July is National Picnic Month, so grab your baskets and slap some peanut butter and jelly between two slices of bread. Whether you need something fun to do with your children, your best friends, or your significant other, a picnic is a relaxing way to bond. As long as you find the right spot (free from ants and spiders) you’ll create memories that can last a lifetime. If you can’t figure out where you should go, here some perfect places for a summer picnic.
Find a beach that allows you to bring food onto it. Then grab a large towel, an umbrella, and a few baskets for your feast. You don’t have to worry about all of the calories you’ll be consuming, because you can swim them off later. Just make sure you wait an hour after you eat.
If you love the water, rent a canoe and take some food along with you. Just don’t bring anything too elaborate because it might be hard to cut your food while rocking back and forth. Stick to sandwiches and chips you can eat with your hands. If you’d rather stay on land, then you could always eat on a dock overlooking the water. You’ll still see beautiful scenery, but you’ll feel safer.
Parks are the most popular place for a picnic, so make sure you go at a time of day when it’s not very busy. If you arrive after everyone else does, then you won’t be able to find a free picnic table to use. Even the spots on the grass could be taken up, so plan your day accordingly.
If you can’t stand crowds, you can have a picnic in the privacy of your own backyard. No workers will be around to give you flyers, no kids will be around to kick sand onto your blanket, and no teens will be around to toss Frisbees at your faces. Plus, if you realize you’ve forgotten to pack a knife or some napkins, the kitchen is only a few feet away.
If it ends up raining, you don’t have to go outside at all. You can clear out a spot on your kitchen or living room floor, spread out a checkered blanket, and have dinner on your hands and knees. You could even set up a blanket fort like you used to when you were little to feel like you’re camping. If you want an extra taste of the outdoors, put on some nature sounds.
This idea will be creepy to some and romantic to others. If you miss your loved one, then you can go to their gravesite in order to have a picnic near them. Just don’t disrespect the dead. You don’t want to rest your blanket across a stranger’s grave. Try to find a clearing near a tree or a stretch of empty land, so you’re not being rude to anyone’s relatives.
If you’re still in college, take advantage of your campus. It doesn’t matter if it’s summer–the area still belongs to you. You should know all of the ins and outs of it by now, so it shouldn’t be hard for you to find a secluded area you can bring someone special to.
Where is your favorite place to picnic? What’s the one thing you should never forget when going on a picnic?