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The importance of picnic etiquette for people and nature 

With the fresh air, home-made food and exercise, picnic days with the family can be a great cost-effective day out! But when the day is done, there are certain behaviours that should be followed to ensure that your picnic spot is left in a suitable manner, perhaps taking refuse sacks is a wise idea. This article will serve as a how-to guide for the perfect picnic etiquette. After all, you’re not the only one enjoying the sunshine!

Taking the comfort of your family and friends into account

The people are the first thing to consider when planning your picnic. You want them to be comfortable and looked after; after all, picnics are all about being relaxed! 

Here are some top tips to keep your family and friends happy: 

  • The ideal location in a park is one that is not overcrowded, so try your best to choose wisely before settling for the day. That way, you have privacy and you’re respecting the privacy of other people too. 
  • Make sure the spot you chose has access to shade as well as sun. Not everyone does well in the heat, and everyone needs to head to some shade every so often to cool off and to protect themselves from the sun. 
  • For the comfort of those around you, make sure to keep pets on leashes if you decide to bring them along. Also, be ready to clean up after it. 
  • Always prepare for the rain by including a few umbrellas in your bag; your guests will appreciate the effort if the weather turns quintessentially British. 
  • A first aid kit will help prepare for it all, whether it’s for a picnic or in fact any day out. Keep one on hand for any bumps or bruises that might occur during the day’s games and running around, especially if you have kids. 

Here are some tips to help keep your host happy at a picnic if you happen to get an invite to one:

  • Check dietary and allergy requirements when preparing to go:  Your host can pack things to suit your dietary needs, but you need to let them know in advance! It can be a bit of a problem if you don’t mention that you’re allergic to something, don’t eat meat, or avoid dairy until the day! 
  • Remember to bring a contribution for the picnic basket: Whether it’s a nice bottle of wine or selection of nibbles, it’s good manners to bring something to the picnic and not leave it all to the host. 

Remember all of those around you 

When the suns out, it’s likely the majority of Britain will be out making the most of it in a pair of shorts. It’s important to be courteous and respectful to other picnic-goers too. 

  • Try to leave out, or limit at the least, the garlic. Smelly, messy foods not only make a state for you to deal with outside, but it can impact on other picnics going on around you. Not everyone wants to have their sandwiches wrapped in the distinctive odour of devilled eggs that have warmed and spoiled in the sun. 
  • Try to ensure your kids don’t invade the privacy of any other picnic goer’s ‘campsite’. 
  • Turn down the music volume if this appears an issue for the people around you-  It’s okay to want to have a picnic to the peppy beat of Taylor Swift, but not everyone in the park might be as much of a fan of her or your ability to recall every lyric flawlessly. Keep the volume low so you’re not interfering with other people’s conversations. 

Tidy your own mess up

At the end of the day, the park should always be left in the same, if not better condition, than when you arrived. This means tidying up after yourself and your group.

  • The likes of Wipes, napkins, refuse sacks are always cleaning items that should be packed – you can, take a separate bag to gather up recyclables and take them home for sorting if there aren’t any facilities at the park. 
  • A trusty pack of baby wipes or small bottles of hand sanitiser can be useful things to pass around and keep the place squeaky clean

Sources:

https://dianegottsman.com/2011/05/31/planning-the-perfect-park-outing-ten-top-etiquette-tips/
https://goodmannersandetiquette.com/picnic-etiquette/
https://goodmannersandetiquette.com/bbq-etiquette/
https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/how-host-backyard-party/
https://thebritishschoolofetiquette.com/lifes-a-picnic-rules-for-al-fresco-dining/

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