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One of my favorite ways to enjoy summer is just by getting outside – and what better way to do that than with a picnic? It’s usually a cool activity because you’re eating and drinking and not running around too much. And while picnics are fun, you also need to be safe and follow a couple of guidelines to have the most fun you possibly can! Read on for our Picnicking Dos and Don’ts.
1. Bug spray – I list this first because it’s so darn important! If you get outdoors in the summer, particularly in the evening, you’re going to get eaten alive by gnats, mosquitoes, and everything else with wings. So make sure to use lots of bug spray – they do have some with SPF, some that are waterproof, etc., so just be sure to find the product that best suits you. If you’re short on bug spray, grab some used dryer sheets and rub your skin and clothes down with them. It’ll keep the bugs at bay as well!
2. Let people know where you are – As with any other outdoor activity, you need to let people know when you’ll be back. This is particularly important if you’re going to be far away from home – say, if you’re headed into the woods! I’m all for having a Snow White-looking picnic in the woods, but if a bear comes along and gobbles you up and nobody knows where you are, your chances of getting out there with all of your appendages are slim to none, because nobody will know where to find you!
3. Water – Since it is summer and it’s hot, you need to pack water. Even if you’re bringing other drinks as well, you still need to pack some water, especially if you’re going to be hiking or walking to your picnic spot.
4. Appropriate clothing – You need to dress for the occasion if you’re headed outside. Don’t be too fussy, just remember to wear comfortable walking shoes and shorts! You don’t want to overheat on a picnic. Especially if it’s a picnic date!
As we all know, picnics are grand and lots of fun, but only if you’re safe! Remember to carry all the food, water, and bug spray that you need, because you won’t be able to conjure that stuff up once you’re outside and away from home! Good luck in all of your picnicking endeavors!