Pack a Quick Picnic! I dare you to say that fast 3 times! We usually have about 3 picnics a week during the summer. I used to fret and stress about packing a picnic every time we ventured outside. Lately, I have come up with some tips to make those outside trips easy and nutritious! Join us!
1. Find the right carrier. There are a thousand picnic bags out there. For day trips to the lake, park or zoo I bring my collapsible picnic basket. It is light and keeps everything nice and cool. I have seen many versions. I got mine for $10.00 at the local drug store.
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2. Include the right ingredients. Every Sunday night I take 15 minutes to chop up all the fruits and vegetables. I try to prepare as much as possible to last 3 days. I don't want my kids constantly eating unhealthy food. I have learned that if I offer them a variety then they will eat more healthy food. My staples include, grape tomatoes, celery, cucumber wedges, mini carrots, cauliflower and broccoli. With some ranch dip these are difficult to resist. I also include some pepperoni sticks. Don't forget the crackers and bread. I usually include a variety of these in small portions.
|I use containers with removable sections. I use the sections as bowls for the kids.|
3. No ice packs please. I use our water bottles instead. Their bottles are filled with ice cubes and put inside of the picnic basket to keep everything nice and cold. I also bring along a portable jug with water. This saves some space in the cooler. Sometimes I pack a bunch of frozen juice boxes that turn into slushies. It is a cool welcomed treat!
With these simple picnic tips you are sure to picnic more and panic less.
What is your quick picnic tip?