The sun is starting to shine and the weather is warming up. After being trapped inside for what feels like decades we are all keen to get outside! This year I’m particularly looking forward to going on some picnics.
I have put together a list of summer picnic essentials to ensure you have a Summer of fab picnics. Make sure you head all the way to the end of the article where I have listed some Northamptonshire providers of locally produced food to take on your picnic!
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My summer picnic essentials list…
One of the most obvious summer picnic essentials is a picnic blanket. Make sure you get one with a waterproof backing in case the grass is a bit wet. A patterned or dark colour is also good as the kids always seem to want to walk all over it!
This one from Amazon is available in a mixture of colours and patterns and is available in a choice of different sizes.
Along with the blanket, another obvious must-have is a picnic basket or cool bag. Baskets are pretty (and often have cutlery included) but a cool bag is a lot more functional and easier to carry. Don’t forget your cool blocks. I usually just keep the ones I get in my HelloFresh box then they can be thrown away after.
Joules have a variety of beautiful baskets including an insulated cooler basket. For a smaller size cool bag, this nautical one is cute from M&S or for a larger option Dunelm have a great stripey one.
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Depending on what food you have on your picnic, you may need plates and cutlery. We usually just take sandwhiches and crisps so dont need them. At the end of last Summer my Sister and I got really into cold meat salads so will defo be having a couple of them this year.
Along with cutlery, don’t forget glasses for your drinks, especially if you’re taking a bottle of wine! If you do, don’t forget your bottle opener. You can also get some really cool water bottles now or if you’d rather a hot drink then you will need a thermos.
This portable wine glass comes with a lid to protect against bugs and spills plus has thermal technology that keeps your drink cool.
There is nothing better on a Summers day than listening to some summer tunes. Don’t forget your portable speaker to plug into your phone.
This one from Amazon is perfect at only £22.99 and with 15 hours of playtime.
Something I noticed last year was people using the pull along carts. They seem a great idea as you don’t actually have to carry anything but instead take it in turns to pull along. I have also seen people use these on the beach.
Something you most likely already have but might not think to take is a bag for your rubbish. Alot of places, including country parks, no longer provide bins and ask that you take your rubbish home with you. You don’t want empty yogurt pots bouning around your bag!
Along with this, don’t forget wipes for those hands, faces and any spills.
Something I always forget (which is surprising as I lived in Australia for 15 years) is a sunhat and sunglasses for the kids. I got Hudson both sunglasses and a sunhat from Boden last year that looked absolutly adorable.
Along with these, don’t forget the suncream. I love this Nivea one as it’s a spray so easy to apply, goes on blue to make sure you get even coverage, is factor 50+ and also extra water-resistant.
As soon as the sun comes out, so do the flys. Keep some insect repellant in your bag!
Take some toys for the kids. Throughout Summer I always try and keep a ball in the back of the car. I recently got a cheap set of sand toys for wherever there is a sandpit and my boys have been loving these velcro ball and catch sets recently. You could also take some simple card games such as Uno or some orchard toys games.
If your kids are anything like mine and want to climb up and on everything in their path then you will be no stranger to regular cuts and bruises. It’s always worth carrying a small first aid kit.
With the sometimes unpredictable English weather is can be worth taking a windbreaker just in case.
Last on my list of absolute summer picnic essentials is food!! We have some amazing providers of picnic or graze style food in Northamptonshire such as The Gathering Box co. Grazed by L & A, Market Graze Inn, Castle Ashby Deli, The Plough at Shutlanger, Two Old Goats, Scotch Lodge Farm and Smiths Farm Shop.
Do you know of any other summer picnic essentials or local food providers then let us know in the comments below.
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