A great outside date idea during COVID is to have a picnic in the park!
Whether you live in NYC, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, or anywhere and everywhere in between, a picnic is a great date night idea or a great daytime date during COVID.
Continue reading to learn what to food to pack for a picnic date and what other essentials to bring.
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Picnic Date Idea Outside During COVID – Picnic Date Food and Picnic Date Essentials
Packing the food for a picnic date outside during COVID is easy! Just order everything from Amazon (Whole Foods) a day ahead of time.
Tip for Buying Picnic Food
Order the food online prior to 12pm the day ahead of time, as sometimes all the delivery time-slots get taken early – even if it’s for the following day!
The Best Picnic Foods to Pack for a Date
It’s better to have more than enough picnic food than to be short. Order the following picnic foods for your COVID date idea outside.
Olives for a Salty Picnic Treat
Wine for a Picnic Date (a Must-Have!)
Wine is a MUST-have for any first date. And that includes a picnic date outside during COVID!
Buy a simple wine for your picnic date from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.
Water or La Croix (Girls love La Croix)
Girls love La Croix. Make sure to bring water bottles or La Croix to drink for your outside picnic date.
Go with the fancier smartwater brand for your picnic date.
Almonds to Snack on for an Outdoor Picnic
Almonds are a salty, healthy food for a picnic date.
Crackers with Cheese (a MUST for all Picnics)
All picnic food includes crackers with cheese.
The best cheeses are aged (aged cheddar, gruyere, or gouda) or soft cheeses (brie, camembert, goat).
Hummus for Vegetables on a Picnic
Hummus is a healthier alternative to cheese for an outside picnic food to pack during COVID.
Avoid hummus with garlic for your outside picnic date!
Grapes (to Add to the Charcuterie Board for Your Picnic)
Grapes are a great picnic food.
Sliced Apples or Clementines as a Healthy Picnic Food
You should have a healthy fruit option for your picnic food. Apples and clementines are a good choice. Everyone loves fuji apples.
Premade Sandwiches for a Lunchtime Outside Picnic Date
Order a simple turkey sandwich or turkey wrap for your picnic date lunch.
Peaches (Optional Picnic Food)
Add peaches to your picnic food list if peaches are in season. (I personally prefer yellow peaches over white peaches.)
Cucumbers or Tomatoes for a Healthy Picnic Food Vegetable
Cucumbers and tomatoes are healthy vegetables for your outside COVID picnic date. Buy the grape tomatoes for your picnic food.
Picnic Essentials to Pack for an Outside Date During COVID
Taking care of the food is #1 for planning your picnic date outside. A girl will be impressed on your picnic date if you get the food taken care of. Now you just have to make sure you don’t forget the picnic date essentials, like cups for the wine or a picnic blanket to sit on!
Paper Plates for Your Picnic Food
You’ll need paper plates! Buy eco-friendly plates to impress a girl. Avoid Dixie paper plates (they are owned by Georgia Pacific and the Koch Brothers – both horrible!) and please don’t be tacky and order Styrofoam plates.
Plastic Cups (for the Wine of Course!)
Any plastic cup will do. Think big, red solo cup or plastic cups.
Napkins or Paper Towels for Your Picnic Date
Plastic Silverware to Eat With – a Picnic Date Essential!
You can often get free silverware from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s if you are shopping in person. If you are ordering online, get forks and spoons. You can always keep the extra for your next outdoor date!
Picnic Blanket to Sit on With Your Date
No girl wants to sit on wet grass or get her dress dirty! Bring a picnic blanket. If you don’t own one, ask her if she has one.
However, it would be helpful to own a picnic blanket anyway. You’ll probably end up using it for your next picnic date or music festival once all this COVID-stuff is over.
Any picnic blanket for your outside date will do. Here’s one from Amazon.
Bug Repellent (Because a Picnic Date with Mosquitos is No Fun)
You may have the picnic food down, but the date won’t be fun if you are both being eaten alive by mosquitoes. Get bug repellent.
Sunscreen for Daytime COVID Outside Dates
Any sunscreen will do for your picnic date. If you want a thorough review of the best sunscreens for face, check out this article by Very Easy Makeup. Here’s a review of the best sunscreen for body by Very Easy Makeup.
Deck of Cards to Play a Game with Your Date
If you are searching for COVID date ideas outside, you can always ask a girl to play cards outside! Bring a deck of cards to the date. Plus, it takes pressure off of the conversation.
Cooler to Carry the Picnic Food (a Picnic Essential!)
Whole Foods will deliver your refrigerated food in a cooler bag, but it would be helpful to own an actual cooler or bag to carry your picnic food! You don’t need to buy a pretty picnic basket for your picnic food.
You can buy a simple insulated cooler bag online for less than $20.
More Tips for a Successful Picnic Date Outside During COVID
Want more tips for a successful picnic date? Continue reading to rock your COVID picnic date idea.
Take Care of the Food
If you are a guy, order all the food and let the girl know that you have it taken care of. It will make her taken care of and she’ll love it. When she asks, “What can I bring?” ask her to bring the dessert!
Pick Her Up
Pick the girl up for your picnic date.
Look Sexy for the Date
Wear classy looking clothes. Check out this Pinterest page by Dating Snippets for daytime date outfits and sexy clothes ideas for men.
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