Thinking of having a picnic this year? This is the only guide you’ll need to help you know what to bring, where to picnic and what to keep an eye out for.

What to bring on a picnic?

Picnics are a wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors, whether it’s a family gathering, a romantic date, or a fun day out with friends. To make the most of your picnic experience, it’s important to pack the right essentials. From delicious food to practical supplies, this blog will outline the must-have items for a successful and enjoyable picnic.

Picnic Basket or Backpack: A sturdy and spacious picnic basket or backpack is the foundation of a well-organized picnic. Look for one with insulated compartments to keep your food and drinks fresh and cool. It should also have enough space to accommodate your plates, utensils, and other essentials.

Blanket or Mat: A comfortable and waterproof blanket or mat is a must for any picnic. Opt for one that is easy to fold and carry, providing ample space for everyone to sit and relax. Choose a material that is durable and easy to clean in case of spills.

Utensils and Tableware: Pack a set of reusable plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery to minimize waste. Opt for lightweight and durable materials such as melamine or bamboo. Don’t forget to bring serving spoons, a sharp knife, a bottle opener, and napkins for convenience.

Food and Drinks: The heart of any picnic is the delicious food and refreshing drinks. Consider a variety of finger foods like sandwiches, wraps, and salads that are easy to eat outdoors. Fresh fruits, cheese, and charcuterie platters are also excellent options. Bring along a selection of beverages, including water, juices, and perhaps a bottle of wine or sparkling cider for a special touch.

Condiments and Seasonings: To enhance the flavors of your picnic fare, don’t forget to pack condiments such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and salad dressings in small, spill-proof containers. Additionally, bring a salt and pepper shaker, as well as any other preferred seasonings or herbs to add a burst of flavor to your dishes.

Cooler and Ice Packs: If you plan on bringing perishable items or need to keep your drinks cold, a cooler and ice packs are essential. Ensure the cooler is large enough to hold your food and beverages, and use ice packs to maintain the desired temperature throughout the day.

Sunscreen and Insect Repellent: Protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays and pesky insects is crucial during a picnic. Apply sunscreen before heading out, and bring extra for reapplication. Opt for a waterproof and high SPF formula. Additionally, pack an insect repellent to keep bugs at bay.

Trash Bags and Wet Wipes: Keeping the picnic area clean and tidy is essential. Bring a couple of trash bags for disposing of any waste properly. Wet wipes or hand sanitizer will come in handy for quick clean-ups and sanitizing your hands before eating.

Entertainment and Activities: To make your picnic memorable, consider bringing some outdoor games or activities. A frisbee, a football, or a deck of cards can provide hours of entertainment. Don’t forget a portable speaker if you want to enjoy some music.

Where to have a picnic in Windsor-Essex County?

Windsor-Essex County has a plethora of spaces you can have a picnic this summer. See a list of places below:

What wine should you bring with you?

If you’re thinking of bringing wine with you on your picnic, there’s a few things to keep in mind. If you are bringing white or rosé, you want to ensure you have a way to keep your wine chilled – it tastes so much better that way, promise! That requires bringing an insulated cooler with ice. Our Lola Light Rosé is the perfect picnic pairing. If you’re opting for a red, consider our Pinot Noir VQA.

A successful picnic relies on thoughtful planning and packing the right essentials. By ensuring you have a well-stocked basket or backpack with delicious food, drinks, utensils, and comfort items like blankets and sunscreen, you’ll be ready for a fantastic outdoor adventure. So, gather your loved ones, explore beautiful outdoor locations, and create lasting memories with a perfect picnic experience.