Save on Pinterest

25 Things to Pack for Every Picnic

In addition to great food and a fabulous spot, you'll want a few other items to guarantee picnicking success. Don't forget to pack these essential things to bring to a picnic.

Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links.

1 / 25
GCI Wilderness Reclinervia llbean.com

Portable Chairs

If you want to plan the perfect picnic, first thing’s first: Bring something comfortable to sit on! We love this folding chair because it reclines and has a built-in pillow.

Why it made our list: A built-in beverage holder keeps your cold one close by.

Shop Now

2 / 25
ROLL-UP BLANKETvia pendleton-usa.com

Luxury Picnic Blanket

If sitting on the ground is more your style, do it right with a luxury picnic blanket. It’s comfortable and practical, made with a durable nylon backing.

Why it made our list: The roll-up design makes this blanket easy to carry.

Shop Now

3 / 25
54-Quart Steel Belted Coolervia amazon.com

54-Quart Steel Belted Cooler

Keep your picnic food safe and cold with a high-capacity, heavy-duty cooler. You can fit up to 85 cans in this bad boy, and it’s rated to keep ice frozen for four days in temperatures as high as 90°F!

Why it made our list: We love the retro-inspired design!

Shop Now

4 / 25
Backpack coolervia amazon.com

Insulated Backpack

You don’t need a cooler to have a great picnic! Picnic with hands-free convenience by packing everything into this insulated backpack.

Why it made our list: It has plenty of pockets to store your plates and flatware, too.

Shop Now

5 / 25
Plastic Beverage Tubvia wayfair.com

Plastic Beverage Tub

This beverage tub will come in handy for large picnics, family gatherings or backyard barbecues. It’s large enough to hold drinks for a crowd, and the handles make the lightweight plastic easy to carry.

Why it made our list: The bright blue color will add a pop of cheer to your picnic.

Shop Now

6 / 25
Traveling Slow Cookervia amazon.com

Traveling Slow Cooker

OK, this is pretty cool: a slow cooker that looks and travels like a cooler? The lid even seals when the handle is in place! Talk about a great opportunity to whip up one of our most-shared slow-cooker recipes and take it on the road.

Why it made our list: Even though it has nearly 400 reviews, this cooker has a nearly perfect rating.

Shop Now

7 / 25
All-Clad Stainless Steel Covered Lasagna Panvia bedbathandbeyond.com

Lidded Lasagna Pan

You can use a regular ol’ casserole dish, or you can picnic in style with this lidded pan. It’ll be perfect for making one of Grandma’s favorite casseroles.

Why it made our list: You’ll use this beauty to keep dishes warm on your holiday table, too.

Shop Now

8 / 25
Oniva® by Anthology Potluck Casserole Totevia macys.com

Casserole Carrier

Don’t get caught serving a cold casserole at your next picnic! This carrier not only protects its contents from the elements, but it also keeps your dish warm for longer.

Why it made our list: A built-in window slot makes it easy to identify your dish or list out any allergens.

Shop Now

9 / 25
Kate Spade New York Serve and Store Bowlsvia amazon.com

Kate Spade New York Serve and Store Bowls

Forget use-and-toss plastic ware: Serve your food in these patterned all-in-one bowls instead. They double as a storage container; just lid ’em up and they won’t spill in the car. When you’re ready to serve, pop off the lids and place them directly on the table.

Why it made our list: The quirky pattern is simple yet chic.

Shop Now

10 / 25
Insulated Stainless Steel Stemless Cupvia amazon.com

Insulated Stainless Steel Stemless Cup

There’s so much to love about these insulated cups! They’ll keep your drinks cold for up to nine hours, or hot for as long as three. They’re designed for wine but, since they have a lid, you can use them for the kiddo’s drinks, too.

Why it made our list: They come in SO many fun colors.

Shop Now

11 / 25
Cocktail Tumblersvia kohls.com

Cocktail Tumblers

These are our favorite cups for enjoying mocktails and cocktails in the great outdoors. They’re stylish and sleek, and their large capacity makes them functional for a variety of beverages.

Why it made our list: Pick up a set of four instead of choosing disposable plastic.

Shop Now

12 / 25
Z WRAPS FARMER’S MARKET REUSABLE BEESWAX WRAPvia surlatable.com

Reusable Sandwich Wraps

Skip the single-use plastic bags and stash your sandwiches in Z wraps, instead. This sustainable option is made from beeswax and can hold anything from fresh fruit to a loaf of bread.

