With the summer holidays now in full swing, many of you will be on the hunt for family days out to entertain the kids over the summer. And what better way to enjoy time together than getting out and exploring the world around us? If you’re wanting to find somewhere in Yorkshire, see our list of Yorkshire picnic hot spots.
It’s not always the expensive days out that are the best. There’s something to be said for packing up a picnic and letting the kids run free in nature. Loved by kids and adults alike, picnics often provide the picture-perfect day out. But when you’re away from home you can’t just dash inside to get more ice, or a knife to cut that peach. When you pack for a picnic, you need to be super organised and think ahead.
We get that you probably have enough on your hands keeping the kids busy and getting them ready. That’s why we’ve created a ‘top five things to pack for a picnic’ list, making it quick and easy for you this summer.
1. A great selection of nibbles and drinks
Here at The Ice Co, we love a sandwich. But sometimes it’s nice to mix things up and have an alternative picnic menu. For the kids, we like these mini crustless quiches, the trusty tuna pasta, and the Gummy Fish drink. For the grown ups, we love this Heirloom Tomato Salad, the Spanish Tortilla and a delicious summer punch.
2. A cool box and lots of Party Ice Cubes
If you’re wondering what to pack your picnic in, the best place to start is by considering the food and drink you’re going to put inside. If you’re taking perishables, dairy products or drinks that are best served cold, a traditional wicker hamper might not work too well. While it’ll definitely give you a great pic for the ‘gram, you might end up with soggy sandwiches and warm canned cocktails.
To keep your food and drink cold, consider investing in a better that you can use year after year, and stock up on ahead of picnic day. Alternatively, there’s a great picnic hack you can use, providing you have spare tupperware to hand! Grab a few tupperware, fill them with ice, secure the lid and that’s it! You’ve got your very own DIY cool packs. Use the ice when you’ve arrived to cool drinks, see our Instagram Reel here showing you exactly what we mean.
3. Plates, glasses, utensils and a bottle opener
Your place settings could be easy and simple, like recyclable disposable plates, cups and cutlery, or if you’re going for the special occasion vibe, you might want to take something more formal. If you’ve got drinks bottles to open, you’ll need a bottle opener, so don’t forget to pop that in your bag!
4. A chopping board and knife
It might be a bit OTT, but a chopping board and knife will certainly make your life easier – particularly if you’re taking crusty bread, cheese or uncut fruit. Preparing your food at your picnic location can also help to keep the food fresh, so if that’s your plan, this point is especially important.
5. Clean up stuff
If you’ve witnessed a three-year-old eating strawberries, you’ll know why we’ve suggested taking clean up products. Although having a packet of baby wipes and antibacterial wipes in your bag is par for the course when you have children, it’s one of those consumables that runs out so fast that you don’t want to be caught short. It’s also worth taking a rubbish bag, so when you’ve finished your soiree you can leave your picnic area squeaky clean.