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.
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Why it made our list: A built-in beverage holder keeps your cold one close by.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Why it made our list: You’ll use this beauty to keep dishes warm on your holiday table, too.
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.
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.
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.
Why it made our list: Pick up a set of four instead of choosing disposable plastic.
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!
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!
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.
Why it made our list: Each pack is biodegradable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Why it made our list: We love the star-spangled design.