If you’re camping, hiking or just taking a nature walk, you’re probably also picnicking. In fact, eating outdoors is not only something most of us enjoy, but modern technology means you can easily pack, store and even cook your food regardless of how far you are from home.
Picnicking became popular in late 18th century Europe when ordinary people were finally allowed access to the elaborate parks created and maintained for the aristocracy. Suddenly, a meal could be enjoyed next to a lake, a waterfall or in a forest landscape. For some picnickers – both past and present – this is an elaborate activity which may involve bringing special furniture, elegant dishes and cutlery, and elaborate foods. Others prefer a simpler approach, sometimes even gathering wild foods to be used in the picnic.