Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.


Before picnic:

  • Determine what's available at picnic site, e.g.:
    • Rest rooms
    • Grills
  • Check weather forecast

Items to take:

  • Things to provide shade, e.g.:
    • Cabana
    • Umbrella (e.g., beach)
  • Container(s) for:
    • Trash
    • Recyclable items
  • Drinks
  • Ice
  • Cooler
  • Cups
  • Plates
  • Napkins
  • Condiments
  • Grill/hibachi
  • Utensils
  • Charcoal
  • Matches
  • Lighter fluid
  • Meat thermometer (e.g., instant read)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Chairs
  • Blanket(s) - to sit on and/or for warmth
  • Camera
  • Music player
  • Toys
  • Frisbee
  • Hackey sack

During picnic:

If a lightning storm is possible:

  • Determine if lightning monitors are installed at the picnic site


  • Check the lightning monitors

After picnic:

  • Have everyone help pick up trash


  1. On April 4th, 2009, anon said:

    Drinks, Ice (and cooler), cups, plates, napkins, sunscreen(!), bug spray, chairs, blanket, camera, music player (optional), “toys” (frisbee, hackee sack), charcoal, matches, lighter fluid, …

  2. On April 4th, 2009, Don Parcher said:

    Anon, Thank you very much for your inputs. I’ve updated the checklist.

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