One thing my husband and I have been doing since we first got together is going on picnics! Now, they used to be filled with more variety while now they are filled with more quantity as our family has gotten bigger, but one thing has stayed the same. What I pack!
Here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way when it comes to packing for a picnic at the park with kiddos!
Don’t forget the first aid kit
Which also includes an extra handful of band aids. I can’t tell you how many times I have needed more band aids than brought and I’ve been pretty upset about it. Don’t forget!
Make or Buy some Bug spray
I buy bug spray, but I’ve also been known to make my own. Regardless, make sure you bring some! Depending on which park we go to bugs can be a real killjoy.
Must remember! Extra bags for garbage
While most parks do have garbage bins I like putting my stuff in bags while we sit so we don’t attract bugs or birds. It’s also easiest for clean up when taking it all to the trash.
Always have Extra water
We fill up as many containers, jugs and bottles as we can. Someone is always thirsty and asking for a drink. If you have no where to buy drinks while out take lots of water!
You will certainly need Wipes/Wet Ones
I forget these often. So I’ve made it a point to make sure I pack them in my little zip pouch I bring with me everywhere!
Sunscreen, hats, toys and a blanket a must!
Because you need go be safe in the sun and toys? I find little ones get bored quickly when they can’t be running around with the older kids. If you intend on sitting somewhere other than a picnic table – be sure to take a blanket!
Money for any unforeseen reasons (hey, the ice cream truck is a struggle to say no to!)
YEP. We rarely go anywhere now without some pocket change in the summer. Those pesky ice cream trucks always know where you will be, so they will always find you and get those kids hyped! Shaved ice, a cold drink or a small ice cream to top off the picnic is a nice treat!
Speaking of Picnics and the park! How about a nice little sweet treat to bring along with you? These little Strawberry Cheesecake Bites are the perfect little treat to tag along with you for a picnic!
Who wouldn’t love this bite size deliciousness? Try them, you won’t be sorry! I am a HUGE fan of fresh strawberries so as soon as this beautiful weather hits – we go to the farmers market and pick up bundles… There are SO many amazing things you can do with strawberries, these delicious bites are just one of them!
- 2 pkg. Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 pkg. Marshmallow Crème
- 1 teas. Vanilla
- 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 pkg. Shortbread Cookies
- 20 Strawberries, sliced vertically into four slices
- Mix the Cream cheese Marshmallow crème and Vanilla until smooth.
- Add the Sugar 1/3 of a cup at a time mixing between each addition.
- Put the mixture into a piping bag with a star tip.
- Pipe the mixture onto the cookie working along the edges then filling in the middle.
- Place 2 slices of strawberry on top of the Cream cheese mixture slightly fanning them apart.
- Serve or refrigerate covered until ready to serve.
What about you? What do you make sure to pack if you are going a ways from home to a park for a picnic with kids?