What is your favorite view to enjoy with your family? Do you live near the mountains? A vineyard? Perhaps near a lake, river or the beach?
Living in Southern California we are always having impromptu gatherings at a local park, beachfront or when we make an hour long plan into a day trip. After reading an article in my Real Simple magazine about having your vehicle prepared for an outing – I thought, “YES! Organized idea. I want this!” If you know me, you’ll know that I am all about preparations, planning, organization and efficiency.
Today I put together a quick Impromptu Kit for family outings all year round!
Here’s what I put in mine:
1. vinyl picnic tablecloth (or cloth tablecloth with a plastic liner) // 2. blanket // 3. bungee cord for tying things down or hooking together // 4. insulated cooler by World Market
5. newspaper to wrap up fragile items // 6. extra plastic bags for garbage, wet bathing suits or towels // 7. roll of paper towels
3. must have utensils: wine bottle opener, can opener & knife/spreader // 4. straws for glass bottled drinks, canned drinks or just to blow air! from Ikea // 5. plastic cups
Now, go find yourself a cooler and grab the essentials so you’re always ready to stop by the lake, the mountains or the beach on your way home.
Some quick meal ideas: prosciutto & deli sliced cheeses. prepared salads. bagels, lox & cream cheese. lunchables for the kids!
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