring, read on to learn our expert tips on packing the perfect picnic basket.
While wicker is classic, it breaks easily and can be hard to carry. Opt for an adorable Scout tote from SampleHouse to pack up your picnic in. With soft but sturdy sides and strong handles, the Scout tote is the modern-day answer to the picnic basket. And while it may not be the white wicker basket of your picnic fantasies, it has a lot more insulation than something made of woven wood. Scout totes also have a long strap for easy transport and are spacious enough to handle food and drinks for two or for a full-on crowd.
Fresh-cut grass smells lovely and is certainly picturesque, but it can often lead to stained pants and bug bites. Not to mention grass is where you’ll find the most unwelcome of all picnic guests: ants. To avoid itchy ankles and infested food, pack an oversized blanket or two to sit on so you can eat in peace. Better yet, bring a king-sized fitted sheet and place your Scout tote and other belongings in each corner to erect “walls” around your picnic. This works well for keeping bugs and dirt away from both you and your delicious treats.
Delicious snacks such as cheese, meats and grapes are easy to pack and eat while enjoying Mother Nature. Avoid anything too messy or items that need to be kept very cold or hot to enjoy properly. Snack trays — homemade or store-bought — are actually the perfect picnic food. Crackers are easier to deal with than a loaf of bread, and juice boxes are definitely a must for kids. Cute, plastic cups are perfect for toasting to the good life without having to wrap up breakable glass flutes. Ditch the napkins for a pack of baby wipes to make cleaning up sticky faces a breeze. And don’t forget to bring a bag for trash!
Once you’re done lunching, shake off that sheet and head back into the air conditioning. You’re now a picnic pro!