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What to Pack for a Picnic for Two?

by Franck Jehanne

A picnic for two can be an enjoyable day out in nature, and having the right things with you ensures that you have a great time. With a few essentials and some optional extras, packing up for a day out couldn’t be easier. Here is a guide on what to pack for a picnic so that you are well-prepared and can make the most of your outing.


Food and drinks

No picnic is complete without the food and drinks! There are plenty of options - it just depends on what type of meal you want to have.

For a filling lunch, consider packing sandwiches or wraps, If you're looking for something a bit heartier, why not pack up some hot dogs or burgers? Salads are also ideal for bringing along to picnics. Depending on your preferences, choose from potato salad, coleslaw, pasta salad or any other salad that takes your fancy.

For drinks, pack plenty of water to keep hydrated - as well as juice boxes or soda cans if desired. If alcoholic beverages are allowed in the area, you can also pack beer or wine to enjoy with your meal. Keep them cool in our handy Champagne buckets.

romantic picnic setup for a couple

Plates, cups and utensils

Choose plates that won't break easily if they're accidentally dropped - either plastic or paper plates work well. For drinks, why not opt for reusable plastic cups - they're sturdier than their paper counterparts! If there are leftovers, don't forget to bring Tupperware containers so that you can store them safely.

Other necessary items include forks, knives and spoons - even if you’re not planning on having a formal meal, these will come in handy for picking up snacks.

Picnic blanket

When it comes to picnic blankets, there are many styles and materials to choose from. From vibrant colours and prints that make a statement to traditional quilts for a classic look, you're sure to find something perfect for your outing!

Fleece blankets are great for added comfort on chilly evenings. Water-resistant blankets can handle a bit of rain or dew without getting soggy. You can also opt for blankets with built-in foam cushioning for extra comfort when lounging or sitting on the ground.

For the more adventurous picnicker, special multi-functional designs are available such as those that have waterproof tops that can double as tarps if needed - perfect for sheltering against heavy downpours!

Insect repellant

Insect repellants can go a long way when it comes to keeping pesky critters away. There are many types of repellent available, such as sprays and lotions, that can be applied directly to the skin. Some products even come with a characteristic scent or additive, such as citronella or eucalyptus oil, to help keep bugs away.

For outdoor activities, look for insect repellents in aerosol cans that are formulated to stay on longer and provide greater coverage over larger areas. If you prefer something more natural, there are many herbal-based products available as well. In a pinch, lemon juice and garlic can make an effective homemade repellent!


Sunscreen is an essential part of protecting your skin when outdoors. There are many varieties available, including those that offer protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Look for a sunscreen with a combination of mineral and chemical ingredients to ensure the best coverage possible. When selecting sunscreens, check for products that are sweat and water-resistant so that you can stay protected even during activities like swimming or other outdoor sports.

For sensitive skin, look for sunscreens that are specifically formulated for sensitive areas or those that use natural ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Make sure to choose a product with an SPF rating of at least 30, and be sure to reapply if you’re out in the sun for an extended period of time!


Nothing can ruin the mood so fast as a cold shower on a picnic. Don't be caught off guard without an umbrella! Our stylish selection of classic British umbrellas can be the perfect match for any outfit, ready to save the day if needed.

Optional Extras

Portable speakers or radio for music

Portable speakers and radios are great options to bring music with you while you’re out and about. Whether you’re camping, at the beach, or simply want a soundtrack on your morning walk, portable speakers and radios can provide a quality listening experience.

When choosing a speaker or radio, consider the size of the device. If portability is a priority, look for smaller models that can fit easily into pockets and bags. Also, think about battery life; some models boast up to 20 hours between charges! For added convenience, look for speakers and radios with Bluetooth capabilities so you can wirelessly connect to other devices.

packing for a picnic for two

Games or activities

When spending time with your special someone, having activities that are just the two of you can help build a strong bond. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of fun things to do in pairs!

Bringing a deck of cards is an easy way to keep busy while enjoying each other's company. You can play traditional games like Go Fish or invest in trick-taking card games like Euchre and Spades. If you want some physical activity, frisbee or bocce ball can provide hours of entertainment. For a more romantic setting, look into two-player board and puzzle games such as Battleship, Checkers, and Jenga.

