What you need to pack for the perfect picnic

Oct 02, 2021
Here's how to picnic like a pro. Source: Getty

Spring is here which means it’s time to dust off your picnic rug and head to your local park.

Never before have picnics made national headlines. With restrictions easing around the country and warmer weather peeking over the horizon, now is the time to pack your goodies and get out for a picnic. We have put together the ultimate picnic checklist and have some glorious picnic sets to make you the envy of the town.

Outdoor Deluxe 2 Person Picnic Basket

It wouldn’t be a picnic without an aesthetically-pleasing picnic basket, and we have the perfect one over on the Marketplace: Outdoor Deluxe 2 Person Picnic Basket.

The picnic basket comes with a built-in cooler bag, cutlery for two, two ceramic plates, two wine glasses, two napkins, a corkscrew, a salt and pepper shaker set and a matching blanket — and it can be all yours for just $89.95.

Outdoor Deluxe 2 Person Picnic Basket
Outdoor Deluxe 2 Person Picnic Basket, $89.95.

Picnic Rug in Auburn Day

The Picnic Rug in Auburn Day is the perfect accessory for your next outdoor adventure. Designed by Australian artist Brook Gossen, the rug features spring-inspired florals and a gorgeous mix of colours. Not only is it pretty, but the rug is also super practical as it comes with a carry handle and a removable shoulder strap. Pick up the Picnic Rug in Auburn Day from the Marketplace for $90.

Picnic Rug in Auburn Day
Picnic Rug in Auburn Day, $90.

Picnic Bounty Hamper

Take a break from the cooking life and check out Maggie Beer’s Picnic Bounty Hamper, which is currently on sale for $135, down from $150, on the Marketplace. Fig jam, quince paste, tomato and sultana chutney and a delicious bottle of shiraz (just remember to check the booze laws at your local park) are just some of the products included in the hamper. Find the full list of products here. The hamper also comes with a cheese knife and a Maggie Beer-branded cooler bag.

Picnic Bounty Hamper
Picnic Bounty Hamper, $135.

Browse through other Maggie Beer hampers here.

Can Taster Pack

If you’re after a non-alcoholic beverage, the Can Taster Pack by Canberra-based company Altina Drinks is a great option. The taster pack comes with two popular flavours: Light Me Up and La Vie En Rose.

The Light Me Up cocktail combines the delicious flavours of forestberry, a native eucalypt with native wattleseed, which brings a nuttiness and hints of sweet apple and green tea.

Altina’s La Vie En Rose resembles a dry rosé wine with hints of organic hibiscus and pink rose petals, laced with sweet orange and a long finish. This gorgeous lightly sparkling non-alcoholic rose alternative is not too sweet but perfectly refreshing.

Sober curious? Read more on mindful drinking here.

Can Taster Pack
Can Taster Pack, $30.

And lastly, if you’re quite the cook, we’d recommend whipping up some delicious bite-sized treats like these freezable zucchini slices (recipe below).

Classic freezable zucchini slice

Ingredients

  • 4 bacon rashers, finely chopped
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 zucchinis, coarsely grated
  • 1 cup pumpkin, coarsely grated
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, just thawed
  • 1 cup (120g) coarsely grated cheddar
  • 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 4 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Mixed salad leaves, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 20cm x 30cm lamington pan and line the base and 2 long sides with baking paper. Heat a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add the bacon and onion and cook, stirring, for 5 mins or until onion softens. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Add the zucchini, pumpkin, mixed vegetables, cheddar, flour and parsley to the bacon mixture and stir to combine. Add the egg, milk and oil and stir to combine. Season. Spoon into the prepared pan and smooth the surface.
  3. Bake for 40 mins or until firm to the touch. Set aside to cool. Cut into pieces.

After something sweet? Fine a recipe for chocolate banana muffins here.

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