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Vacation picnic tips

Whether you’re touring a garden in Florence or a Florida theme park, dining outdoors can be a great vacation adventure.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2010 02:54 IST

Whether you’re touring a garden in Florence or a Florida theme park, dining outdoors can be a great vacation adventure.

Here are tips to prepare a picnic:

Location:
The right location is critical. Beautiful views and atmosphere will leave you feeling posh instead of poor. Enjoy leisurely snacks while perched on a cliff in Petra, or lounge on the piazza in Pisa.
In theme parks and playgrounds, look for quiet sites with easy access to restrooms, nature trails, etc.

Ingredients:
Shop local to keep things simple. Italy is a great place to enjoy a picnic of wine, cheese, fruit and bread. In the Middle East, pair tea with hummus, eggplant spread, flatbreads and dates.

Use available tools: Backpackers can drop a sarong on the grass and groove with a wine cork, collapsible bowls and plates. Business travellers may find it simpler to feast on street stall meals with a refillable water bottle on the nearest park bench. Those with access to a kitchen and car can enjoy a scenic drive with a full picnic basket.

- MCT