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How To Pack The Perfect Picnic

05/22/2012 09:18am ET | Updated May 21, 2015

The best way to take advantage of the beautiful, warm days ahead is with a delicious picnic eaten in a lovely al fresco setting. There's something about eating outdoors, and on a blanket, that makes food taste slightly more delicious.

Whether you'll be making your way to the beach, are planning a meal after a long hike, or just know of a beautiful patch of grass worth spending some time in, we've got picnic packing tips for you. And recipes. So many great recipes.

But first, a couple of things to keep in mind:

1. Remember food safety: Make sure food has completely cooled before packing it up in containers. And don't eat anything that has been left out in warm weather for longer than two hours, no matter how good it looks.

2. Pack foods in sealable containers to avoid spills and basket messes. There's nothing worse on a picnic than finding your sandwiches soggy from a leaky coleslaw.

3. Don't forget napkins, plates or utensils. And glasses! (Everyone always forgets glasses.)

4. Keep things cold. Use ice pack or freeze water bottles -- which you can later drink as they defrost -- to keep things chilled.

5. Most importantly: Make lots of food, take your time and enjoy the beautiful warm weather.

Here are a few great recipes that'll travel well, and are easy to eat while sitting in the grass. Enjoy!

1
Caprese Pasta Salad
Niki Lowry
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2
Ham, Spinach And Gruyére Quiche
A Cozy Kitchen
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3
BLT Spring Roll
White On Rice Couple
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4
Greek Lemon Pasta Salad
Foodie Crush
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5
Spicy Pork Lettuce Cups with Noodles
White On Rice Couple
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6
Middle Eastern Chicken And Couscous Wraps With Goat Cheese
Handle The Heat
7
Caprese Pasta Salad
Annie's Eats
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8
Quinoa Wrap
Como Come Cami
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9
Avocado Caprese Wrap
Foodie Crush
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10
Curried Chicken And Lentil Pita Pockets
Bev Cooks
11
Easy Layered Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad
Half Baked Harvest
12
Zucchini And Smoked Chicken Sausage Penne Pasta With Basil
Foodie Crush
13
Buffalo Chicken And Avocado BLT Wraps
Half Baked Harvest
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14
Cobb Salad Sandwich
Two Peas and their Pod
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15
Mason Jar Zucchini Pasta Salad With Avocado Spinach Dressing
Sugar Free Mom
16
Horseradish Roast Beef Wrap
Macheesmo
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17
Asparagus, Spinach, & Feta Quiche
Two Peas And Their Pod
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18
Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumber and Feta
Laura Bolton for Fork Knife Swoon
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19
Tuna Nicoise Sandwich
Adventures in Cooking
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20
Muffaletta
Alpha Smoot/Food52
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21
Asian Tuna Salad
Simply Recipes
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22
Stetson Potato Salad
Foodie Crush
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23
German Chocolate Brownies In A Jar
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