Summer Picnic Basket Essentials

There are certain must-packs when loading a picnic basket. A blanket, utensils, sunscreen, bug repellent, and an umbrella are essential to a seamless time. But what about the food (because it’s all about the food!)? What are some good picnic options and what should you leave in the pantry for a rainy day?

Determining what to make or buy depends on what you’ve got a hankering for. However, some foods make better options than others, including the following:

Finger Sandwiches

Finger sandwiches make the ideal picnic addition because they’re a no-fuss, on-the-go snack that come in all kinds of varieties. You can find a plethora of recipes for tea sandwiches online and choose from a range of options, including: turkey, brie, and apple; salmon and cucumber; curried egg salad; prosciutto and fig; smoked trout; and more selections that sate your appetite and make you feel fancy.


The right fruit complements a picnic lunch perfectly, but not all fruit is created equal when it comes to outdoor fun. Rather than going bananas, opt for fruits that are water-packed, especially if you’re picnicking on a hot day. Watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, peaches, and oranges are great hydrating options. 


Condiments are easily forgotten picnic accessories, but they can make all the difference when it comes to taste. While you may opt to bring lunchtime staples, such as mustard and mayonnaise, be careful about leaving certain foods out in the sun for too long. In particular, mayo (and dishes that contain it) shouldn’t be kept out of the fridge/cooler with ice for more than two hours. 


If you’re looking to merge your meal with a little romance, don’t forget to pack the Pinot or the Port. Red wine makes the ideal picnic drink since it is best served unchilled. 


In the best news ever, studies suggest that dessert may be good for you when you indulge strategically. What better time to kick back with a cookie than on a picnic? If you’re looking to think beyond the chocolate chips, opt for another outdoor-friendly selection. The best picnic desserts tend to be simple. In other words, take lemon cupcakes rather than lemon meringue pie.  

Summer is the quintessential time for a picnic. These tips will help make outings easy and delicious each time you head to the hills with some ham and cheese. 

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