Picnics are a great summer activity for the whole family, you can enjoy the great outdoors, the sunshine and some tasty food.
But the perfect picnic does involve a little planning ahead, from the food you’ll take with you and some picnic essentials to remember to pack, here’s how to have a great picnic this summer.
Plus, what to do if the weather isn’t ideal.
Healthy picnic food ideas
There are plenty of picnic food options out there, from sandwiches and sausage rolls to fruit or quiches. But if you’re lacking a bit of inspiration here’s some healthy picnic food ideas for the whole family:
If you’re looking for something different than your usual sandwich choices why not try these recipes from Change4life:
Something to snack on:
- Hummus dip with pitta bread and vegetable sticks
- 3-fruit salad
- Apples and peanut butter
- Homemade popcorn
Picnic essentials to pack:
As well as packing your food, cutlery, crockery and your picnic blankets there’s a few health essentials to remember to take with you on your picnic.
Protecting your skin from the sun is important as sun burn can increase your risk of skin cancer. As well as trying to spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm, make sure you apply sun cream 30 minutes before you go out and again every two hours when you go out. Here’s some sun creams you could try
Solero Kids Sun Spray SPF 50+ 200ml
This sun cream has been formulated for children’s delicate skin and has a high UVA and UVB protection. It is ultra-sensitive and moisturising to keep your child’s skin soft and supple even in the summer.
Solero Coconut Sun Lotion SPF30+ 200ml
This sun lotion is water-resistant and non-greasy and helps prevent premature skin ageing and sun induced wrinkles when used regularly.
If you are one of the estimated 10 million people in the UK who have hayfever* then a picnic might not be your ideal summer activity. But you don’t have to live with your symptoms. Try wearing wraparound sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes and rub a small amount of Vaseline around your lower nostrils to help stop pollen entering your nose. There’s also a variety of hayfever treatments you could try:
LloydsPharmacy Hayfever and Allergy Relief 10mg Tablets For effective relief from allergies, hayfever, skin allergies, dust allergies and pet allergies. These tablets are easy to swallow and can be taken daily.
LloydsPharmacy Allergy Reliever This allergy reliever uses red light therapy to suppress the cells that release histamine. This helps to reduce the symptoms associated with hayfever and allergic rhinitis including: watery eyes and runny noses. It can be used alongside other hayfever medication.
For other ways to minimise your contact with pollen, here’s our top 10 ways to reduce your hayfever symptoms.
Pain relief and first aid:
When you’re out and about it’s good to be prepared for any eventuality by keeping a well-stocked first aid kit handy. The NHS recommends that your first aid kit contains items including alcohol-free cleansing wipes and cream, spray to relieve insect bites or stings, antiseptic cream as well as pain relief. Why not stock up on:
LloydsPharmacy Paracetamol 500mg 16 Capsules
For the relief of headache, sore throat, migraines and pains. Suitable for adults and children over the age of 12.
Ask our Pharmacist for advice. Always read the label.
LloydsPharmacy Antiseptic Wipes – 10 Wipes
These wipes are quick drying and contain Aloe Vera to soothe skin. To use, remove the wipe from the sachet and unfold, clean the skin and discard with normal household waste.
LloydsPharmacy Clear Plasters – 40 Assorted
These plasters are made from a breathable wash proof fabric to help with wound healing. They are made of low allergy, latex free adhesion to reduce the risk of allergic reactions.
Indoor picnics: what to do when it rains
British summertime doesn’t always cooperate with our plans to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, but if it’s raining you don’t have to put your picnic plans on hold. Here’s our top tips on having an indoor picnic:
- Spread out a blanket on the floor and make it comfortable with plenty of cushions, or if you’ve got kids (or want to be a big kid for the day) why not make a fort out of sheets and cushions and have your picnic in that
- A grey day can bring your mood down, so why not put up some string lights or some battery powered candles to add a nice glow to your room
- If your favourite part of a picnic is getting out into the greenery make sure to bring some greenery indoors. If you’ve already got some house plants (real or fake) then decorate your picnic area with them or pick up some plants when you’re at the supermarket. You could even grab some potted herbs that you can use in your food and for décor as well.