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Students plan perfect picnics

Jake Johnson/Photographer Don’t forget your picnicking essentials when you head into the sun this spring.

Jake Johnson/Photographer
Don’t forget your picnicking essentials when you head into the sun this spring.

Since it’s hard to tell if spring is here for good, lets take advantage of these sporadic sunny and 65 degree days and organize a picnic.

There are a few key elements to a picnic that you will not want to forget in order to create a memorable spring time afternoon.

First off: location, location, location. Where you decide to have your picnic can make or break your experience.

“On a hill under a willow tree next to a quaint little pond would be my ideal picnic setting,” Krista Stuhr, junior psychology major, said.

Ponds or lakes add a whimsical touch and an ideal landscape to your perfect picnic outing.

The next most important aspect to your picnic is the food. What are you going to pack? Is it take-out, a sandwich or a salad? The best way to maximize your picnic experience is to bring some irresistible tasty treats.

“Strawberries,” Kara Bainter, freshman interpersonal communication major, said. “With a little bit of sugar, they are perfect on a summer afternoon.”

Picnic accessories are key. Blankets, music and bug spray are important factors in creating the perfect picnic.

The elements can be bothersome when spending time outside. To avoid bites and burns, pack bug spray and sunscreen. A large blanket goes without question in order to give you the most room possible for relaxing and snacking with plenty of space to stretch out.

Last but not least, consider your picnic companion. Who you are spending time with is the most important feature of any picnic experience.  With the right company, even the craziest picnic disasters won’t seem so catastrophic.

With the temperatures rising, grab your blanket, pack a lunch and take your favorite person out for the perfect picnic.

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