Summer picnics are always fun. Whether you’re enjoying a get together with your gal pals or having date night, here are some of my favorite picnic essentials.
Find Your Picnic Basket
If you’ve been picnicking without a picnic basket, you’re doing it all wrong. Picnic baskets are cute, but they’re also highly functional and exist for a reason. Most baskets include utensils, plates, and cups for you to keep in one convenient spot, along with space for storage.
PRO TIP: Buy a corkscrew bottle opener for glass sodas, wine, and beer, and leave it in your basket.
Other Picnic Essentials
Nobody wants to sit on itchy grass, especially when it’s hot outside. Come equipped with a picnic or beach blanket; they are larger than standard towels so fit multiple people comfortably.
Here are a few fun picnic blanket options:
Clear Containers with Lids
I prefer actual containers over baggies for a picnic. Containers prevent anything from getting smushed, and it’s a lot easier to eat out of a container than sticking hands into multiple bags.
These clear containers from Amazon allow you to easily see what’s inside, and they’re modular for easy stacking.
Cheese Board with Knives
I’m always a sucker for items with smart design. If you’re packing cheese and charcuterie for your picnic (you should be!), then consider this board. It has a slide out drawer to house cheese knives, plus a groove around the rim to serve nuts, olives, crackers, etc.
Portable Wine Chiller
Keep any wine or bottle chilled for hours with a portable wine chiller.
- Shop my wine chiller on Amazon
- Shop on Nordstrom
Enjoy a little friendly competition with an outdoor game or two while you picnic. Sure, outdoor games are fun to pass time, but they’re also great icebreaker activities if you’re having a picnic with a group of friends that may not all know each other.
My pick: this adorable bocce ball set from Target. I bought this for my parents last year and liked it so much, I ended up purchasing for myself this year!