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Your woodlot is a great place to bond with your family. A picnic is a fun, easy way to create some family memories and expose your kids or grandkids to nature.

Picnic Planning Checklist

Food & Beverages

  • Bottled water
  • Juice
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Salt, pepper

Picnic Tableware

  • Cups and plates
  • Utensils
  • Napkins
  • Can opener
  • Cooking utensils
  • Serving utensils
  • Pots and pans
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Corkscrew or bottle opener

Picnic Cleanup

  • Trash bags
  • Moist towelettes
  • Paper towels
  • Aluminum foil
  • Resalable containers or plastic bags

Picnic Miscellaneous

  • Cooler
  • Ice pack or bags of ice
  • Table cloth
  • Tote, backpack or picnic basket

Picnic essentials for safety and emergencies

  • First aid kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Hats
  • Lanterns
  • Flash light
  • Talcum powder (sprinkling it around your picnic area helps keep insects away)
  • Camera
  • Matches
  • Picnic blanket

Food Items to Have on Hand for Fast Getaways
Here are some picnic ideas for spur of the moment picnics:

  • Sandwich meat
  • Cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Hot dogs
  • Bread
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables with dip
  • Pre-packaged snacks, cookies or crackers
  • Single servings of fruit cups or puddings

Picnic Safety Tips

  • Dairy products and eggs spoil easy so keep them cool.
  • Hot foods should stay at 145 degrees for the duration of use.
  • If hot food falls below 140 for more than 2 hours, throw it out.
  • Store meat items at the bottom of coolers.
  • Cook food thoroughly.
  • Have 2 coolers: 1 for food and the other for drinks.
  • Use sunscreen.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • When playing games, take breaks often to reduce the risk of heat stroke.
  • Sit in the shade during breaks.


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