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When the sun shines, and temperatures rise, heading outside is almost irresistible. The favourite outdoor pursuit for many Brits is picnics, which provide an excellent opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends. Here are our top tips for having the perfect picnic.

1. Keep It Simple

Keeping your picnic kit simple is highly advantageous. If you have any distance to travel, you certainly don’t want to be weighed down with unnecessaries. Plates, cups, and cutlery add the most weight, so consider opting for those made from paper or plastic. While you want to keep your kit to a minimum, don’t forget essentials such as sunglasses, hats, and bug spray.

2. Pre Make Food

Plan food that complements itself and prepare your food at home. Trying to butter bread and slice cheese sitting on a blanket isn’t a hassle you want. It is best to only take what you need; otherwise, you will have to carry the excess back home. If you are taking sticky finger food, such as pre-cooked BBQ chicken wings, then pack some wet wipes, so you can easily clean fingers and faces afterward.

3. Pack Your Food Properly

Packing your food correctly is a vital component of successful picnics. No one will enjoy flattened or soggy sandwiches. An insulated cool bag or rigid container helps keep your food fresh and prevents it from being crushed. If you purchase an insulated bag or box, look for one with straps or compartments that hold things in place. This will reduce the likelihood of glasses, plates, and plastic food containers breaking.

4. Picnic Benches Or Blankets

Sitting on the floor on a picnic blanket isn’t for everyone. It can be uncomfortable, particularly if you are elderly or have a physical ailment. Many parks and country homes have picnic benches and picnic tables for visitors. You can improve your seating comfort by taking a cushion, and flat picnic chair cushions weigh next to nothing and take up little room.

If you opt for the blanket option, choose one that is machine washable and has a waterproof underside.

5. Location, Location, Location

We recently explored the best spots for a picnic in the West Midlands, but there are essential things to consider wherever you choose to go. The first is shade, particularly when the weather is hot. Natural shade, such as that created by trees, is ideal on warm days because it keeps you and your family protected from intense rays of sunshine while allowing you to enjoy the cooling breeze.

If the weather looks like it may rain, then plan your picnics close to a retreat, such as an indoor space, gazebo, or car. If the heavens open, you know you can shelter until the downpour ends.