Dig out your picnic basket and air your blanket – summer is nearly here. And what better way to take advantage of the warm weather and enjoy some family time than with a picnic. Discover the ways to make it stress-free and fun for all of the family with these tips.
Find a great location
Do your research and settle on a picnic spot – rather than driving aimlessly and hoping to get lucky. Aim for one that has a toilet close by and, if your little one’s still in nappies, baby changing facilities. [Corbis]
Check the weather
We all know that British weather can be unpredictable, so check the forecast on the day of your picnic before heading off. Nothing’s worse than finishing packing up your car just as the sky clouds over. [Corbis]
Pack plenty of choice
This is particularly important if you’ve got a fussy eater on your hands. Take lots of different foods to suit all of your family’s likes. Carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, rice cakes, scotch eggs and dips are all great, and fuss-free ideas you can mix and match. [Corbis]
Don’t forget the sunscreen
As picnics tend to take place at lunchtime when the sun is at it’s hottest, it’s crucial to slather your tots in sun cream to protect their skin. Set up your picnic in a shady spot, out of the direct sunlight, too. [Corbis]
Get in on the games
Plan some games that you can play as a family – simple ball games and chase are great ideas and bound to completely exhaust you all! You can also take story books and read together in the shade. [Corbis]
Invest in a big blanket
Unless you’re planning on going to an actual picnic site with outdoor seating, remember to take blankets for you all to sit on. If you toddler’s an ace at making mess, go for a wipe clean number. [Corbis]
Avoid over packing
With all of the games, blankets, food and baby essentials, it’s easy to go overboard with packing for a picnic. But you need to be able to carry it – particularly if you’re not taking a car and have small peoples’ hands to hold. Take only what you can manage and restrict your kids to one toy each. [Corbis]
Factor in naptime
If your tot is still having an afternoon nap, plan your picnic to include this. If you’re happy to, settle your tot for a snooze in the shade on the picnic blanket or head home in time for his sleep. [Corbis]
Don’t forget the basics
As well as food and drinks, remember to pack everything that your children will need, such as nappies, wipes and other handy essentials like insect repellent, plasters and hand sanitiser. If you’re planning on being out all day, it’s a good idea to take a sunhat for each of your children and a jumper, too. [Corbis]
Rather than being faced with the prospect of cleaning up squashed strawberries and eating yoghurt-flavoured sandwiches, pack all of your food in separate sealed containers and coolbags. [Corbis]
Have a plan B
If your picnic doesn’t go to plan, (i.e. British rain) you can always have an indoor carpet picnic if it rains or it’s not the end of the world if you have to postpone. [Corbis]
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