What To Bring?

In The Trunk Checklist
Be prepared to be spontaneous by
having your picnic items all

Before you toss the cooler in the car and head for your favorite picnic spot, gather a few essentials to make your outing complete. Better yet, keep them in a tote bag in the trunk, so you'll be ready to go at a moment's notice.

  • Blanket big enough for two
  • Bug repellent and/or citronella candles
  • Sunscreen
  • Wet wipes
  • Corkscrew and bottle opener
  • Extra drinking water
  • Binoculars
  • Trash bags

Depending on the locale -- a city park, sandy beach, or mountain stream -- you also might want to include one or more of the following fun diversions:

  • Croquet, lawn balls, Frisbee, kite, or horseshoes
  • A good book (preferably for reading aloud)
  • Rod, reel, and bait (who cares if you catch anything)
  • An adorable dog (your own or a loaner -- excellent for starting conversations with strangers)
  • Inflatable pool toys
  • Camera