While peoples thoughts tend to head indoors at the thought of cold weather, winter can be a beautiful time to head outdoors. Especially to enjoy a winter picnic.
Winter Picnic Ideas & Tips For Cold Weather Picnic Success
You may be lucky enough to enjoy temperate sundrenched winters or, look forward to all the activities that come with the first snowfall. Even if it’s waiting for a rare, crisp sunny day between winters rainfalls, there are plenty of great reasons to rug up and plan an alfresco winter date or two. After all, there’s nothing like cold weather to stimulate the appetite.
Picnics in the snow, wintery walks in the woods, game day tailgates, or even a chance to throw a rug down in a local park. Brisk winters days can be a lovely time to host a picnic as long as you plan ahead.
Below, we’ve rounded up all our best picnic tips to help you plan successful winter season picnics. From the best winter picnic food ideas to tips on how to stay warm and cosy and how to keep your winter food piping hot. We’ve even searched out some very handy picnic accessories to help make every winter picnic enjoyable.
There’s something nice about rugging up in your winter woollies and hitting the great outdoors. However, you still need to be prepared for an extended time outside and the possibility of a change in weather.
Make sure your picnic party have all the required clothing – Jackets, hats, gloves, scarves etc for the weather and any anticipated changes in weather. Also pack all the appropriate picnic gear to ensure your time outdoors is comfortable.
Do you need extra blankets, an umbrella (a large beach umbrella is very handy for winter picnics) or even a portable table to keep you off the ground?
Winter Picnic Essentials
Aside from your usual picnic essentials, there are a few things you should remember to pack in winter.
- Tissues for cold runny noses.
- Sunscreen, because winter rays can be just as harmful.
- A torch or lantern if short daylight hours might be an issue for you.
- Matches or lighter if planning a fire or bbq along with dry kindling.
- Something waterproof to sit on – even picnic benches can stay damp on a dry winters day.
We’ve got suggestions below for the best winter picnic worthy blankets to keep you warm and dry as well as some very portable accessories that will make winter picnics a much more civilised affair.
There is nothing better than enjoying a portable feast huddled around a bonfire. Head to a picnic spot where it is possible to have a bonfire picnic. Many beaches and nature reserves have dedicated fire pits where you can safely enjoy a bonfire picnic without having to go too far off the grid.
Local parks and often national parks also have wood grills which are perfect for a winter bbq picnic or even as an alternate fire pit to keep you toasty.
If you do decide to build a bonfire in the wilderness, always make sure you do so responsibly – make sure it is legal, you have taken the precautions to keep it contained, and you have fully extinguished it when you leave – leave no trace.
If you can’t snag a dedicated fire pit at your local picnic spot, we have included in our list a lightweight, portable, no trace fire pit solution perfect for winter picnics.