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Strategies for a Perfect Picnic:

May 23, 1991|ABBY MANDEL

* Plan foods that are easy to prepare and safe to transport.

* Make a checklist of food and equipment.

* Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold, using refreezable ice packets and insulated bags.

* For sandwiches, pack all components separately and assemble them on the spot so they don't get soggy. Pack the dressing for lettuce salads in a separate container.

* Pack separate baskets as needed. It's best to keep food separate from the drinks, picnic settings and accessories.

* Place the food in the shade. Keep picnic hampers closed and well cooled with ice.

* Always pack more food than you think you'll need. Appetites are enormous in the outdoors.

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