15 Cool Picnic Essentials Slideshow

Slide Image
Kid-friendly backpack
Headline
1. Picnic Backpacks
Description

Step aside fully stocked hampers of yesteryear and say hello to the picnic set of today: picnic backpacks. This stocked bag carries all the essentials for a picnic for four. Have younger kids who want to help out like the big kids? Give them their own backpack (left) equipped with kid-sized plates and utensils for three. Taking a picnic lunch on a hike has never been so easy.

Credit

Picnic Fun

Slide Image
Grill tote
Headline
2. Portable Grill
Description

Picnicking in the park with friends? There is no need to use that dingy park grill or scratch the hot dogs and burgers from the menu if you’re equipped with this tote. It combines a grill, cooler, and grilling tools all in one — it’s perfect for tailgating, too.

Credit

Picnic Fun

Slide Image
Silicone bowls
Headline
3. Squishy Bowls
Description

When packing for a picnic, shatter-resistant, compact bowls are the best thing to have. These silicone squishy bowls are great for serving cocktail nuts, salsas, even a side salad for two at your next outdoor outing. (You can also use them to eat your morning oatmeal or cereal when camping.)

Credit

Guyot Designs

Slide Image
Wineglass
Headline
4. Nesting Wine Goblets
Description

Just because you’re picnicking doesn’t mean you can’t do it with style. Whether you’re hiking with a bottle of wine for a romantic sunset meal, or bringing bubbly into the park for an afternoon picnic shower with friends, leave the plastic glasses at home and instead grab some of these nesting wine goblets. (You might want some of these, too.)

Credit

GSI Outdoors

Slide Image
Utensils
Headline
5. Reusable (and Stylish) Utensils
Description

Forget the spork. If you’re a serious picnicker, check out this Acacia wood utensil set. Made of renewable materials, this reusable kit comes with its own carrying case and has one of our editors excited for the first picnic of the season. It's perfect to use when sharing a picnic for two

Credit

Merchant no. 4

Slide Image
Basket
Headline
6. Pie Basket
Description

No meal is complete without dessert, so why not bake two pies (or brownie puddings) and bring them along on your next outdoor adventure in this classic woven pie basket? A little stand inside ensures that the contents are safe, and a handy cover prevents hungry fingers from making their way inside before dinner. 

Credit

Peterboro Baskets

Slide Image
Wine picnic set
Headline
7. Wine Bottle Picnic Set
Description

Eager to picnic this summer, but don’t want to spend the afternoon preparing dishes to pack in a basket or cooler? Going on a picnic doesn’t have to involve an elaborate meal. With this stocked wine bottle picnic kit, all you need is a bottle of your favorite wine and maybe a baguette, some grapes, and a hunk of cheese for an easily portable snack (don't forget the knife, of course). It also makes a great Father’s Day gift for the wine-loving dad.

Credit

Picnic Fun

Slide Image
Wine glass holders
Headline
8. Wine Glass Holders
Description

If you like to picnic in style (with a glass of wine) like we do, you have probably already knocked over your fair share of glasses in the grass (or worse, in the sand). Solve the problem with a set or two of these stemware holders that are easy to stick in the ground. We’ll definitely be bringing these along on our annual beach cookout.

Credit

Crate and Barrel

Slide Image
Tiffen box
Headline
9. Picnic Without A Basket
Description

Packing leftovers for lunch in the park with co-workers? There is no need for a picnic basket or tote if you have this handy travel pack. Three layers of storage offer multiple compartments, perfect for chips and salsa as a snack, a refreshing watermelon salad, and cheesy quesadillas. All you need is a blanket and a fork.

Credit

Target

Slide Image
Basket
Headline
10. Collapsible Basket
Description

The next time you're picknicking, leave the wicker hamper at home. This insulated collapsible basket with zip cover (or it's non-insulated cousin) is the modern-day solution to the baskets of our parents' generation. It’s durable and washable, in the event that something does spill. Plus, it’s great to bring along on all your trips to the farmers’ market.

Credit

Reisenthel

Slide Image
Bento boxes
Headline
11. Sushi on a Picnic
Description

This purse-sized bento box (left) is perfect for carrying a couple of sushi rolls (and a separate container for soy sauce) along on your next picnic. Or, if you’d rather tote that gazpacho (without spilling it, of course), this stacking lunch pot will let you have your soup and pasta salad (or fruit crisp), too.

Credit

Black + Blum

Slide Image
Table
Headline
12. Picnic Table (in a Bag)
Description

Whether you’re in the park or at the beach, having a picnic doesn’t mean you have to eat off the ground. This durable wooden table fits into a bag the size of a rolled-up yoga mat and assembles in minutes. It's perfect to use as the picnic buffet table or bar.

Credit

Crate and Barrel

Slide Image
Collapsible salad bowl
Headline
13. Collapsible Bowl
Description

We look forward to serving lots of green salads all summer long, but going on a picnic doesn’t mean you have to leave them at home thanks to this collapsible salad bowl. Don’t want to let bugs get into the greens while setting up and serving? Customize your own salad bowl cover with this easy how-to.

Credit

The Pampered Chef

Slide Image
Dip set
Headline
14. Portable Dip Tray
Description

If can’t live without your potato chips with crack dip when enjoying your beer, or love snacking on vegetable crudités with ranch dip, you’ll find this portable dip tray (complete with a built-in ice pack in the top) indispensible on all your summer picnic adventures.

Credit

Bed Bath & Beyond

Slide Image
Candela
Headline
15. Faux Candles
Description

A picnic in the evening wouldn’t be complete without candlelight. But during the summer, the use of real candles and lanterns is often forbidden when the fire risk is high. That’s why we love these rechargeable candle-like lights that give off a subtle orange glow and subtly flicker like a real-life candle flame.

Credit

Oxo