How to Pack for a Picnic


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Packing for a picnic might seem like a breeze since, unlike a barbecue, there’s no on-site cooking or raw meat involved. But since you’re traveling and eating outside without the convenience of refrigeration, here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re loading up the picnic basket to pack it safely.

Keep It Cool

  • You still need a cooler. Pack your cute picnic basket with non-perishable food, napkins, and dinnerware, but pack all perishable items in an insulated cooler with ice packs. A cooler will also keep your drinks icy-cold — nothing ruins a picnic like warm soda, beer, or wine.
  • Keep your cooler cold. This may be a no-brainer, but make sure you have enough ice or ice packs to keep things cold for the whole trip, including getting home. If you’re short on space to fit a lot of ice, freeze some of the drinks. Keep…

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