Springtime in Texas is picnic season! The residents at our Austin apartments have been packing their baskets and stocking up on flying discs, so we thought this would be a great opportunity to share some spring picnic tips with you.
There are a few items that are simply picnic essentials.
- Large blanket. Go for an oversized blanket that’s ideally large enough to accommodate food and people.
- Insulated picnic tote. Insulated totes do the duty of keeping refrigerated items chilled. Plus, they help keep everything organized and easy to carry. Look for a tote with pockets that hold easy-to-forget tools, such as corkscrews.
- Plates & cups. Styrofoam is hard on the environment. Strong paper works perfectly, and it’s recyclable. If you’re looking for something even more eco-friendly, look for compostable products made from fallen leaves.
- Utensils. Plastic, disposable utensils get the job done most of the time, but it helps to have a few real knives on hand in case you have cheese or hard-to-cut items.
Most picnic food can be made ahead of time, allowing you to enjoy the carefree afternoon when you unpack your basket. A quick online search will provide you with thousands of tasty recipe ideas that travel well and are delicious make-ahead outdoor meals. In addition to sandwiches and salads, be sure to pack a variety of nuts, cheeses, fruits and berries; they’re great for grazing throughout the day.
Many parks don’t allow glass, so be sure to check the rules before you head out. For beer, it’s just as easy to opt for cans. If you’re going for wine, cartons are a great workaround in glass-free spaces.
With this checklist, you’ll be on your way to fun in the sun in no time! Naturally, a great picnic takes place outside, but it’s even better when the basket’s packed in a great kitchen. If you agree, stop by our 9500 Apartments, and check out our beautiful living spaces.