Because we have done this picnic several times since moving here, I have started to compile a list of non-edible essentials for my picnic basket. This list, which I keep in my basket is always a life saver when I start throwing things in the hour before. It keeps me from having to remember everything every time. That is especially helpful if I have started on my glass of wine.
Here is what I carry:
- Candle (in a small vase-- to keep the wind from blowing out)
- Blanket (waterproof on one side)
- Utensils + Serving utensils
- Plastic cups
- Trash bag
- Paper towels
- Bug Repellant
I have few more tricks too. Instead of ice, I pour about about one inch of water out of my water bottles, freeze them, and then use those to keep wine and veggies cool. Later on, as the ice melts, the kids have cold water.