On top of the normal plates and cutlery, having the right kit can be just as important as the right ingredients. Always pack a small chopping board and sharp knife (carefully packaged) so you can prep any ingredients you’ve just grabbed, as well as a roll of clingfilm to wrap up any leftovers. Clean, empty jam jars are perfect for mixing dressings, holding dips, layering desserts or even serving drinks in, while a plastic mixing bowl can be handy for serving salads or mixing last-minute puds. Handwipes, a tea towel and a clean cloth also make tidying up easier, so if the weather suddenly turns you can pack up in a jiffy, too.
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