While Charleston is known for both its historic architecture and fantastic landscapes, the summer heat can certainly be overwhelming! Today, I’m sharing picnic preparations at the Battery – an idyllic setting for a picnic thanks to the cool shade of its trees and close proximity to water.

First, select a carrying case for your items. While a traditional picnic basket is beautiful – and so fun – I find tote bags with cooling liners easier to carry and more conducive to summer picnics. Personally, I love Scout Bag’s colorful tote. I tend to pair it with my S’Well bottle, which keeps beverages cool for up to 12 hours!


Next, it’s food prep time! Opt for easy-to-assemble tea sandwiches like chicken salad for a refreshing summer lunch. Consider adding fruit skewers to keep everything together (and easy to eat while sitting on the ground! Add a bottle of lemon Pellegrino, and lunch is served!

easy sand      pell

Now for the grand finale – a dessert that can withstand a sunny (and warm) afternoon? Try these peanut butter and jelly bars for the perfect complement to your cheery picnic. (Click on the link for the full recipe!)


What are your favorite picnic preparations? Share them with me in the comment section below (and don’t forget the recipes!)

Happy picnicking,


Share this on social media!