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6 tips for the perfect picnic - from planning to cleanup and everything in between

We have everything you need to plan and host the perfect picnic.

YOU MIGHT THINK a successful picnic is all about the fancy food you serve, or the weather holding out – but we’ve got news for you.

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There’s a lot more to ensuring your picnic goes well – and happens before you even get there – from planning the food to remembering everything that it ensure it runs smoothly on the day.

To make your next picnic epic, we’ve rounded up six tips to help you plan and pull off a perfect picnic.

1. Preparation

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Like every good girl and boy scout, failing to plan is planning to fail.

They’re hardcore, those scouts.

But it’s worth taking a leaf out of their book and putting some thought and preparation in to your picnic, particularly the day/night before.

Having as much as possible ready to go the night before – picnic blankets in the car, food packed in tupperware and read to grab from the fridge, will shave off valuable minutes in your rush to get going, and make you less likely to forget anything crucial.

2. Location location location

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Of course, it would be nice to rock up to the park or beach of your choice and find it deserted and bathed in sun.

Wouldn’t it?

Sadly, this is… unlikely.

So the best solution is to find your perfect picnic space,  get there early and stake out your claim.

3. Baby wipes

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Even if you don’t have children and/or there are no children attending this event, baby wipes are an incredibly handy thing to have to, er, hand.

From general hand cleaning after eating all that finger food, to wiping sweaty brows or mopping up spills, they’re a handy and more durable cleaning item to have on hand then some paper napkins.

4. Suncream, sun glasses … and rain gear

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Yes, we wish for only the best of weather for your picnic and ours too. And if that happens, then suncream, hats, sunglasses and insect repellant are high on the list of ‘don’t forgets’.

But, Irish weather being what it is, it’s probably wise to throw an umbrella, rain jacket, and a jumper in there too.

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Just in case.

5. Feel the chill

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If the weather is doing its thing and it’s nice and warm, the last thing you want is warm drinks.

One easy solution is to put your bottles of water or juice in the freezer for at least a couple of hours before your picnic – if not overnight (but make sure it’s not a FULL bottle of anything, especially fizzy drinks, as you might have an explosion situation on your hands).

This will mean drinks that stay cooler longer and can also act as icepacks in your food container.

6. Cleaning up

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Remembering what you need to clean up everything after all that delicious food has been eaten is a crucial part of the day too.

So, a bin bag or two – especially if you’re recycling, to keep things separate, tupperware or tinfoil for leftovers (if there even are any) and those baby wipes mentioned above will come in really handy now.

Have we thought of everything? Have you any hints or tips for the perfect picnic? Let us know in the comments below.

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Edel Corrigan

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