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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Planning Day Trips and Family Picnics

My husband and I love planning day trips around our great state of Pennsylvania and many of the day trips we plan include picnic lunches for the family. With that said...you do need to plan ahead if you are planning a day trip for you and your family.

The first thing you want to do is purchase some items you will need for your picnic and that includes shopping for picnic baskets. You can find hundreds and hundreds of different styled picnic baskets in a variety of styles and sizes to suit your own family's needs. We actually own 2 baskets...one which we call the "couples" picnic basket and one which we call the "family" picnic basket, so depending on what type of day trip we planned will decide on which picnic basket we pack up and take with us.

The next thing you need to do is decide on what type of foods and beverages you want to take along for your picnic. Make a list of those items and hit your local store the day before to purchase them along with the other products you might need. (plates, bowls, cups, napkins, plasticware, etc.). If you are going to take wine along on the picnic you will need to purchase a wine bag to keep it safe and secure. It is also a good idea to pack a first-aid kit, blanket to sit on, some insect repellent, suntan lotion, maps, emergency money, umbrellas, etc. You will want to gas up the car and pack up your picnic basket the day/evening before because no-one likes rushing around in the morning the day of your trip.

Our family has been enjoying day trips and family picnics for the past 20 years and we plan about 6 of them every year. We all look forward to it and it is a great way to "bond" together as a family and make lasting memories for years to come.

Do you and your family enjoy taking day trips? Do you all plan family picnics? If so, I would love for you to leave some ideas and tips for us in the comment form below here on our blog. Thanks!

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