As the Memorial Day weekend begins to wind down it feels as though summer is just beginning to roll in. I love the transition to late evenings spent outside, and impromptu campfires with friends and family.
One of the best things about living in a small town in the midwest is the patriotism that is on display. The town’s park is covered with large American flags for each Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. There is a community Memorial Day service held to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
In addition to the patriotic festivities of Memorial Day people start gearing up for summer. Pools open, campfires resume, BBQs fire up, and the motorcycle brigade stretches down the highway as far as you can see. You can tell that people can hardly wait to begin enjoying the warm summer months, which go by so fast in this portion of the US.
In anticipation of the warm months ahead and all of the time we will spend grilling, heading to picnics, and enjoying campfires, I’ve put together my summer outing packing list. All 10 will help us be prepared to enjoy the day and make sure we are ready to relax. Add some good food and a book and you are set for the day!
- picnic basket – I keep this packed with plates, cups, napkins, tablecloth and wipes all summer long. Then all I have to do is grab it and go!
- checkered tablecloth – Keeping a tablecloth on hand can double as an extra picnic blanket if you need extra space.
- tumblers – Reusable plastic cups are great to keep on hand for drinks.
- divided plates – Keep any food (picnic or takeout) separated with these reusable plates.
- linen striped tea towels – Big enough to clean up messes and wrap up leftover bread.
- lighter – A sturdy and dependable lighter for candles, fires, and BBQs.
- picnic blanket – Pick a blanket that is sturdy and won’t let water seep through from the ground.
- waterproof cards – Cards that will stand the test of time and hold up to spills in the picnic basket.
- travel hammock – More of a luxury item than a necessity for sure, but these hammocks are easy to unwrap and hang on the spot for a quick nap or reading break.
- comfort smart chair – Go for a comfortable and sturdy chair that can handle being left in the trunk! This way you are always ready for impromptu trips to the baseball field or a BBQ.
What are some of your go-to items to pack for a day outside during the summer? I’d love to know your thoughts!
And I hope that wherever your summer takes you, you will be able to find time to relax and enjoy the season.