There’s nothing like trying to open a wine bottle sans corkscrew to make you swear that you will never ever leave the house again without packing properly. So here to assist you in that endeavor is Annie Bell’s essential picnic checklist, culled from her new book, “The Picnic Cookbook” (Kyle Books, $19.95, 176 pages):
1. That corkscrew.
2. Stemless wine glasses or paper cups – but never flimsy plastic cups, Bell said.
3. Plates for serving, as well as eating. For an elegant picnic, mix the melamine or plastic with some mismatched vintage china – dishes that won’t devastate you if broken.
4. Knives, forks and spoons, for serving as well as eating.
5. A small bread board for slicing baguettes, salami, cheese or fruit.
6. Napkins and dish towels.
7. Sea salt and black pepper so guests can tweak the seasoning.
8. A nice blanket, not a ratty one.
9. Sunscreen, sunglasses, cushions and umbrellas for comfort.
10. Plastic wrap and plastic bags for leftovers.