How to Prepare for a Picnic in the Park

By Lily Evans | Tips & Trick

Jun 07
Picnic in the Park

Ever wondered how you could bond with your family and friends without shelling out big bucks? Ever wondered how you can make the most out of a lovely day? Ever wanted to enjoy nature without going on a long and tiring hike? Well, I have just the right activity for you!

Having a picnic in the park has got to be one of the most affordable and enjoyable ways to spend a perfectly sunny day without spending too much! In this article, I will teach you how to organize your very own picnic in three easy steps! Keep on reading!​


What You Will Need

Things you should bring for your picnic

There is no hard and fast rule on which things you should bring for your picnic. Anything goes, really, depending on your preference. But to make your picnic as enjoyable and smooth-sailing as possible, have these three things ready:

  • Picnic basket : We are all too familiar with the classic picnic basket – large and woven. If you do not already own one, do not fret, because any container resembling a basket will do. Just make sure that it is large enough to hold all your things and has handles so you could carry it with ease.
  • Snacks and drinks : What is a picnic without food? For your picnic munchies, try to stick to finger foods. Sandwiches and appetizers are your best bet, especially if you cannot be bothered to bring plates and utensils to your picnic.
  • Picnic blanket : Make sure to bring a picnic blanket (or mat, if that is what you have) which is large enough to allow everyone to sit comfortably. If you have several guests to your picnic, you might have to bring several blankets.
  • Cooler (optional) : If you are planning to have your picnic on a particularly sunny day, or if you are bringing food which is best served chilled, then you would definitely need to bring a cooler with you. If you do not have one, an ice box would work just as well.
  • Plates and utensils (optional) : If you are bringing finger foods with you, then you would not really have a need for plates and utensils. However, these will come in handy should you decide to pack a full lunch or bring cakes for dessert.

3 Easy Steps

Now that you know what things you should be taking with you, let us proceed to the tutorial!

Step 1: Determine How You Want Your Picnic To Go

Determine How You Want Your Picnic To Go

This first step is often neglected, but that does not mean that it is not important. In fact, this might as well be the most important step in planning a picnic in the park. Unless you have a fixed concept in mind, you would not be able to easily plan your event.

It is important to have a general idea on how you want to conduct your picnic so you could choose the venue and prepare the menu. It is also important to decide if it would be an intimate event or a moderately big gathering. This is important when inviting people to go to your picnic!

If it is a family event, then preparations would be a bit easier since coordination would be easy. This might not necessarily be true if the picnic is a fairly big event with different attendees. In that case, arranging for a time and place for the picnic can be a bit more challenging.

Step 2: Choose a Picnic Spot

Choose a Picnic Spot

This step is very crucial because it will determine a lot of things. For example, your picnic spot will determine your travel time. It will also determine what kind of food or snacks you can take with you. it will also be a deciding factor when determining how many people could join your picnic!

Ideally, you would want to choose a park located near you. This will lessen the travel time and will afford you more time to enjoy the picnic itself. But what if there are no nearby parks near you? Or what if picnics are not allowed in parks near your home?​

In such case, you would have no other choice but to scour for other picnic locations. Check out the public parks in nearby cities. If you are near a national park, you might also want to check out if they have a space reserved for those who want to have picnics within the grounds.

You will likely end up with a couple of possible picnic spots. To determine which one you should choose as the venue for your picnic, you might want to consider a number of factors. One such factor would be peak hours. This is especially important if you are having a picnic on a weekend.

Your picnic spot should not be too crowded. Otherwise, you would be preoccupied with the sheer number of people going around. Also, if any of the participants to your picnic is allergic to or scared of dogs, you might want to choose a location not frequented by dog owners and their pets.​

Step 3: Prepare Your Food and Drinks

Prepare Your Food and Drinks

So you have already set aside a date for your little picnic. You have picked a location, as well. Now what?

No picnic is complete without the food and drinks, so you have to carefully think about this. Will you be preparing all the food? Or will you be asking the participants to each bring a potluck? Both options have merits and you should carefully consider how to go about it

Should you choose to ask the participants to bring a potluck, you would have to coordinate with everyone to make sure that allergies and food preferences are taken into consideration. You would also have to find out if plates, glasses, and utensils would be necessary.

Should you decide to prepare the food yourself, then you have to plan your menu. If you do not have much time to prepare food on the day of the day of the picnic, then it would do you good to make certain preparations ahead of time.

Food that can be stored such as preserves, cookies, and bread can be made ahead of time. Certain appetizers can also be made ahead of time, stored in the freezer, and cooked on the day itself. Plan your menu early and shop for ingredients at least two days before your picnic.​


Park picnic

With theme parks and themed restaurants peaking popularity in recent years, do-it-yourself gatherings such as picnics have become less popular. But that does not mean that it has become less enjoyable. If anything, you might find its uniqueness quite intriguing and interesting!

Did you enjoy this article? Do you have any tips and tricks on how to make picnics fuss-free and more enjoyable? Do you have favorite picnic venues? Or do you want to know more picnic hacks? If the answer is yes, drop us a line or two in the comments below! We would love to hear from you.

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About the Author

I'm Lily Evans and I’m here to share with you pieces of travel advice, as well as handy tips and tricks, which I have accumulated over years of travelling and exploring the globe.