Your Ultimate Picnic Basket Checklist

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  • Packing List

  • Basket or tote

  • Ice packs or bags of ice

  • Cooler

  • Drinks

  • Food

  • Condiments

  • Salt and pepper

  • Cups

  • Plates

  • Utensils

  • Serving utensils

  • Cutting Knife

  • Cutting board

  • Napkins

  • Trash bags

  • Paper towels

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Blanket

  • Safety Tips

  • Keep any perishable foods cold (40 degrees Fahrenheit or below) by transporting them in a cooler filled with ice or ice packs. Perishable foods include meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy products, pasta, rice, cooked vegetables, and peeled and cut fruits.

  • Research ahead of time to determine if your picnic site has a source of safe drinking water. If not, be sure to pack water for drinking and cleaning.

  • If you plan to grill, be sure raw meat and poultry are wrapped securely to prevent their juices from cross-contaminating other foods in the cooler. 

  • Don’t use the same utensils or serving dish for raw and cooked meat. Choose disposable plates and utensils to prevent cross-contamination. 

  • If you’re grilling or cooking food while at your picnic site, be sure your food is kept hot, at or above 140 degrees Fahrenheit. 

  • Consider packing non-perishable food items, like potato chips instead of potato salad and whole fruit instead of fruit salad.  

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