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Packing a Picnic for a Day Hike

Packing a Picnic for a Day Hike

Packing a Picnic for a Day Hike

Forget trail mix and beef jerky - go gourmet.


  • When you get to your lunch spot, open the wine. If it's white wine, stick it in the creek (if there is one) for a few minutes to chill.
  • Slice the tomatoes and place them on the bread with some of the cheese. Leave the sandwich open-faced. Pour a little olive oil over the top.
  • You can melt cheese in the sun with a little aluminum foil and some patience.


  1. Purchase a sample-sized bottle of good wine. Try red, as it does not have to be chilled, unless you're going to be near a creek (where you can chill the white).
  2. Get some good cheese, preferably fresh mozzarella. Slice it about half an inch thick.
  3. Get some crusty bread. If it's too long to fit in your pack, break it in half.
  4. Fill a film canister with olive oil. Tape the top shut firmly and place it in a plastic sandwich bag.
  5. Place two tomatoes in a paper bag. Pack this bag in your backpack last.
  6. Get a good bar of chocolate and a few oranges.
  7. Pack cups, a sharp knife, a butter knife, a few paper plates, a corkscrew, a blanket and a hand towel.


Meat doesn't travel well and may be unsafe after a few hours.


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