Why it made our list: We love the cute pattern, too!

Shop Now

13 / 25
Paper Hot Dog Traysvia michaels.com

Paper Hot Dog Trays

For a quick and easy way to serve up picnic food, look to these nostalgically designed hot dog trays. They’ll remind you of being at a ball game no matter where you are!

Why it made our list: They cost less than $3!

Shop Now

14 / 25
4pc Heavy-Duty Multi-Colored Outdoor Drink Holders - Sunnydaze Decorvia target.com

Outdoor Drink Holders

Some of my favorite lawn chairs don’t have a drink holder, so these stakes always come in handy! Set them up next to your chair, the grill or to hold your drink while you’re playing your favorite outdoor games.

Why it made our list: The bright color scheme is perfect for outdoor parties.

Shop Now

15 / 25
Blue paper straws with starsvia shopsweetsandtreats.com

Pinstripe Paper Straws

Skip the plastic this year and use paper straws instead! In addition to the navy blue star pattern, they also have red- and yellow-stripped straws.

Why it made our list: Each pack is biodegradable.

Shop Now

16 / 25
bambu Veneerware Organic Bamboo Sporks, 24-Packvia amazon.com

Bamboo Sporks

We absolutely love this bamboo alternative to taking our heavy cutlery on a picnic. It’s lightweight but durable, so it won’t snap under pressure like plastic forks. Plus, it happens to be totally adorable, too!

Why it made our list: The mini size is perfect for little hands.

Shop Now

17 / 25
Galvanized Flatware Caddyvia crateandbarrel.com

Galvanized Flatware Caddy

If you’re packing a picnic for a crowd, you’ll want a caddy to organize your flatware and napkins. The large slots make it easy to fit additional items like homemade condiments or salt and pepper shakers, too!

Why it made our list: The galvanized iron caddy will last for years.

Shop Now

18 / 25
Bluetooth Speakervia amazon.com

Bluetooth Speaker

A picnic’s not a picnic without some good tunes! This Bluetooth speaker can connect to two smartphones or tablets, and it packs an impressive amount of sound for its small size.

Why it made our list: You’ll get up to 12 hours of playtime out of a single charge.

Shop Now

19 / 25
Mr. Bar-B-Q Bug Zappervia kohls.com

Handheld Bug Zapper

Out-of-control bugs can quickly ruin a perfect picnic. Skip the chemical sprays and kill bugs on contact with this fancied-up version of a bug swatter.

Why it made our list: These zappers are as fun to use as they are effective.

Shop Now

20 / 25
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreenvia amazon.com

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

While we have some great homemade options for sunburn relief, I think we can all agree we’d rather not get there in the first place! This mineral-based sunscreen uses zinc oxide to protect your body from the sun’s powerful UV rays.

Why it made our list: It’s dermatologist recommended.

Shop Now

21 / 25
O2 Cool Reverse Trigger Misting Fanvia amazon.com

Misting Fan

Cool down with a battery-powered misting fan. Just add ice water and enjoy up to 1,000 mist sprays.

Why it made our list: You can take this handy gadget anywhere.

Shop Now

22 / 25
Red Stripe Paper Table Runnervia crateandbarrel.com

Paper Table Runner

If you don’t feel like dragging out the linen tablecloth, fancy up your picnic table with this paper table runner. The bold red and white stripes are perfect for summer!

Why it made our list: It’s reminiscent of Old Glory!

Shop Now

23 / 25
Picnic Tablecloth Weightsvia amazon.com

Picnic Tablecloth Weights

No one wants the tablecloth to blow away in the middle of the picnic! Weigh it down with these adorable, little Red Solo Cup weights.

Why it made our list: They’ll get the conversation started, that’s for sure!

Shop Now

24 / 25
Americana Bamboo Torchvia amazon.com

Americana Bamboo Torch

Light up your picnic area with festive bamboo torches. If you fill them up with Bitefighter Torch Fuel, they’ll also keep the mosquitoes away!

Why it made our list: We love the star-spangled design.

Shop Now

25 / 25
American Flag Sunglassesvia amazon.com

American Flag Sunglasses

These plastic sunglasses are the perfect way to protect your eyes in patriotic style. They’re UVA and UVB rated, and they have that classic look that never gets old.

Why it made our list: Priced at under $9, you can buy a pair for everyone in the fam.

Shop Now

Popular Videos