4. Don’t Get Burnt (naturally):
Many people are concerned that popular sunscreens have additives which when absorbed through the skin, have long term health consequences.
I don’t use creams often myself. Native cultures who deal with a LOT of sun like in the desert are not silly enough to run around in muscle shirts and bikinis. I follow their example and wear a hat or long sleeves. I’m interested, though, in what sunscreens YOU have found that work and are natural.
5. Green Clean Up!
Acting green means thinking about everyone long term, not just yourself. Take your rubbish home or throw it in covered garbage and recycle bins to prevent attracting yellow jackets, rodents, or other wildlife. Keep our nature beautiful.
If you used a grill to grill your vegetables then clean it before you leave and place trash in a covered bin so the animals and bugs don’t get in.
6. Have a Backup Plan:
Some parks have covered buildings with picnic tables. We have sometimes had to picnic from an open-door car. If the worst happens, a picnic indoors is still fun.
7. Keep it simple …and casual:
You don’t need much for a great picnic. A basket, a blanket and a loaf of bread is traditional. Sometimes I just throw a few snacky things into a bag and go for a walk and picnic when the time comes. Picnics need to stay in the laid-back category.
Pretend you are French. They know how to have fun! The word picnic comes from the French word piquenique. Originally at these piqueniques, everyone would bring food to the event in a way similar to what we call potlucks today and they were indoors. After the French Revolution, royal parks were opened to the public and “picnicking,” a popular activity.
My Own Experiences of Picnics:
I remember my father coming home from work and singing “We’re going on a picnic, picnic picnic…..we’re going on a picnic!” At that point we would start getting ready to go; within half an hour we were all piled into the back of our pickup truck and off we went to a secluded wild spot near Edmonton where there were no other people, just our family. We would gather twigs and wood; our father would build a fire. After it was going; potatoes and onions were put straight into the fire without foil as we did not use it in those days. Yes, they came out black so we would cut into them and eat what was in the middle with butter and it was so yummy.
Have you been on any picnics lately? What do you put in your picnic basket?
Co-authored with Randy Fritz who made this post more fun.