Packing Tips for the Perfect Fall Picnic

Summer has come and gone, and you may be mourning the end of summer activities. The onset of autumn’s chill might mean you can’t take the kids to the pool, but barbecues and outdoor picnics don’t have to end after Labor Day. There are still plenty of fun ways to soak up the sun through the first several weeks of autumn. One great way to spend time outdoors is to go on a fall picnic.

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If you’re thinking about planning a fun fall picnic with the kids or enjoying fall foliage and food on a romantic date, then use the following packing list for the perfect outdoor meal!


In the summer, you might have needed bug spray and bags of ice, but the cooler weather changes up the essentials. Consider packing something thick to sit on, like cushions, since the ground might be cold or wet from recent rain. If the day looks windy, thin, about grabbing plates from your cupboard rather than paper to keep things from blowing away. After all, going reusable helps protect the natural beauty of fall!

Finally, packing blankets is also a good idea for chilly weather, especially if you want to extend your picnic into a stargazing adventure. Ideally, you’ll want at least two blankets — one to put on the ground, and one to wrap around yourself!


When the temperature is over 90 degrees, perishable food can’t be left out for more than one hour, making summertime picnics a bit tricky. In the fall, however, you have a little more wiggle room for bringing fresh foods.

Here are some fun snack and meal ideas to inspire your picnic cuisine:

  • Cheese and crackers
  • Seasonal fruits, like grapes, apples, and pears
  • Harvest-themed pies and baked dishes like pumpkin pie or sweet potato casserole
  • Sandwiches with an autumnal twist! Think spiced apples, ham, and caramelized onions
  • A fun fall beverage, like apple cider, served with donuts for dessert!


Finally, a different season requires different clothing. For fall sweater weather, try dressing in layers, since autumn weather can go from almost too warm to chilly when clouds roll in. Wear comfortable, warm shoes that will keep feet dry in dewy grass. Tossing a compact umbrella in the picnic basket is also good insurance against passing rain.

Don’t let cabin fever set in prematurely, and get outside to see changing leaves, beautiful sunsets, and wildlife prepping for winter. By packing smart and being creative, you can make any fall picnic really special.


  1. October 14, 2018 / 7:28 am

    Wish I’d gotten the kids out for a fall picnic before it got so cold all of a sudden… just last Tuesday it was 85, and then bam it dropped into the 40’s and 50’s every day! We didn’t even get a nice in between period of nice 60-70 degree days… which would’ve been perfect for things like fall picnics 🙁

  2. Amy Drazen
    October 15, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    I live across the street from the best park for picnics. However, the weather is still in the 90’s here in Florida. I love picnics with my family and the weather should start getting cooler next month. I love the idea of adding apples and carmelized onions to sandwiches and having apple cider at picnics. So fun! 🙂

  3. tat2gurlzrock
    February 11, 2019 / 3:59 pm

    These are great tips. I really love the idea of serving cider or some other seasonal beverage!

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