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.