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How to Have The Best Picnic, Our “Must Have” List

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If you have followed along with us for very long, you will know that we are pretty big fans of picnics. We love to be outside and firmly believe that food taste better in nature! We like to picnic all year round, which may sound funny to some, but if you have a system, then it’s not so daunting of a task. These are just a few of our favorite things that make our picnics easier and help keep us organized! I’ve shared links so you can check them out yourself if you want!

Silicone yogurt molds: We use these for everything! Applesauce, yogurt, popsicles, frozen yogurt and fruit. We make our own popsicles almost daily in the summer! These are well

used at our house and great for picnics!

2. Picnic basket: This one has served us well! We’ve used it for hot and cold foods and it always does the trick! It’s big enough for all our food and the inside can be wiped down if something spills. We’ve had our current one for at least 3 years.

3. Reusable bags: I started using these about a year and 1/2 ago and now I don’t even buy plastic bags! I have 3 sets so I’m saving money in the long run! They can be used in the refrigerator or freezer and have held us incredibly well! I use them for literally everything-cut up fruit and veggies, sandwiches, shredded chicken for salads, cookies, you name it, you can use them for it!

4. Beeswax wraps: I was looking for something to wrap my homemade bread in and these have been perfect! Plus, I use them in place of plastic wrap too! I have 2 different kinds and I use them everyday for something. They will last several years and you can save money on plastic wrap or bags in the long run. They are not hard to take care of once you get the hang of it and are so handy to have around!

5. Cups: I recently switched all my kids (except the baby) to aluminum color coded cups. You can read about my color coding HERE. These have been great for keeping them straight and keeping their drinks cold all day! The lids also close well if you don’t want to use the straw and this has cut down on spills tremendously! It was quite an investment to buy one for all the kids, but it was worth it for me!

6. Small mason jars: We have used these for everything- applesauce, fruit parfaits, cottage cheese, mini taco salads, crackers, desserts, etc. They are a great serving size for kids and you can just throw them in the dishwasher! Plus, it is cheaper to buy your yogurt, apple sauce, etc in bulk and then divide into individual servings. We carry these to every picnic!

7. Plastic jar lids: I was using the 2 piece lids on the small mason jars, but they were hard to wash, so I have started using these instead. They come in different colors and both wide and regular mouth so they are so convenient to use! My kids each have an assigned color (read about it HERE) and we have added these in each of their colors to further help organize our life!

8. Half gallon jars: We use these for all kinds of storage, but on picnics, for drinks. We usually fill one with water and one with lemonade. They hold up well with no spills and can be thrown in the dishwasher when you are finished. You can never have too many jars! Plus it is cheaper than buying bottled water or canned drinks.

9. “Foldable” picnic table: This may seem silly to some, but we have gotten alot of use out of our folding picnic table. There are many times we don’t have a place to sit so we alway have this on hand. I say it is “foldable” because it does fold up, but it folds up in 3 pieces instead of all in one. Either way, we have really enjoyed having a ready use picnic table in our trunk!

10. Canvas bag: I know there’s lots of different options on bags, but this is a great one for all the items that don’t need to be kept in the cooler. We use it for plates, chips, bread, paper towels, etc. that way they don’t get wet or cold in the cooler.


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