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We’ve lived in our house for almost four years now, and just a few weeks ago, we stumbled upon an amazing park right by our house. This might not sound like a big deal to city-slickers, but actual park-parks are few and far between in rural Indiana, so finding any park, let alone a great one only a few minutes from our door, is an awesome surprise.
One of my favorite parts of the park is that a nice river runs through the whole thing—it’s a really beautiful, very tranquil, and Juniper loves splashing and skipping rocks (well, trying to skip rocks—she’s still learning). We’ve gotten in the habit of packing a picnic and dining al fresco by the river before we head to the playground or splash in the water.
Packing a picnic makes a regular lunch feel fancy without spending a dime. It really is a great way to enjoy summer without dropping cash on concert tickets or theme park admission. You can still have fun this summer, even if your budget is tight!
I thought I’d pull together some of my favorite tips for picnic packing—your picnic doesn’t need to be fancy. The real star of the show is the novelty of dining outside! No need to stress about packing gourmet foods and high-quality linens.