Fall can be such a beautiful time in Ontario.
With the whole city covered in beautiful fall colors and scents and toasty weather to keep you cozy, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a picnic with your friends and family.
Just make sure you pack the few essentials to stay warm and keep the tummy full, and you‘ll have fantastic memories to cherish years down the line. In this article, we’ll discuss a few handy tips to ensure that your outdoor soiree is stress-free, easy, and relaxing.
Check the weather forecast before leaving
Most of us have made the mistake of stepping out without checking the weather forecast at least once in our lives.
But, the importance of good weather becomes even more crucial when it comes to picnics. So, don’t forget to check the forecast to avoid any not-so-pleasant weather surprises.
Pick the perfect spot
Ontario has so many places where you can enjoy a relaxing picnic with your loved ones. Still, since everybody has different preferences, make sure that you research the area and distance from your home to avoid taking any risks.
We would recommend choosing a flat spot that is spacious and clean. If you can find one that is surrounded by shady trees, it would be even better!
Pack the necessary picnic equipment
Well, not exactly equipment, but handy additions that you would typically use when going out on picnics.
You see, picnics can get messy. So, make sure you have plenty of napkins, wipes, and towels for yourself and the kids. Dirt rags or spare napkins are also needed for cleaning picnic tables – that’s if you plan on using them.
You can also add a big, fluffy blanket to your picnic basket to have something to sit on. Lawn chairs or beach towels are other appropriate alternatives.
Plan the menu beforehand
While you can play plenty of games with your friends and children, there will come a time when you’ll need food and drinks, especially the kids!
Don’t go overboard with the food and beverages. Instead, keep it easy and simple, and choose your typical fall foods loved by your family and friends.
Salads, for instance, are easy to eat and handle. If you want to make the spread fancier, cheese and charcuterie are always a classic.
With the food menu sorted, don’t forget to carry your favorite beverages. Keeping up with the fall weather, you can never go wrong with coffee or tea. For kids – or even the adults – hot chocolate and marshmallows would be another great choice.
Don’t forget the utensils
Utensils are important because how else are you going to devour your delicious food?
Make sure you have all the utensils – serving and eating – that you would possibly need. Some of these include plates, cutlery, disposable glasses, and so on. If you do carry disposable utensils, make sure that you clean the space and dispose of any rubbish before leaving.
You wouldn’t want to deal with a dirty spot the next time you come for a picnic, would you?
Pre-plan your fun activities
You can always chat with your friends and family while lying down on the grass and watch the fall colors out in full display. But not indulging in fun games with your friends and family will somehow make your picnic feel… incomplete.
So be ready to have a gala time and carry your favorite games. Instead of wondering about the activities you can do or games to play after you reach your picnic spot, why not plan it out beforehand? This will save you a lot of time!
You could play a game of hide and seek or freeze tag, sing songs (carry a guitar too if you want!), or bring your favorite board games along, which is the safest option.
A fall-themed favorite that you can play is finding different types and colors of leaves and making your own personal life collection. This can actually be a super fun and memorable activity to try with your toddler or partner.
The best thing about Ontario‘s fall is the calm weather.
Somehow, most of us take time off to slow down and spend time with our loved ones, away from the usual hustle-bustle of life. If bonding time and building stronger relationships matters to you as well, you could also go fishing the next time you go out for a picnic.
So, these were some of the fun things that you could do with your loved ones while enjoying a beautiful fall picnic in Ontario.
While it’s great that you are looking for tips to have everything ticked off on your checklist, make sure that everybody is first in the mood for a picnic. Plan everything a week or so before so that everyone can take time off from their schedule to enjoy a whole day of relaxation without having to worry about work or any other commitment.