Essentials for a Picnic Day Out with Toddlers
Now the weather is warmer, it’s the perfect time to pack your picnic and head off for a day out, whether with the family, your NCT friends or work colleagues. A quintessential British tradition, picnic days out in the UK are one of the great joys of summer.
That said, planning a picnic with a fussy eater toddler has its moments, which is why we’ve pulled together these helpful tips and recommendations to make your picnic day out a success. From choosing the perfect picnic spot to packing essentials and catering to your fussy eater's needs, we've got it covered. So, dust off that picnic basket and get ready for a memorable picnic adventure in the beautiful British countryside.
Where to Go For a Picnic Day Out with Kids?
When it comes to essentials for a picnic day out with kids, indoor or outdoor is a preference you can choose from. Outdoor options tend to be much better in the sunshine, here are some of the most popular backdrops for cheap picnic ideas for family time.
Local parks are always free and with plenty of green space, explore nearby parks such as Hyde Park in London, The Meadows in Edinburgh, or Victoria Park in Bristol, depending on where you live. These parks offer ample space for picnics, play areas for children, and a serene environment for relaxation. If you’re looking for a real picturesque setting, try; the Peak District, the Lake District, Snowdonia or the Butterfly World Project in Hertfordshire, where there are stunning landscapes, walking trails, and picnic areas surrounded by nature's beauty.
You might also want to try petting farms like Odds Farm Park in Buckinghamshire or Hounslow Urban Farm in London. Interacting with animals can be an exciting and engaging experience, and some farms even offer picnic areas for families to enjoy. Just remember to sanitize hands after petting.
Another option is to explore adventure playgrounds like BeWILDerwood in Norfolk or Cliveden in Buckinghamshire. These locations provide play areas, picnic spots, and fun activities that can help distract your fussy eater and encourage them to explore new foods!
What food to pack for a toddler picnic?
Pack a variety of finger foods and snacks that your fussy eater toddler enjoys. Opt for bite-sized sandwiches, fruit slices, vegetable sticks, cheese cubes, and yogurt pouches. Remember to pack some of their favourite treats as well to entice them during the picnic.
Here are some quick and easy treats to include:
- Washed, chopped strawberries
- Hard boiled eggs
- Watermelon slices
- String cheese
- Hummus and carrot batons (choose cucumber if teething)
- Seasonal fruits
Essentials for a Picnic Day out with Kids Nearby
- Munchy Play plate: A fun picnic idea for family time, don’t forget to pack your Munchy Play Track Plate, to help make your picnic extra special and help to avoid the little ones toddling off. They are durable and easy to bring along and wash down.
- Drinks and Hydration: Bring along plenty of water, juice boxes, or a thermos with a chilled beverage to keep your toddler hydrated throughout the day.
- Utensils and Napkins: Pack child-friendly utensils, spill-proof cups, and napkins to make eating easier and minimize mess.
- Picnic Blanket: Choose a comfortable and spacious picnic blanket to create a designated picnic area where your toddler can sit and eat.
- If you’re taking your pet – remember to bring a bowl and water to keep them hydrated too!
Essentials To Pack for your Toddler for a Day Out
- Sun Protection: Apply sunscreen on your toddler's skin and provide a sun hat or cap to protect them from harmful UV rays.
- Extra Clothing: Pack an extra set of clothes in case of spills or accidents during the picnic.
- Comfort Items: Bring along your toddler's comfort items such as a fav toy car or blanket for familiarity and comfort in a new environment.
- Wet Wipes and Hand Sanitiser: I mean, can you ever have enough!? Keep wet wipes and hand sanitizer handy for quick clean-ups before and after meals.
- First Aid Kit: Pack a small first aid kit with essentials like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and any necessary medication your toddler may need (don’t forget the Calpol!)
- Insect Repellent: Depending on the location and season, consider packing insect repellent to protect your toddler from bites.
With careful planning and consideration, a picnic day out in the UK with a fussy eater toddler can be a delightful experience. Choose picturesque picnic spots, pack a variety of foods your child enjoys, and incorporate engaging activities along.