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10 Essentials You Should Pack for Every Picnic

Just add wine and sandwiches.
By Danielle Susi
July 06, 2021
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Summer is picnic season, and everybody knows it. The sun is shining, and (sometimes) the weather is cooperating. Granted, not everyone has access to park space (or even large swathes of green space), so who's to say that a picnic couldn't happen right in your living room? Regardless of where you're enjoying your carefree summer dining and drinking, these essentials are guaranteed to help you have the best picnic ever.

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Picnic Blanket

The ideal picnic blanket is one that is soft to the touch but also keeps any ground moisture from ruining your time outdoors. This blanket is waterproof on one side and soft on the other side, plus it folds up to a compact size, which makes it easy to tote around. The bright shades and patterns ensure that your friends will be able to spot you in the park.

Buy It: $22; Amazon

Picnic at Ascot - Deluxe Equipped 2 Person Picnic Backpack with Cooler, Insulated Wine Holder & Blanket
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Picnic Basket

There are plenty of picnic basket options on the market, but something like a picnic basket is the ultimate choice when hiking into a location or to keep your hands free to carry other items like ... ahem ... an extra bottle of wine.

Buy It: $83; Target

aoske orange umbrella
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With the summer warmth also comes the summer sun. Keep yourself and your loved ones in the shade with an umbrella that is both super portable and super effective. Its tilting pole allows you to angle it so there's no need to pick up your lunch just to move out of the sun.

Buy It: $60; Amazon

korembi folding picnic table
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Portable Table

We'll be honest, we think the best thing about this table is that it has spots to hold your wine glasses AND a spot to keep an open bottle upright. It folds up and is easy to carry to your picnicking spot. This Komorebi portable table adds a touch of elegance to your outing and keeps food off of the ground.

Buy It: $70; Komorebi

crate & barrel white melamine plate
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Melamine Plates

These super cute Crate & Barrel plates are reminiscent of the styrofoam plates of yesteryear, with little compartments for your mains and sides. This melamine version is not only eco-friendly and affordable, they are nearly indestructible and lightweight—making them the best option for outdoor dining.

Buy It: $7; Crate & Barrel

pottery barn picnic compact utensils
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These compact utensil sets are just as at home at a picnic as they are in your lunchbox. This spoon, knife, and fork set are designed to easily clip into one another for simple transport and use. A reusable set like this one from Pottery Barn is a great way to replace single use plastic utensils.

Buy It: $9.50; Pottery Barn

opinel knife and stella falone cutting board
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Folding Knife and Cutting Board

Whether you need to cut fruit to share or want to create a cheese board on site, you can't go wrong with this classic Opinel folding knife and responsibly-sourced reversible cutting board from Stella Falone. Together, they make it a breeze to prepare all the components of a delicious a picnic.

Buy It: $14; Opinel; and $129; Stella Falone

elakai cornhole board
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There's no universally loved and appreciated outdoor game quite like cornhole. Because of their smaller size, these Elakai Travel Boards make it easy to tote cornhole to your picnic site. The stunning mountain designs are definitely a plus!

Buy It: $96; Elakai

vinglace wine bottle chiller
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Wine Bottle Chiller

Showing up to the picnic with a warm bottle of rosé is a big no-no. The Vinglacé wine chiller is a portable, double walled bottle insulator. It's lightweight, comes in over ten different colors, and is customizable for the perfect gift for the outdoor dining aficionado in your life.

Buy It: $90; Vinglacé

cutter citro guard candle
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Insect-Repelling Candles

Set the mood and keep mosquitos at bay with citronella candles. They smell incredible and are are one of the more effective and enjoyable ways to repel insects. These Cutter 20-ounce candles give off a warm glow and the wide base keeps them from tipping over.

Buy It: $8; Amazon