I find the key to a great day out with my family is taking as much stress out of the prep as possible and making sure we don’t run out of food!
Feel free to use my handy checklist to help plan your day – I’ve based this on a long day out with at least an hour drive in the car each way.
I also try and consider how much mess I want the kids to make it the car – but feel free to adapt if you are less worried about this :)
My Picnic Checklist
✅ 2 x cereal bars for each child for the car (one for each journey)
✅ Drink bottles for kids and adults, plus extra water for a hot day
✅ Yogurts – I find the tube type best as then I don’t need to pack spoons
✅ 2 types of fruit for each person
✅ Chopped carrots and cucumber
✅ Pack of baked crisps each (like mini cheddars)
✅ Mini muffins or cakes as a treat
✅ Fruit roll ups for the kids
I pack it up the night before and pop it in the fridge ready to go in the morning. It makes it so much less stressful than having to pack a picnic whilst getting the kids out of the door.
It might seem like a lot, but I find this the perfect amount as it means we don’t run out if we are stuck in traffic or want to stay out later and run the risk of HANGRY kids.
Let me know in the comments what you add to your perfect list!
Hope you find this helpful!