How To Pack A Picnic Basket

How to Pack a Picnic Basket

It’s officially summertime, and that means day trips, long drives to get to vacation spots, and picnics with family and friends.  No one likes to get to the vacation or weekend destination and realize you’ve forgotten to pack something crucial for your summertime picnic fun.

Have no fear—Tasty Catering’s Resource Center is here with the how-to list of tips for packing a picnic basket.

  • Choose a picnic basket for your dry foods, and a cooler for your cold or moist foods.  There are many different sizes of picnic baskets and coolers, so use your best judgment to select the ones that are best for your vacation-loving family, the duration of the summer vacation trip, and the amount of summer fun foods you’re planning to bring with you.
  • Pick the summer menu for your summer picnicPeanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cold cut sandwiches, hot dogs—whatever your family enjoys on a hot summer day!  Choose the summer picnic menu and write down each thing you’ll need for each vacation or day trip meal.  Making a summer picnic menu list will help you make sure you don’t grab all of the cold cuts and condiments but forget the bread on the counter!
  • Separate your summer cold foods from your dry foods.  Dry foods go in the picnic basket, and cold foods go into the cooler.  Separating the two keeps your summer picnic menu items fresh and tasty.
  • Pack heavier dry picnic items on the bottom of the picnic basket, and lighter items on top.  Self-explanatory, right?  It’s just a good reminder—no one likes to get to their picnic or vacation spot and find their sandwich rolls smashed flat by a jar of peanut butter.
  • Pack heavier cold picnic items on the bottom of the cooler.  Be sure to layer your cooler with ice between cold picnic items to make certain that your cold picnic foods—like potato salad, macaroni salad, fruit salads, and veggies—are kept cold.
  • Don’t forget the picnic utensils!  Before you close the lid on your picnic basket, make sure you have plastic forks, spoons, and knives, paper plates and napkins, plastic cups, and a couple of bags for trash.  Feeling environmentally-friendly this summer?  There are plenty of companies that offer all sorts of eco-friendly plastic and paper picnic essentials.  A complete list of green picnic utensils can be found here, on the website Green Party Goods.
  • Bring a few extra items to make your summer picnic perfect.  Grab a picnic blanket or tablecloth on which to spread your picnic items, a Frisbee or baseball and gloves for playing catch after the meal, and a wireless radio or mp3 player to play some summer fun music to amplify the summer picnic spirit.

Happy summer!

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