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A Guide to the Perfect Picnic

Jul/02/2023 / by Rashmi Gopal Rao

An easy checklist to help you plan your Fourth of July outing

Picnic basket on grass with sandwiches and muffins
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Setting off for a Fourth of July picnic with friends and family? Here’s our guide to picnic essentials to help you plan your day in the outdoors.

Picnic Basket

Pick a size based on the number of people you are packing for. Make sure it is roomy enough to accommodate all you need. There are different shapes and materials you can choose from, such as rattan, wicker, cotton and even synthetic. Choose a waterproof material that can also provide insulation, so your eatables and drinks remain at a steady temperature. From collapsible bags to picnic backpacks, there are a plethora of choices which you can check out here.

Picnic Blanket

Carry a soft, thick blanket to keep yourself safe and comfortable. Ideally choose one that has a waterproof bottom and material that is sturdy and yet pleasant on the skin. Fleece, linen and polyester are some popular choices and you can find them here. Carry a couple of mats, pillows and throw blankets to up your picnic comfort level.

Portable Table and Chairs

These are a great idea if you plan to serve elaborate food and you have people in your group who are unable to sit down for long periods of time. Foldable chairs are especially useful for seniors. A table helps you prep the food more effectively while keeping bugs away. Check out portable picnic furniture like this to elevate the spirit of your picnic!

Picnic Cutlery

Cups, spoons, forks, knives plates and glasses like these are necessities. Avoid materials like glass that are both expensive and cumbersome. Instead, go in for reusable, compostable and lightweight cutlery, which is not only convenient but good for the planet as well. Wooden cutlery is also a good idea as it is both ecofriendly as well as non-breakable. Do carry utensils like knives as well as a corkscrew or bottle opener.

Napkins, Paper Towels and Wet Wipes

Pack in items like napkins, paper towels and moist tissues as fresh/ running water may not be available everywhere. Wet wipes are especially useful for little ones while tissues and towels help with food and drink spills. Hand out some with the plates to help everyone wipe their sticky fingers and faces.

Clean-up Essentials, Cling Film, Wraps

Carry large trash bags to ensure you do not leave anything behind in the picnic area. Trash bag holders like this are handy. Pack leftovers like sandwiches, tortilla wraps etc in aluminium wrap. Extra cling film is handy to pack leftovers like salad, baked lasagna and the like in containers.

Personal Items

Make sure you carry sunscreen, body lotion, shades, hats, sanitizers and bug spray. Do not forget daily medicines and a first aid kit, especially for the younger ones.

Recreational Accessories

Picnics are fun, but don’t forget some entertainment! Pack in some potable speakers and charge up your phones with your favorite playlists. Add on some board games for the family. Monopoly, checkers, chutes and ladders are all-time winners, along with a pack of cards.


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