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2023 Author: Katelyn Chandter | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 13:08
As soon as the weather begins to delight us with warmth, people immediately think about going somewhere in nature. And not just like that, namely, to eat all kinds of yummy in the fresh air. To be honest, it seems to me that the love of picnics is inherent in a Russian person somewhere at the level of genes. How else to explain that every weekend on the outskirts of the city there are wild traffic jams, and in grocery stores they buy up bags of coals and boxes with portable barbecues?
Did you know that organizing a picnic is not so easy? The list of worries is not at all limited to stupid buying of meat and skewers. And if we are talking about a romantic pastime with your girlfriend? Here the standard set of friends "shashlik-mashlik and a box of vodka" will not work. Do you want to know how to have a picnic in the best possible way? Then carefully read my article to the end.
Where to go for a picnic
Let's start with choosing a place to stay. By the way, in addition to this, you will also have to organize communication with all the participants of the event so that no one has planned any super important and urgent matters for the chosen date (although, judging by my experience, there will certainly be such a person). This is what the group trip is about. I also recommend warning the girl in advance. In honor of such a romantic, she will probably want to put herself in order.
So, where to go for a picnic, so as not to make a mistake? I offer several time-tested options:
Park within the city
If you are not particularly eager to go to hell on Easter cakes, and indeed to steer all day and stay sober (and most often it happens, if you already decided to organize everything yourself), then stop at a closer deployment. On the one hand, there are many advantages here. For example, you can get there on foot or by taxi without going broke. Civilization is everywhere, the store is just a stone's throw away, and the presence of a public toilet will generally save you from the main problem. On the other hand, there are some serious disadvantages.
Do you think this is the best option? Don't rush to pack your backpack until you know all the cons of a picnic in the park. With a girl here, you certainly will not retire. There will be a lot of people around anyway. Making a fire and roasting a barbecue, as well as putting a portable brazier or grill is not possible everywhere. To do this, the park must have places specially designated for this rite. Otherwise, there is a risk of running into a non-acidic fine.
Drinking alcohol is prohibited in most public areas. So forget about the fun, tomfoolery and drunken brawl. And I have not yet mentioned the screaming and constantly running around the kids. Getting a ball in the face is a dubious pleasure, right?
Forest outside the city
Favorite topic of kebabs. You gather a company, load the trunk with everything you need, find a fundamentally non-drinking driver (this can cause problems) and start right outside the city limits. There are quite a few pluses. No one will particularly control your behavior and the number of ppm in the blood. If you choose the right place, then there will be no prying eyes. If you wish, you can have mercy with your beloved.
What's the catch? Yes, in the vicinity of this very wildlife. Any close contact with her threatens a completely ruined picnic. Crawling ants, buzzing mosquitoes and flies, snakes (albeit not poisonous, but still very impressive ladies), all sorts of hedgehogs-squirrel-lizards will definitely not add to you positive emotions.
And there you can safely stick in a wheelbarrow. And instead of eating goodies together, you and your friends face a whole day of real hardcore. Add to this the long distance and the greater likelihood of staying sober when necessary to get behind the wheel. Also frankly little pleasant.
Rent of a country house
Option for majors, as I also call it. But in reality, such a pastime will be the most comfortable. So, if you do not know how to have a picnic at the highest level, so that straight wow, start surfing the Internet in search of a suitable location. The advantages of this event are significant. First, the girls will definitely be delighted.
Secondly, the presence of a sauna and a swimming pool will turn your modest picnic into a real hot party (especially if you “forget” to warn your friends to bring swimwear). All the amenities are at your service. No one will say a word about the long-awaited barbecue. Alcohol can at least fill up. If a friend finds out that you are the organizer of all this luxury, then great sex is guaranteed.
Minuses? But what about without them. To begin with, just soberly assess your financial capabilities. This option will cost a pretty penny. The next drawback may be picky neighbors who do not really want to hear drunken screams and female squeals behind the fence. And you can seriously harm the owner's property. And guess who will cover all the losses?
River or pond
In general, not a bad option, especially in hot weather. You can swim to your heart's content. Many reservoirs are equipped with special recreation areas, where no one will bother you even to make a fire. This location is especially relevant for a picnic with a charming companion. If you choose a place that is more intimate, then there is a chance to receive great sex in the open air as a thank you.
