Every year, during the summer months, more and more families are choosing to unplug and reconnect with their loved ones over delicious finger food in the great outdoors. In celebration of National Picnic Day, we encourage you to grab a cooler – or basket! – and plan your afternoon escape.
Here are the top 5 considerations to ensure that you have a perfect outdoor picnic:
1. Weather – No matter the time of year, it’s always important to check the day’s weather report and find out about rain, thunderstorms, or extreme heat.
2. Venue – Call the local Parks Department to inquire about park hours, reservation of picnic gazebos, availability of fresh water, barbeques, waste baskets, restrooms, etc.
3. Map and Parking – Grab a map upon entry of the park and take a moment tomark your parking spot and closet exit to save time when exiting the park
4. Emergency Plan - It’s always a good idea to pack a first aid kit when enjoying the outdoors. Whether it’s a bee sting, scrape or bruise, or poison ivy; maintaining an updated first aid kit and fully charged cell phone are critical in keeping a minor emergency into a trip to the emergency room.
5. Food & Drink – Be sure to pack plenty of water to avoid dehydration, ice, and finger foods that can be served at room temperature.
Try some mayo-free Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwiches, Cream Cheese Sandwich Rolls, Crispy Baked Rosemary Parmesan Chickpeas, Fluffy Jalapeno and Cream Cheese Empanadas, Cheesy Corn Muffins, or Baked Sweet Potato and Beet Chip with Horseradish Dip!