Top 5 British Must-haves For Your Picnic

We can finally say that winter is over for another year, spring is here and we cannot wait to get out and enjoy the sunshine that is starting to break through the clouds. As the days get lighter and the weather gets warmer there is no denying that us Brits will start to make the most of not having to be home early or carry an umbrella around with us. 

Getting out and about with family and friends is one of the things we love most about spring and summer so, it is safe to say that that a picnic of some kind is definitely on the cards for many this season. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your picnic this year, keep reading today. British Essentials have put together a list of all of our traditional must-haves for your picnic basket this season.


Perfect savoury snacks

Many people would say that your savoury snacks are the foundations of your picnic, whether you’re having it for a mid-morning brunch or an afternoon meal, you will need some savoury food in your basket. We are sure that lots of Brits will agree that must-have savoury snacks include things such as finger sandwiches, sausage rolls, pork pies and scotch eggs but, of course, you can’t forget crisps. 

As a nation, there is no denying that Brits love crisps and you can guarantee to find a range in every picnic basket. From Tyrrells big sharing packets to Walkers individual multi-packs you will probably want to take different flavours with you. 


Yummy sweet treats 

Every picnic needs a range of British treats and this is an essential no matter how many people are coming along. Both sweets and chocolate are considered a must-have and, in order to cater to everyone’s needs, you will probably want a variety of both. Our top tip would be to go for individual bars or packets rather than share bars/bags to make thing easier. 

Although it may not be first on your list, you should pack a range of fresh, or dried, fruit too. Just because it’s one of your five a day doesn’t meet it isn’t yummy and, it is a great way to get the little ones attending to eat something more healthy too.  


Refreshing cold drinks 

Of course, you will need something to drink in your picnic basket and whilst tea or coffee may be essential for some, if the sunshine is out then you can guarantee that you’ll want some cold drinks too. Again, this is probably something you’ll want to have a mixture of in order to please everyone. 

Whilst the majority of Brits will usually reach for a can of fizzy like Coca Cola or Fanta on an occasion like this, we would recommend taking a bottle of water and a range of different flavoured squash as well. Everyone loves a glass of Robinsons so why not take a bottle of orange and a bottle of apple and blackcurrant with you too. 


Delicious baked goods 

A picnic wouldn’t be complete without a range of baked goods. From cupcakes to biscuits they are the perfect dessert to take in your basket. Thankfully, this is something else that you can purchase in individual packets too which can make things much easier if you don’t have space for cutlery or plates. 

If you do want to go all out and bake a cake though, many Brits would agree that one of the best cake mixes to purchase would be Betty Crocker. Whether you want a rich chocolate cake or a light lemon drizzle, you know that they will have a mix for you to use. 


Something fun to do 

We know that this isn’t edible but, the last thing that every picnic needs is something fun for you to all do together. Whether it is a frisbee or a cricket set, everyone attending can enjoy getting up and playing a game together. After all, this is exactly what this type of event and this time of year is all about. 

Preparing for your spring/summer picnic 

Using the 5 must-have categories above you can begin to plan the perfect picnic for your family and friends. Whether you have a sweet tooth or you prefer something savoury there is something for everyone and you can guarantee that your picnic will be one to remember.     

If you’re searching for a British online store where you can order all of the classic British foods for your picnic, visit the British Essential website today. You can trust that we will have all of the big named brands that you’d find in a British grocery store all in one place and you can easily search for them on our website. Wherever you are in the world you can have all of your British favourites delivered to you ready to put together the ultimate picnic basket. 

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