With the warmer spring weather comes ample opportunity for picnics, starting with National Picnic Day on April 23. Good food and a few inexpensive supplies are all it takes to serve a delicious outdoor meal. Pack these affordable basics to make picnicking a breeze.
10 Tips for Packing a Budget-Friendly Picnic
The best place to find cheap picnic supplies is your own home. Take stock of the portable plates, cutlery, containers, and other provisions you already have, from salt and pepper shakers to corkscrews and napkins.
Tuna or egg salad is easier to pack and much cheaper as a main dish than meat. Deviled eggs are another good option for protein. For kids, try simple peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut into fancy shapes with cookie cutters. A simple fruit salad makes a healthy summer side dish. Sliced veggies with homemade dip are also easy to put together. For dessert, homemade cookies are cheap and easy to transport.
No outdoor outing is complete without a first-aid kit, especially with kids in tow. You never know when you'll need bandages or alcohol wipes. Pharmacies and camping supply stores sell small, portable first-aid kits for less than $10.
In this transitional season, temperatures are often in flux and dressing for the weather can be tough. The most prepared picnickers dress in layers. It's easy to take off a jacket or sweater when the sun is shining and the heat of the day is on, or add a layer when the sun begins to set and the air gets a bit cooler.