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Picnicking: Don't forget a thing!

29 March, 2016

Classed under: Family life

Are you going on a picnic for a couple of hours or for the whole day? Have you already planned a tasty menu featuring Olymel products? Because it's so easy to forget something, here's a checklist you can print out, to help you prepare a flawless picnic and take to the road with peace of mind.


Essential accessories

  • Picnic carrier (basket, tote, backpack, etc.)
  • Cooler (if your picnic carrier isn't insulated)
  • Several freezer packs
  • Blanket or tablecloth (in case the picnic tables are all occupied)
  • Dishes (plates, glasses and utensils)
  • Sharp knife, can opener, bottle opener, small cutting board (if needed)
  • Roll of paper towels for spills. Use them for napkins as well, to keep things simple.
  • If you're serving wine, remember the corkscrew and wine glasses.
  • Umbrella or sunshade, in case of rain or to protect yourself from the sun
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent lotion
  • Citronella candles, if you're picnicking in a wooded area or near the water
  • Sunscreen, for kids and adults
  • Damp cloths in a plastic bag
  • Garbage bags
  • Plastic containers for leftovers, if necessary

Planning a barbecue in the park? You'll also need to bring the following:

  • Portable barbecue (if required)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Barbecue utensils
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Tools to make a fire: lighter, newspaper, fire starter gel, etc.
  • Bottle of water to douse the fire


Picnicking: Don't forget a thing!

Leisure activities

  • Games for everyone (balls, Frisbee, etc.)
  • Music
  • Books
  • Binoculars
  • Beach towels and swimsuits for sunbathing or swimming
  • Ball caps or hats
  • Sunglasses




Managing your picnic carrier or cooler


  • Freeze a few plastic bottles filled with water or juice, which willhelpkeep your food nice and chilled.
  • If you're planning a barbecue, remember to store your Olymel European sausages or smoked sausages, as well as any raw meat or poultry, in airtight containers, to avoid contact with your other food.
  • Store your meat or poultry at the bottom of your insulated picnic carrier or cooler. Add remaining items in the opposite order in which you intend to use them, with drinks and snacks on the top.
  • Always place frozen bottles of water or juice, as well as freezer packs, on the top, since cold air sinks to the bottom.
  • While on the road, store your cooler or picnic carrier in the coolest part of the car.
  • When you arrive at your destination, remove your picnic carrier or cooler from the car and keep it in the shade. Open it only when necessary. For drinks, consider takinga separate mini-cooler.


  • Once you've finished eating, store your leftovers in your picnic carrier or cooler.
  • Before leaving the park, dispose of your waste in the containers provided for this purpose.