If you love picnics but you’re feeling overwhelmed by what to bring, we made a picnic checklist to help you out.
Picnics are a wonderful way to enjoy the sunshine, eat delicious food and make beautiful memories with your loved ones.
Organizing a picnic doesn’t have to be difficult and stressful.
Picnic planning can actually be very easy if you plan ahead and follow a checklist with all the picnic essentials you need to bring with you.
When you’re out in nature you can’t go back to bring the bottle opener you left home. When your kitchen is miles away, you need to make sure you packed all the essential items.
We cover everything you need for planning a perfect picnic adventure. This picnic item list can help you organize small outings for two, picnics for small families, for larger crowds and corporate picnic events.
From essentials like picnic baskets and blankets to optional items like seating pillows and portable pizza ovens.
At the end of the list we help you choose what food to bring on a picnic, we give you ideas for finger foods, main dishes, desserts and drinks.
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Prepare the food ahead, cut the veggies, the fruits and make sure you don’t leave anything behind. If you take cheese, choose a firm one that cuts easily.
If you take cheese, choose a firm one that cuts easily. Although delicious, stay away from soft cheeses – they are hard to eat and can go gooey in the heat.
- Veggies (Celery Sticks, Carrots, Olives, Cherry Tomatoes, Bell Pepper)
- Pre-Cut Fruits (Strawberries, Apples, Peaches, Pear)
- Salami, Pastrami, Chorizo
- Wraps, Rolls, Bruschetta
- Mini-Sandwiches, Mini-Burgers, Mini-Pizza
CHEESE, NUTS AND JAMS
- Cheese (firmer cheeses are preferred)
- Crackers, Chips, Nuts
- Dried Fruits: Dates, Figs, Apricot
- Fresh Fruits: Grapes, Pear, Apple
MAIN DISH IDEAS
- Salads (Chicken, Green, Potato Salads)
- Lobster Rolls
- Pasta Dishes
dips and sauces
- Pepper Spread
- Sourdough Bread
- Peanut Butter
- Natural Fresh Juice
2. Main Picnic Equipment
The equipment you need to take with you depends on the size and the theme of the picnic. For larger crowds or events, you’ll probably want to add extra gear like: grills, coolers, camping chairs, picnic tables, portable pizza ovens. For couples or small families, a picnic blanket and a basket is enough to have a wonderful outdoor adventure.
- Picnic Blanket with Waterproof Backing
- Picnic Basket / Picnic Backpack (insulated preferred)
- Charcoal (if you take the grill)
- Folding Chairs
- Picnic Table
- Outdoor Wine Table
- Picnic Stove
To keep the drinks chilled and the food fresh and safe, you’ll want to hold everything in an well-insulated basket or a cooler.
Don’t have access to an insulated option? Add refreezable ice packs next to your food and beverages to keep it cold.
It also helps freezing the drinks and the food a day before, so you could serve them chilled once you arrive to your picnic destination.
- Insulated Basket / Tote / Backpack / Bag
- Ice or Reusable Ice Packs
- Mini-First Aid Kit
- Lantern (with fuel batteries)
- Trash & Recycling Bags
- Zip-Lock Bags to Put Dirty Dishes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Paper Towels
- Wet Wipes
- Sunscreen with high SPF
- Sunglasses with UV Protection
- Sun Hat
- Lip Balm
- Bug Spray
- Insect Repellent
- Essential Oils that Repel Insects
For a luxurious picnic, use porcelain plates, stainless steel cutlery and real wine glasses.
But if you’re like me and don’t want to worry about breaking fine china, you’ll go with durable hard plastic items: melamine plates, shatterproof glasses.
To avoid disappointments don’t forget the corkscrew, even if you don’t drink, someone else will.
Cutting with a plastic knife is always a frustrating experience, so for your peace of mind make sure you bring a good knife with a sharp blade, that can easily cut through fruits, veggies, cheese, meat.
- Cups / Mugs / Glasses
- Forks, Knives, Spoons
- Salt & Pepper Shakers
- A Sharp Knife (that can actually cut)
- Corkscrew or Bottle Opener (Important!)
- Food Containers
- Cutting Board
- Bottle Stopper
- Portable Coffee / Tea Maker
- Vacuum Flask
- Cheese Board
- Wine Tote
- Card Games
- Frisbee, Badminton, Kite, Ball
- Music (Bluetooth Speaker, Headphones)