18 Things You Need for the Perfect Picnic

From rolling cooler bags to foldable picnic tables, show up to the picnic prepared with our list of essentials.

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July 07, 2021

July has a lot going for it, including the Fourth of July, sunshine and warm weather. But the steamy month also has the distinction of being the official month of outdoor dining. That's right, July is National Picnic Month. Basically, now's the time to plan that perfect summer picnic! And while picnics are supposed to be a relaxing excursion, they can end up feeling surprisingly stressful — especially if you don't have the essentials to throw together a picnic basket. To make the process a little smoother, we’re sharing our must-haves that make planning a picnic unbelievably easy.

Waterproof Picnic Blanket

This large outdoor picnic blanket is both waterproof and super easy to tote. With a handy carry strap, this roomy blanket can comfortably fit four people for an alfresco picnic. Keep this in the back of your car and you'll always be ready to stop and snack no matter where you go.

Sleek Lunch Box

These adorable reusable containers are like lunch boxes for grown-ups. This three-piece bento box set includes two-tiered freezer-proof and microwave-safe food compartments with lids and an elastic strap to hold them together when on the go.

Reusable Flatware

Ditch the disposable flatware that somehow ends up snapping in half for this stylish, reusable flatware set. Made from sturdy ABS plastic, each place setting has a fork, knife and spoon. The set is available in 10 hues, including white/blush and black/grey. We think it's a worthwhile investment for any alfresco entertainer.

Melamine Plates

Say goodbye to wasteful paper or styrofoam plates with these attractive alternatives. Made from durable melamine, these large plates are more sustainable than most and a great size for a generous lunch- or dinner-sized meal. Plus, we love that it looks like a standard paper plate but can be tossed in the dishwasher.

Stackable Wine Glasses

These colorful wine glasses would make a fun addition to any picnic. The classic-styled wine glass, made from unbreakable plastic, stacks up neatly for compact bar and buffet presentation or storage. The glasses are dishwasher safe, lightweight and easy to carry.

Insulated Wine Bag

This smart-looking portable wine tote is fashionable and functional. Perfect for any white wine or rosé devotees, the tote is padded and insulated, so your wine will stay cool for hours. This is a must-have picnic companion, but can also work for parties, pool days and football tailgates.

Casserole Bag

Perfect for transporting hot dishes, baked goods or anything else that needs to be kept upright, this tote allows you to easily bring along delicious homemade creations on your picnic or camping adventures. Simply slide your dish into the tote, grab the handles and head out.

Wooden Picnic Basket

Maybe you want something already stocked with essentials. With its chunky basketweave and sturdy leather handles, this classic wooden picnic basket transports edibles to picnics and outdoor concerts with lots of charm. Inside the fabric-lined interior, you'll find serving ware for four, including ceramic plates, wine glasses, cotton napkins and wood-handled flatware. Also tucked away are a waiter-style corkscrew and cutting board.

Watermelon Slicer

Everyone loves a refreshing slice of watermelon at an outdoor shindig, but cutting it up isn’t the easiest task for a busy host. If you haven’t already tried one of these slicers, now is the perfect time to get on board. Easily create equal slices in one movement instead of putting all that elbow grease into cutting up hard melons the old-fashioned way.

Cheeseboard

Made of durable hardwood, this swivel-style cheese and cutting board holds four cheese tools inside and features a 10-inch diameter for chopping and presenting. This ultra-portable set includes a hard cheese knife, cheese shaver, fork-tipped cheese knife and cheese spreader for fancy picnic presentations.

Portable Grill

No matter what size outdoor space you’re working with, you can absolutely pull off a complete summer BBQ. This tabletop grill is compact enough that it can squeeze in even the tightest spaces to help you quickly cook up some burgers or grilled veggies. Even if you’re a city dweller without outdoor space, you can tote it with you to the nearest park and fire it up.

Condiment Bottles

We know that condiments and dipping sauces are a must for picnics, and this adorable squeezer will help you present them in the cutest of ways. Transfer ketchup and mustard from generic bottles into these squeeze bottles and keep them on the table for easy access.

Rolling Cooler Bag

Roll up to the picnic with this roomy, wheeled portable cooler. A telescoping handle and wheels offer easy maneuverability, and the large, insulated main compartment can hold all your drinks and cold snacks. There’s even a deep side pocket for condiments, utensils and more.

Portable Tabletop Bar

This sleek, cherry-stained acacia box is actually a fully-equipped tabletop bar that’s perfect for any gathering. Featuring 19 bar accessories, you’ll have everything you need to entertain and serve the finest drinks.

Foldable Picnic Table

This spacious foldable table provides plenty of room for food, drinks and other picnic essentials. The foldable design means cleanup and storage are a breeze. Plus, you can choose from four different colors.

Collapsible Chair

Need to sit but also need some support? The low back and firm cushion of this adorable canvas chair will give you lots of support and keep you comfortable, so now you can use it anywhere.

Yard Dice Game

If most of your picnics are about maximum family fun, you'll love this giant wooden yard dice game. This game set includes oversized wooden dice and a zip-up carrying case. Play Yard Yahtzee (or “Yardzee”), Twenty-One, Pig, Snake Eyes and more.

Picnic Wagon

If you're ready to up your picnic game this summer, it might be time for a picnic wagon. This sturdy, four-wheel wagon is meant to go with you and your family anywhere — the beach, the park or even camping. It's big enough to use for all of your picnic supplies and any other extra gear you might need. When not in use, you can fold up the wagon for easy storage.

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