This article exists as part of the online archive for HuffPost Canada, which closed in 2021.

Picnic Hacks: Tips For Dining Outdoors

Planning and preparation are key.

Eating and drinking on a patio is great, but so is sitting in the park for a personalized picnic.

But if you fail to plan correctly, a picnic date can quickly turn into a disaster thanks to an ant invasion or squashed sandwich.

In the infographic below by Swissotel hotels and resorts, we learn how to pack the perfect picnic so you can avoid soggy salads and panic inducing pests.

But the best tip of all would have to be the barbecue building guide. All you need is some foil, charcoal, metal mesh and a terra cotta pot. Add some fire and you've got an adorable (albeit very hot) portable grill.

Charcoal grills are great for giving your food a rich, smokey taste and charred exterior, but they can be dangerous if handled incorrectly. After using a charcoal barbecue be sure to let the coals cool completely before discarding them, Health Canada recommends.

Get more great picnic tips in the chart below.

Also on HuffPost

Picnic Recipes

Suggest a correction
This article exists as part of the online archive for HuffPost Canada. Certain site features have been disabled. If you have questions or concerns, please check our FAQ or contact support@huffpost.com.