Planning the perfect picnic can be fun, especially if you get the family involved. Depending on their ages, the kids can be responsible for carrying a backpack with the picnic blanket, toys (such as balls and a Frisbee for after lunch), wet wipes for sticky hands and extra sacks for trash.
The best picnic food is portable and low-maintenance, which means save the sloppy joes for home! Wondering how much food to pack? In general, plan on bringing one sandwich or main entrée per person and several snacks to share, as well as several drinks for each person.
Food poisoning is always an uninvited guest at a picnic! The USDA states that perishable food cannot sit out longer than two hours. If it is 90 degrees F or hotter outside, cut that time down to one hour. For this reason, it is important that you have a well-insulated cooler, as well as ice packs or ice to pack around the food, especially if you are going on a picnic far from your home.
Plan on packing two separate coolers — one with your perishable items and another with your beverages. Only open the cooler with the perishable items when it is time to eat to keep the food fresh.
Getting hungry? Here are some fun and easy picnic food ideas:
Instead of lugging along extra cups, consider bringing beverages in lightweight plastic bottles, such as Mott’s Juice in the 8-ounce bottle or juice boxes. This 100 percent apple juice is the perfect drink to quench kids' thirst when playing outside.
Your kids and teens will also love the new Mott's Fruit Juice drinks with yummy flavors including Fruit Punch Rush, Wild Grape Surge and Strawberry Boom. These drinks contain 40 percent less sugar than fruit juices and no artificial sweeteners. Score!
Bringing your dog along to the picnic? Don’t forget a small container for his water!
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