Family enjoying a picnic at a park

Perfect Picnic Checklist For Family Fun

Picnic Basics For Family Fun

  • Here is our Perfect Picnic Checklist for Family Fun.
  • Picnic basket or canvas bag (ones that won’t rip)
  • Cooler
  • Picnic blanket (preferably waterproof on the bottom)
  • Picnic chairs (if anyone in your group is not happy on the ground)
  • A Round Drink Cooler with Ice and Water

To Make Eating Simple

  • Plates
  • Utensils (including serving utensils aka big spoons)
  • Napkins
  • Cups
  • Drinks (including lots of water)
  • Bottle opener
  • Cutting board (also can be a serving platter – level serving surface, perfect for drinks)
  • Sharp knife (even if you don’t plan to cut things, it’s still a good idea)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Mustard, mayo, ketchup, etc., if needed (we always use the extra packets from a takeout place)
  • Are you using a grill at the park? Then charcoal, lighter fluid and matches.

For Cleanup

  • Paper towels (and maybe baby wipes is you have them)
  • Extra plastic containers or sturdy zipper-top bags for packing up dirty utensils, leftovers, etc.
  • Trash bags

Other Essentials for the Perfect Picnic Checklist for Family Fun

  • Sunscreen
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug Spray
  • Flashlight or Lantern (if you plan to be out into the evening hours)
  • Fun but not essential, a Bluetooth speakers in case the picnic turns into a dance party
  • Sport or activity equipment (Frisbees, balls, bubbles, water guns … whatever the crowd likes)

Perfect Picnic Checklist for Picking the Best Picnic Food

Pick something everyone at the picnic likes, even if just fruit the kids like, you want them to eat:

  • Sandwiches
  • Cheese & Bread
  • Cheese and Salami
  • Order out Pizza or Pre-cooked Frozen Pizza
  • Pre-cooked Kabobs
  • Cookies
  • Lemonade
  • Pasta salads without Mayo (due to heat)
  • Dessert Bars
  • Fruit
  • Fruit salad

Check out our Picnic Magic Garden and our Pinterest Page for more Picnic Ideas. Also consider bringing a Magic Gardens with you for the kids to create like our LEGO Magic Garden which is fully transportable.