Packing the Perfect Picnic

It’s picnic season! Skip the smashed PB&Js and check out our guide for packing the perfect picnic! This rundown includes some picnic must-haves, recipe suggestions and tips on how to make your picnic outing a success.  

How to Pack the Perfect Picnic

  • While you can use a basket (which might look cuter), a cooler will better protect the food and helps keep it cool.
  • Pack the foods you plan on bringing in separate containers to avoid your foods mushing together. It helps if you can put each item into a hard-sided container and make sure everything is sealed tight.
  • Put your drinks on the bottom with ice packs or ice and put your lightest items on the top. This might sound obvious, but food often gets shuffled around in a cooler or basket.

Picnic Food Ideas and Inspiration

BLT Sandwich with Homemade Mayo

Photo from PBS Food

Cobb Salad Wrap

Photo from PBS Food

Greek Pasta Salad

Photo from PBS Food

Potato Salad with Sour Cream and Scallions

Photo from PBS Food

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Photo from PBS Food

Strawberry Lemonade

Photo from PBS Food

Find even more recipes on our Pinterest Board for even more inspiration:

Food Safety Tips

  • Use plenty of ice packs or use frozen water bottles to keep your food cold.
  • Pass on mayo-based salads if you plan on not eating the picnic for a few hours as they can spoil more quickly.
  • Don’t eat perishable food that has been out of the cooler for more than two hours.

Other Non-Food Items to Bring Along

  • A big blanket that is one you won’t care too much about if something spills on it
  • Reusable plates, plastic cups and reusable silverware. If you’re bringing wine, don’t forget the corkscrew
  • Paper towels or napkins (cloth napkins are great as they are sturdier than regular napkins)
  • Damp paper towels in a zip-lock bag or wet wipes
  • Trash bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray