Rack your brains. When was the last time you went on a picnic?
The answer is probably a really, really long time ago.
Unfortunately, for a lot of us, meal times are often either spent at our desks, on the go, or rushed at home after a particularly busy day. The busyness of our lives can sometimes make us forget that meals are meant to be enjoyed, and that they’re not just another mundane experience that’s part of our everyday routine. That’s why going on a picnic once in a while can do you a whole lot of good.
Picnics allow you to take a much-break from the chaos of your life. Spending time with your family and friends, and some delicious food, in a natural setting is a great way to unwind. It will have an elevating effect on your mood and make your happy during the course of the mood.
Since there’s a lot of planning that goes into a picnic, it’s easy to forget some of the essentials. Luckily for you, here’s a list of must-haves for your next picnic this summer.
Food is probably the most important part of the picnic. Since you’re packing the food, you want to keep it as mess-free as possible. This means no runny, liquid food.
Keep in mind that the food you take should also be compact, and, preferably, bite-sized. Try to avoid elaborate, ‘dinner-type’ meals.
For a favourite finger-food that’s also popular with the kids, try making aloo tikkis. This versatile, popular version of potato preparation can be had with almost anything, and is super quick (and super easy to pack!).
You can’t say picnic without saying sandwich. It’s a classic picnic staple.
The best thing about sandwiches is that they can be filled with a hundred different things—maybe not at the same time though. You can fill the sandwich to yours, or your kids’, preference.
For an easy, quick, but nutritious take on this, try a carrot and cheese sandwich. This innovative recipe is not only sure to be a hit with the whole family, but is vitamin A, protein, calcium, and iron-rich.
Packing all that food will be useless if you have nothing to eat it on. Be sure to pack plates and utensils, including spoons and forks. Also make sure you throw in a knife (wrap this in a towel, though!), a small cutting board, and serving utensils to distribute all that food you’ve worked so hard to make.
For drinks, ensure you pack glasses and cups, as well as a corkscrew or a bottle opener.
Out of all the health tips for summer season, wearing sunscreen is probably the most important. While it’s fun to laze around in the sunshine all day, it’s not so fun to get sunburn. That’s why one of the best summer health tips is to carry along a bottle of sunblock.
Although they might feel great, prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to common summer season diseases such as melanoma—skin cancer. So, as you pack your picnic basket, throw in a bottle of sunscreen.
Things to Clean Up
If you’re with a large group of people, things are bound to spill at some point on the other. That’s why it’s best to bring along things like trash bags, paper towels, and wet wipes. Wet wipes work perfectly as a quick clean-up solution.
There are certain things you need to take to a picnic that are easy to forget. Besides the food and the drinks, think of the other things you’ll need to make the picnic go without a hitch. Plan a picnic during the cold months of the year. Good weather will not only allow you to spend more time outdoors, the chances of the food you are carrying getting spoilt is also far less. Having said that, summer vacation is the peak time to plan picnics. So, make sure that the food can drinks that you are carry is fresh, safe and clean to avoid medical emergency or gastrointestinal diseases that may require a hospital visit. Although you may own a good health insurance policy that covers any kind of OPD or hospital visit it is best take preventive measures. Taking precautionary measures against dengue is yet another preventive measure that needs serious consideration. Avoid going on a picnic close to a stagnant water body, wear full length close, and apply insect repellent to evade the chances of being bitten by a dengue mosquito.
Picnics are the time when friends and family get together to make happy memories. Remember these simple tips and enjoy the most out of your day out.