Before you get busy packing the basket, take a second to find out if you’re smarter than the average bear. (Answers below the photo!)
1. If you’ve been stung by a bee, what can you use to remove the stinger?
(a) A credit card
(b) A needle
(c) A spoon
2. How long can food sit in the sun before it should be thrown out?
(a) 45 minutes
(b) 2 hours
(c) 4 hours
3. Which of the following make a great cushion for a wine bottle?
(a) Packing peanuts
(b) A cloth napkin
(c) Children’s floaties
Ready for the answers?
1. (a) A credit card. If you see the stinger, gently lift it out by scraping the surface of your skin with the edge of that fantastic plastic. Learn how to treat every pesky bug bite with this guide.
2. (b) 2 hours—though if you’re in temperatures over 90 degrees, toss your food after one hour. Either way, be sure to store your picnic goodies in a well-insulated cooler filled with ice (sorry, cute picnic baskets!) and out of direct sunlight. Not sure what to pack in the first place? Try one of these cooler-friendly recipes.
3. (c) Children’s floaties. That’s right: If your kids are a bit too old for the pool standby, use floaties to shield wine bottles and other breakables against bumps, bruises, and breaks. See more why-didn’t-I-think-of-that summertime New Uses for Old Things.