11 Etiquette Dos and Don’ts for Picnicking in the Park Slideshow

No feet near the food, thanks!

Potluck Musts!

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If everyone is packing a dish, make sure you pack double the amount, just in case people want seconds later on. 

Bye, Bye Bugs!

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Always bring bug spray! Same with sunscreen — just because there are trees nearby doesn’t mean the sun isn’t there. 

Keep an Eye on the Kids. 

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We are all for your kids playing outside — they need time away from the technology — just keep a watchful eye on them so they don’t go too far. 

Socialize!

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This is an opportunity to catch up with your close pals and relatives. Play ice-breaker games and get the conversation going. If you’re picnicking solo, make friends with neighboring picnickers!

Cocktails… and Mocktails! 

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Sure, drinking is fun if you’re all onboard, but you should bring both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options — especially water to keep all of you hydrated throughout the warm day. 

Relax with the Tunes.

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Sure, blasting Lil Wayne is great in the privacy of your own home, but it’s likely that there’s going to be kids nearby — so check your playlist before you press play. 

Be Active! 

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Whether you have a Frisbee or a football, have fun with your day while the weather is beautiful. 

Go Barefoot in the Park. 

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It’s nice to feel the cool grass on your toes, but don’t you dare put those feet near the food — no exceptions. 

Dressing on the Side. 

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Unless it’s a pasta, tuna, or egg salad, leave the dressing off your greens until you get to your picnic spot or else your salad will be extra soggy. 

Dress Properly. 

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OK, here’s the thing about picnics — they’re all about relaxation and spending time with family and friends. So if you’re going to dress comfortably — which we advise — don’t wear something that’s going to give people a show. (This one is for you, ladies!) 

Clean Up! 

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Don’t be that person who leaves their garbage all over the grass. Pack a garbage bag with you and use paper or sustainable plates so you can toss everything afterward easily.