And here are the cons. Firstly, in most cases it is also necessary to get to any body of water somehow, and often it is not a passing light. Secondly, no one canceled wildlife either. The girl may well be distracted from the session of love and passion by an ant suddenly bitten on the butt. Thirdly, finding a quiet place during the hot season is almost impossible. Read about rest next to children. And finally, let me remind you about the evening coolness and the abundance of blood-sucking insects near the water.
At my own dacha
So the 6 acres, beloved by your parents, which you previously wanted so badly to roll into the asphalt, came in handy for you. If you don't know how to have a picnic and where to arrange a break for a snack, then feel free to go to the family hacienda. It's free, cozy and, in principle, you can create whatever you want.
In the list of disadvantages, I will also include hypothetical neighbors who do not like noisy parties. The dacha may be in a deplorable state, where it is a shame to invite old friends, not that a girl. Not everyone is the happy owner of a brick cottage with all the amenities.
But the main disadvantage is the risk of getting riddles from the older generation if your party entails consequences for the beds, flower beds and the dacha itself. So I do not recommend drinking heavily, so as not to crush my beloved mother's gladioli with my face.
So, we have roughly decided on the place. Having weighed all the pros and cons, you made a strong-willed decision. What should you do next? The most interesting stage of preparation begins.
What to take with you for a picnic
An excellent topic, since most men, in principle, do not know that in addition to meat and vodka (sometimes the first item can be deleted), you need to pack something at all. Nevertheless, the list comes out pretty decent:
Blankets and blankets
Don't think hot weather is a reason to limit yourself to a minimum of things. A good picnic is an event that has everything you need for the comfort of each participant. What if it suddenly gets colder or the party will drag on until late in the evening? Just imagine how comfortable it will be to sit together with a girl under one shoulder by the fire and listen to how the logs crackle peacefully. Romance, and nothing more.
Also take care that you don't have to place the fifth point directly on the ground. So it will not take long to catch a cold, especially for the female sex. This applies to a picnic that will take place in nature. You can even bring your camping folding chairs or soft bedding with you. So insects will not get to you.
This is again a reference to the changeable weather. Long-sleeved clothes will also help you out in the event of an attack by midges and mosquitoes. You won't go out of need for a blanket, will you? A jacket is a great opportunity to walk in the forest with comfort. If you are going for a picnic by the water, this ammunition is all the more necessary. It is always windy and cool in the evening.
A good picnic should and should look appropriate. If you just land on the grass and eat from your knees, you are unlikely to be called a good organizer and will be allowed to gather everyone in nature at least once again. Civilization, friend, has not been canceled. By the way, I advise you to purchase a water-repellent tablecloth in advance. Surely drinks will spill onto the fabric. But put the elegant white one from your mother's bedside table in its place so as not to be discharged from the apartment.
Without this, do not even poke your nose into nature. Anyway, someone wants to bite you. This is especially true in the forest and near stagnant water. It is advisable to take protection in the form of a spray, so it is not always convenient to smear with cream. But all sorts of candles and odorous pribluda in the open air will turn out to be completely useless. So it makes no sense to take them. Pay attention to the tube of the product. Choose something that will also protect against ticks.
Where without her. If before you have never puzzled yourself with the question of how to have a picnic, then I will remind you of several important points regarding treats. Take with you everything that is ready for use as much as possible. Pre-marinate the meat, chop the vegetables, mix the salads and season, arrange the sausage and cheese as needed. They can be taken directly on the plates, wrapped in cling film in advance. Wash the fruit without fail.
In general, I advise you to limit yourself to light portioned snacks. Canapes, tomatoes stuffed with cheese and garlic, fruits, and a variety of greens are perfect. It is advisable not to take dairy products with you in the heat, salads with mayonnaise dressing (it is better to replace your favorite seasoning with olive oil) and too spicy dishes. Avoid liquids that may spill in the driveway (for example, soups).
This is probably not worth reminding about it. But here, too, there are several amusing tricks. Specify in advance who prefers what alcohol, so as not to offend anyone. Don't forget about drinks for teetotalers and ulcers. This includes juices, fruit drinks, mineral water and other compotes. Do not abuse strong alcohol, so that none of the vacationers get sick under the sun.
Drinking and industrial water
The first is required to replenish the fluid balance in the body. In hot weather, alcohol can cause severe dehydration. What if someone gets a sunstroke? Soldering with beer is not a good idea. The second option will be needed to wash your hands, vegetables (if you haven't done it at home in advance), all sorts of wounds and cuts (different things happen), as well as fill in the remnants of a fire and embers. We don't need fires.
