I do love a good picnic although I haven't been on a real one in years. These days picnics are typically had on my living room floor with my youngest. Its a rainy day thing we have.
I do have some specific supplies that I like to bring when eating on a blanket in a park somewhere.
1 - A blanket or sheet, preferably a Neat Sheet. Sadly these appear to have been discontinued. I use to like to keep them in the trunk of the car. They really do keep the wet out so you can sit on the grass anytime, even if it rained earlier.
2 - Finger food. I use to like to bring cold cuts and bread to make sandwiches but that can get messy. I now prefer things like chicken wingettes that can be picked on all afternoon.
3 - Snack foods. I suppose if you're the healthy type you could bring grapes or something. I've been known to bring strawberries because frankly they are my favorite thing on the planet but pretzels are good too. Hell something really crappy like Bugles or potato chips are fine by me as well.
4 - A book. Have you met me? This really doesn't need any explanation does it?
5 - Multiple bottles of water. Not just one for each person, two or three. Its important to stay hydrated.
6 - If its just me or adults with no little ones around a bottle of Sangria. I chill it before I leave but I'll drink it warm no problem.
7 - Portable speakers for my ipod. Not to play anything loud enough to bother anyone else. Just loud enough for the people on my blanket to hear.
8 - Uno cards. If I'm in a group this is typically the only game I'll ever play but it is a lot of fun with the right people.
9 - Sunglasses. At some point I'm going to lay back and relax, if the sun is in the wrong place this can be very unpleasant. Sunglasses dull that bright light so this recovering goth girl can rest.
10 - Good company. Sometimes that means just me, sometimes a significant other or a group of good friends. It all depends on my mood.
Central Park is one of my favorite places to have a picnic, particularly around water and weeping willows:
What do you like to bring on a picnic?