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What to Pack in Your Picnic Basket

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Published September 10th 2013
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A well planned picnic basket can help towards a great experience!

Summer is just "around the corner!" And, that means wonderful warm evenings which just begs us to venture out for a stunning surreal evening picnic. There is nothing worse than getting to your favourite spot and realising that your picnic basket is missing a few things.

Here are a few things that can guide you on your "Summer Picnic" way!

1. Cutlery

Believe it or not, I was in such a rush to get to our favourite picnic spot that I forgot to pack cutlery. There is nothing worse than eating potato salad with a bent paper plate!

The main cutlery items you would need are knives, forks, and spoons. However, large serving spoons, prongs, sharp knife and an egg lifter can come in very handy, especially if you plan to barbeque some of your food!

2. Crockery

You don't have to take porcelain plates, however make sure there are dishes to serve food on. This could be paper, plastic, or porcelain plates. Drinking glasses would also be a good idea, especially if you have juice. Once again, they don't have to be glass. Don't forget a cutting-board. I like to know I have a clean surface to cut veggies on if I plan to have a barbeque. It also comes handy when we just have a cold picnic, as it is where bread can be placed.

3. Linen

If you are planning to use a picnic table, you may not need a table cloth! However, I like to take one just in case. You just never know what condition the table has been left in.

You may also want to pack in some napkins/serviettes. A roll of paper towels can be very handy as it can be used as a serviette and to clean with.

4. Little Containers

Little plastic containers are probably one of the best inventions. I have a set to store everything from nuts to cheeses.

5. Condiments

You will not believe how many times we have forgotten salt, pepper and tomato sauce. I would class these as the CNE's (Critical Non Essentials). Of course, you may have some other sauces and spices you like, so make sure you add those in to.

6. Hot Drinks

Now this is not essential, but a nice hot coffee with your meal can just be what the "doctor ordered". You can, of course, pick up an espresso from a café close to your picnic spot, but sometimes there is just not one around and a flask of hot water is just perfect. Hot water can be a versatile commodity where you can make tea, coffee, Milo etc.

7. Water

While you may have water available at some picnic spots, I like to have our own water handy in case there is none at our chosen spot.

Of course the next part is what type of food. And that part I will leave up to you, because I know we can have anything from a cheese & wine picnic to a barbecue.

However, if you have a picnic basket ready to "rock 'n roll" then most of the work is already done.

What are the things you like to have in your picnic basket?
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