Summertime is in full swing which means it’s a brilliant time to pack up a bag of tasty treats and get out into the great outdoors for a little bit of alfresco dining. Here are our top tips on how to plan a perfect picnic.

What Food Should I Take on a Picnic?

Whilst traditional sandwiches are always a winner, there are so many other options!

Layered salads – which can include meat or cheese – can be prepped in advance. They can even be made in individual jars, to make things really simple.

The Gluten Free Alchemist has a fantastic recipe for a layered picnic salad in a jar.

Above images courtesy of The Gluten Free Alchemist

You can create different salads, depending on personal preference; vegan or vegetarian. And even create couscous or pasta salad variations.

You don’t have to stick with cold food either; make soups and bring them along in food flasks. We love the food flasks from Sho especially.

Image courtesy of Sho

Create a Picnic Grazing Board

Grazing boards are another great alternative to traditional picnic food.

You can pack all of the elements separately in Bento boxes or take-away tubs, then lay out on a board once you get to your destination.

Arrange cold meats, cheeses, crackers and fruit to create a sumptuous-looking spread, that make a really welcome alternative to traditional picnic food.

Best of all — this kind of picnic fayre can be transported really easily, and assembled once you get to your venue.

Essentials For The Perfect Picnic

1. John Lewis & Partners Leckford Luxury Filled Wicker Picnic Basket, 4 Person – £126 | 2. Yvonne Ellen Tiger Picnic Rug – £35 | 3. WaxWrap Beeswax Cotton Wraps – £16

For more picnic essentials, check out this post.

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