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5 Useful Things for the Perfect Picnic

5 Useful Things for the Perfect Picnic

In a busy life, most people always wait for a picnic with their family because it’s considered as the best time to improve the relationship between family members and the time for sharing and relaxing as well. However, many people get in trouble at the preparation step or always forget some tiny things like lighter, a bowl, etc. Therefore, thoughtful preparation is a good thing for the perfect trip.

1. Suitable clothes

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    Perhaps you think that clothes are not the problem while enjoying the picnic so you don’t pay attention to the issue, but it is really a misconception. The picnic is time for rest, refreshment, and fun, so you should choose the clothes that are the most comfortable for you and can help you move easiest. Furthermore, wearing expensive clothes can be a bad choice for you because when enjoying outside activities, your clothes can get dirty or ruined by some unexpected incidents, so you should choose the clothes which you can throw away or easily clean. Moreover, if you like wearing a dress, a maxi dress or long dress is the best idea for you. They will help you move more easily, sit down or run and they are more comfortable than a short dress.

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    2. Make a list of what are the necessary things to bring

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      Whether you are a careful person or not, making a list of necessary things for the picnic is always the most important step because there are a lot of tiny things for a picnic and your brain can not cover them all. In addition, the list also helps you avoid the “OMG, I forgot” situation which makes your picnic uncomfortable. You can divide the list into 3 parts including types of food and vegetable, kitchen tools and personal things. For foods, you should cook or pre-process at home to save picnic time as well as reduce the number of kitchen tools such as a gas cooker or saucepans. Don’t forget to wash, peel, cut and store the vegetables and fruits in additional boxes from the house. When arriving at the picnic place, just enjoy them without loss of time for the preparation of food as well.

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      If you love the beach and want to visit the beach for your family, remember to bring a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. You should bring insect control pills if your picnic place is national park or forest. Be proactive and prepare a list of appliances and utensils which you need to bring 1-2 days ahead to be sure that you bring all things you want for the picnic. You should avoid preparing necessary things 1-2 hours before going to the picnic.

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      3. Bring tablecloths

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        It’s the most importing thing when going to the picnic, but all most people always forget it. Whether you choose the beach, park or anywhere for your family, tablecloths is one of the first things you have to bring because it helps you have clean place for eating and sitting instead of sitting on sand, soil or grass which can cause a lot of problems that you do not unforeseeable such as insect bites, dirty clothes and etc.

        4. Carry a serving tray

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          Except when going to the picnic area zones that have available tables and seats, you should bring a tray to serve food. Normally, sitting on the ground can make for an uneven surface, so this can make it hard for beer and wine to be poured. Hence, bring a plastic tray to put food and drinks. The tray will also make the food more beautiful if you intend to take a photo with them.

          5. Readiness to enjoy

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            The last thing you need to do is to enjoy this trip. You can bring a magazine, a paper, a novel or some funny things or interesting games to do with your family to make the best memorable and relaxing time for each member of the family. You should put stress or trouble things in your life on the other side and enjoy 100% feeling in the picnic. In addition, staying away from the phone, tablet is the best idea in this time. You should remember that the picnic is the time for your family and outside activities.

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            Last Updated on May 15, 2019

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            As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

            “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

            When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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            Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

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            But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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            So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

            It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

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            2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

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            This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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            4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

            How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

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            If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

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