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
- Salt, pepper
- Cups and plates
- Can opener
- Cooking utensils
- Serving utensils
- Pots and pans
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
- Corkscrew or bottle opener
- Trash bags
- Moist towelettes
- Paper towels
- Aluminum foil
- Resalable containers or plastic bags
- Ice pack or bags of ice
- Table cloth
- Tote, backpack or picnic basket
Picnic essentials for safety and emergencies
- First aid kit
- Insect repellent
- Flash light
- Talcum powder (sprinkling it around your picnic area helps keep insects away)
- Picnic blanket
Food Items to Have on Hand for Fast Getaways
Here are some picnic ideas for spur of the moment picnics:
- Sandwich meat
- Peanut butter
- Hot dogs
- 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.