Grill or brazier, skewers, grill and other meat paraphernalia
If there is a vegetarian among you, then with all these adaptations, he also will not remain hungry. It is great to fry mushrooms and vegetables there. It will be good if you do not take completely new equipment to the picnic. She has not yet been tested by heat. In any case, make sure that there are no films, stickers or lubricants on it. Otherwise, all products will simply go bad during the cooking process.
Coals and lighter fluid
Breaking branches and chopping wood is not worth it. Firstly, this way you will spend a lot more time on the fire (raw wood). Second, take pity on nature. Such goods are in bulk in stores, but they are quite inexpensive. Be careful with the liquid, do not set eyebrows and hair on anyone. And be sure to let the coals burn out properly so that they are red with a white border. These give a lot of heat and allow food to burn.
Give up breaking glass and porcelain. Take plastic disposable forks, plates and glasses. An alternative is cardboard dishes. Do not try to burn anything after the end of the meal. Plastic does not just burn, but gives off very corrosive and toxic substances. There is a risk of breathing out and getting poisoned.
Canopy, umbrella or tent
You must have at least some kind of roof over your head. If the picnic will be held in the country or in a rented hacienda, then there is nothing to worry about. Imagine a downpour in a field, on a river bank, or in a forest. It is not pleasant to refuse in such a situation without protection. And in this case, it will definitely not be possible to fry the meat.
Wipes (wet and dry)
Hygiene at a picnic has not yet been canceled. In order not to look for where to wash your hands stained with coal or earth, store these attributes in advance. The girls will definitely appreciate and thank you.
Garbage collection bags
Don't be piglets, be sure to clean up after yourself. Otherwise, very soon there will be no good places for outdoor recreation. The glass under the rays of the sun turns into a magnifying glass that can set fire to dry grass and leaves. Plastic has not decomposed for thousands of years. In short, it's not for me to teach you how to behave outside the apartment (I hope).
Hiking equipment and gadgets
Always stay connected. You never know what can happen during the rest. If you need to know how to have a picnic according to all the safety rules, then the best thing to do is to have navigation. And don't forget your knife, hand saw, hatchet, flashlight, and a roll of strong rope. So, just in case.
If it's really hot outside, take care in advance not to fall off with sunstroke. Let the girls take kerchiefs or hats with them. Friends better get caps. The kebab chief is in the zone of special risk. This person should be the first to put on a hat.
If one of you suddenly felt nausea, severe pain in the temples, passing to the forehead and back of the head, chills, it means that he urgently needs to go into the shadows and how to lie down. Only clean cool water is allowed to drink. And in such a situation, it is not bad to take an antipyretic, and go home in peace. Otherwise, the whole picnic will be hopelessly ruined.
First aid kit
It must contain means for treating wounds, stopping blood, bandages, layers, pain relievers, allergy tablets, ointments and sprays for sun protection, antipyretics, heart medications, migraine remedies and, of course, activated charcoal. Without this, do not even try to rock the boat on a picnic.
So, you seem to have collected everything. What about picnic entertainment? You won't just drink, after all. It is necessary to have a cultural rest too.
What to do at a picnic
There are some good options to brighten up your picnic:
- take a guitar with you;
- take a board game (sold special for a large company or for entertainment with alcohol);
- put badminton rackets and shuttlecocks in your backpack or trunk;
- option for retirees - cards, checkers, dominoes and chess;
- games for children (if you plan to have fun with a family company).
Just imagine how in the evening all of you gather around the fire, make aromatic tea (well, that's how I see it), wrap yourself in blankets in pairs and listen to one guitar master. Romance, and nothing more. In my opinion - an ideal option for outdoor recreation with your soul mate.
By the way, if the purpose of the picnic is precisely love, then try to stay away from anthills, bushes and trees with hollows. And grab a softer bedding. An acquaintance of mine always carried an inflatable mattress in the trunk for such cases. Great stuff, I tell you.
So, my parting words have come to an end. I hope you have learned all the instructions, and the guide has come into place. Treat the organization of outdoor recreation with due responsibility, so that later in panic you do not shrug your shoulders. Take care of the environment and do not leave the coals untouched. Be sure to consider the preferences of each picnic participant. I'm sure you will certainly succeed. Good luck and good time!