Portable chairs and table

Having a cozy seating area can make any outdoor adventure more enjoyable. Portable chairs and tables are a great way to make that happen! Many options come with adjustable heights, built-in cup holders, and UV-protected fabrics so they won't fade in the sun. For ease of transport, opt for folding styles that can be tucked away into small backpacks.

Certain models also come with pop-up canopies for shade or picnic baskets for snacks. With these items on hand, you'll have the ability to relax anywhere you go!

As a cozier alternative, why not pick up a couple of our outdoor cushions? Made from wool in a variety of stunning colours with a waterproof back, these are an easy-to-carry choice for any outings in the nature.

Camping stove for cooking food on the spot

Picnics are always a romantic outing, and having the right cooking tools can make them even more enjoyable. For couples who want to cook a meal outdoors, a camping stove is an ideal solution.

Choose one that is small enough to fit in a backpack but still provides enough BTUs and adjustable temperature settings. These stoves can often come with additional features such as built-in Piezo igniters and windscreens. With the right equipment, you’ll be able to whip up tasty dishes at your next picnic!


Where is the best place to have a romantic picnic?

Finding the perfect spot for your romantic picnic is key. Here are some ideas of great places to have a picnic for two:

  • A nearby park or garden – Parks and gardens provide a natural setting that's perfect for an intimate picnic. Choose one near you with plenty of trees and greenery for shade.
  • Your backyard – Your own private space can be ideal if you don’t want to venture too far from home. Create a magical atmosphere with torches, cushions, and blankets on soft grass or sand.
  • The beach – Nothing says romance quite like a picnic on the beach. Pack up your favourite food and drinks and head down to your nearest stretch of sand for an unforgettable experience.
  • Mountain overlooks – If you’re in an area surrounded by mountains, consider picnicking at one of its many overlooks. You’ll be able to enjoy breathtaking views while snacking on delicious bites together.

Is there any special etiquette or rules I should follow when planning a picnic for two? 

Planning a picnic date can be an enjoyable and romantic way to show someone you care. To ensure your picnic goes as smoothly as possible, it's important that you keep a few etiquette tips in mind. It's never a bad idea to bring extra utensils, dishes and napkins, just in case you need them.

Likewise, when packing food, remember to plan only enough for the two of you—it can feel like overkill if there is too much of one item or leftovers are left behind. Finally, on the day of the picnic, don't forget to get there early and leave plenty of time afterwards for cleanup - a good gesture that shows respect for the environment. Follow these guidelines, and you'll have the perfect romantic outdoor setting for your special someone.

How can I make sure my picnic is enjoyable and memorable? 

Planning a successful picnic for two can require a little extra effort, but the end result will be worth it! To make sure the day is enjoyable and memorable, start by selecting the perfect spot. Look for a shaded area with plenty of room to spread out and relax.

Bring comfortable chairs or a blanket that you can both sit on and snacks that you both agree on. Next, prepare your favourite songs in advance so you can easily create an atmosphere of tranquillity. Making sure to take lots of photos throughout the day with some cute props like umbrellas or hanging flowers will help capture all your special moments together.

Finally, add in some fun activities such as card games or charades to ensure you have plenty to talk about and laugh at throughout the afternoon. With these tips, your picnic for two will be a delightful experience!

What is the best way to set up and organise a romantic picnic table setting for two people? 

Start by finding a secluded spot with a beautiful natural backdrop, such as in a garden or wooded area. If possible, hang some decorations like strings of white lights over the table so you can enjoy the stars even when it’s dark outside.

To finish the look, pick out any linen or décor to make it special; consider bringing along a rustic picnic basket for added charm. As the finishing touch, add some scented candles and floral arrangements to create a cozy atmosphere. With these steps in place, you have all you need for an unforgettable picnic date night!

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About the Author

Franck Jehanne is the co-founder of British lifestyle brand, Heating & Plumbing London. After 10 years working for Cartier and other luxury brands from the Richemont group, he started his entrepreneurial journey in 2011, leading to the creation of the brand in 2017.

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