Everyone loves summer picnics! Are you ready for the next one? How long would it take you to prepare your picnic supplies and leave for that last-minute outdoor social?
I recommend packing a ready-to-go picnic basket or container with all the supplies you need beforehand and storing it in an easy-to-reach place, like the pantry, hall closet, or garage. Besides food, think of all the items you need for a picnic: tablecloth or sitting blanket, paper plates and cups, plastic utensils, napkins, wipes, sunscreen, bug repellent, etc. You can also prepare ahead for other outdoor adventures. Here’s a short list that might include these items.
- Park play dates – balls, frisbee, badminton set, snacks, water bottles
- Bike rides – helmets, tire pump, sunglasses, water bottles, bright clothing visible to auto drivers
- Pool or beach parties – swimsuits, swim goggles, towels, sun hats, sunscreen, flip flops, extra change of clothes
- Hiking trips – hiking shoes or boots, hats, water bottles, snacks, trail maps
Can you think of other outdoor activities your family engages in that require supplies? Add to this list. If you have small children, you’ll want to include things like diapers, of course. If you have dog, you may want to include their water container and food as well. If anyone in your family has severe allergies, you’ll want to pack an EpiPen for emergency bee stings or accidental exposure to peanuts.
Even if you don’t create a to-go basket, bag, or backpack, create a packing list of everything you need, so you can be prepared to exit your home easily without stress. Get organized now; you’ll be glad you did. After all, you don’t want to forget that extra change of underwear after a spontaneous ocean dip!