Summer Picnics: How to Stay Safe & Have Fun!

Summer picnics are something we can all do this summer and stay safe. Check out a few tips to plan your own picnic!

Summer picnics are perfect when celebrated with family, friends, and good friends!

Why You Should Plan More Summer Picnics!

Getting outdoors to enjoy summer picnics is a great way to enjoy nature and good food. It’s also a fun way to entertain the kids without breaking the bank. These fun and delicious ideas are sure to be a hit for any family this summer!

What to Bring to a Picnic?

What you take to your picnic (outside of food) depends on your family. If you have young kids, you’ll want to pack a change of clothing, wet wipes, and a first aid kit at least. But you may also want to bring things for inclement weather. The best thing to do is to make a list of what needs to be brought for each person to make the experience fun.

Food Ideas That Are Simple

The food at a picnic can be amazingly complicated, but the best thing to do is keep it super-simple. Food you can eat with your hands like sandwiches, cold fried chicken, hamburgers, fries, and fruit that you can eat whole is the easiest. Bring ice to keep cold items cold. I like to use two bowls (one larger than the other) to keep dishes like my Crunchy Broccoli Slaw cold until ready to eat.

Fun Games to Play at a Picnic

When you picnic, choosing a location with activities to do will make the day a lot more fun and your job easier. However, you can bring games with you too. Frisbee, yard dice games, hula hooping, scavenger hunts, Cornhole, and games that don’t require a lot of products will be easier.

Keep Hot Food Hot and Cold Food Cold

Whatever you bring, ensure you have proper storage. Keeping hot food hot and cold food cold is the key. Use the right type of containers to ensure that no one gets sick. If you are going to use mayo, add it right before consuming and keep it cold the entire time.

What to Wear to Summer Picnics?

What you wear should be dictated by the weather and by the activities you plan to do. With kids, you’ll likely have to bring an extra set of clothing to change into before leaving the picnic area as it’s fun for the kids to get as dirty as they want to. Don’t forget to bring an extra pair of shoes, too. I like to bring a garbage bag to toss all of our wet/dirty clothing in so it doesn’t stink up the car and can easily be tossed into the wash when we return home.

Best Weather for a Picnic

One thing to do before any picnic is to check the weather. You don’t want to be outside all day long if it’s over 90 degrees; the humidity will affect things too. It’s easier to handle hotter weather in a less humid climate. Bring the things with you that you need to make your day comfortable.

Picnicking is a fun thing to do with your family. Kids will love eating outside, playing Frisbee and running around. You can’t go wrong anytime you get plenty of fresh air and sunshine. Plus, picnicking is inexpensive and a real option for most families, even if they don’t have much money. After all, a bologna sandwich eaten outside is always going to taste better than even the best steak inside!

What are your tips for successful summer picnics? Comment below!

PIN to SAVE Summer Picnics!

Summer picnics are something we can all do this summer and still maintain CDC guidelines. Check out a few tips to plan your own picnic!


  1. A great post AND an awesome recipe for crunchy broccoli slaw… wow! I second bringing cornhole to the picnic. Lots of fun for all ages.

  2. I love going on Picnics and now we have our Deck done and a Garden out front so I can’t wait to get outside with my son. We used to go to the Park as there is two close to our home but due to Covid-19 they took one of the parks out. Have a good day and if you go on a Picnic be safe and send pics.

  3. I haven’t ever really done a true picnic, this is something on my summer bucket list this year! I love the idea of two bowls one larger than the other for keeping things cold!

  4. I haven’t gone to a picnic in a long, long time! But if I get the opportunity, those are great suggestions for making it a good experience.

  5. Great ideas – thank you! I haven’t been on a picnic this summer, but you’ve intrigued me. My hubby and I often take our food “out” in our truck… we stop somewhere by water and say that our front window of the truck is our “picture window” and we have our own recliners. Maybe next time we’ll try a picnic in the bed of the truck! 🙂

  6. Now I want to pack things up and go on a picnic! I love brocolli slaw and your picture of it made my mouth water!

  7. This was so fun to read! I am actually on vacation up at my in-laws house who live on a lake and I think I will be making that broccoli salad!! Sounds yummy!

  8. My favorite memories from childhood are family picnics. The food was the best and even if it was a sandwich in our backyard it was a special event.

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