So that your food and drinks are sufficiently chilled, pick up an esky or large cooler box. When choosing the size that’s right for you, keep in mind how many items you need to keep cold at one time, how portable it needs to be and where you’ll store it later. Smaller models with sturdy wheels and a luggage-style trolley handle are handy for outings, as are larger ice-boxes that feature clasps and durable handles at each end. Top tip: cool your esky prior to your picnic by placing ice packs inside it the night before the big day – that way it’s already cool when you begin to pack it.
Fire it up
What’s an Australia Day gathering without a barbecue, right? If you already have the perfect barbie in your backyard or shed, make sure it’s clean and fuelled up in the days leading to your shindig. If you’re in the market for a new barbecue, first consider the size and fuel source you desire before you head out shopping. You might like to pick up a new scraper, fork and tongs while you’re at it, too!
Snags are served!
While on the topic of barbecuing, how are you going to serve up your snags and steaks? Pick up a pack of aluminium trays. Problem solved! They’re perfect for serving up meats and salads, suitable for use on the barbecue or in the oven, and great for catching drips under your grill. Top tip: look for premium trays that are strong and rigid.
Keep everyone out of the sun by providing plenty of shade this Australia Day. If you’re hitting the coast, pick up a beach umbrella or two. And if the party is at your place, source a larger market umbrella to cover your seating area. For more permanent shade solutions, you might like to look at roll-out awnings, blinds or shade sails. Psst… pick up sun cream and wide-brimmed hats for your troops, too!
Pack a picnic
So that time spent lazing about on the lawn socialising is extra comfy, have a picnic rug on hand. As a general rule of thumb, choose the rug that is on the larger size, with a PVC rubber backing and that rolls up neatly (with a carry handle!). Top tip: keep your picnic rug in the boot of your car and it’s always ready for impromptu picnics and outdoor summer gatherings.