My favorite place to picnic is a shoreline– beside an ocean, a lake, or bubbling stream. It’s a quiet shady spot on sand or grass with a full view of water. Since I’ve been packing picnics for years, I have prep down to a science. I prefer a nylon-backed blanket which keeps out wetness. A shower curtain under a washable blanket works fine too. I enjoy having a vintage style basket.
Since I can’t stand sticky fingers, I bring baby wipes and paper towels in addition to pretty cloth napkins. Reusable plastic dups top my list because they’re better for the environment. For the meal itself, planning goes a long way. Purchased food is fine. You don’t need a knife if you eat Chinese food. Try fingerling potatoes roasted with olive oil instead of potato salad– use toothpicks as spears. More than anything, I love oven-fried chicken, cubed melon with mint and lime, grilled corn, and tiny cupcakes. I bring beverages. After we leave, there is no trace.