Whether it’s an impromptu affair or a more elaborate gathering, a picnic at the park or beach with your family leads to a good time. Snacks, drinks and good weather are really all you need, but seasoned picnic-planners know all the best tricks for taking their outdoor dining to the next level. Here’s a guide to all the gadgets, games and accessories you need for the best family picnic ever.
Picnic Anywhere, AnytimeLaguna Beach Picnic & Outdoor Blanket
One of the most crucial things you need for a picnic is the perfect blanket, like this gingham gem from Laguna Beach. It’s ideal for picnics at the beach, in the park or even in your own backyard — the possibilities are endless!
A Full-Service SetupScuddles Premium Extra-Large Picnic Basket for Four
If you keep putting off a picnic because it’s too much trouble to get organized, you need this ingenious cooler from Scuddles. It comes with all the necessities, so you can relax and focus on having fun with friends and family.
Pump Up the VolumeZosam Portable Bluetooth Speaker
No picnic is complete without music, and this portable Bluetooth speaker from Zosam delivers crystal-clear sound no matter where you are. It’s small enough to toss in a bag or backpack on a moment’s notice but powerful enough to keep everyone grooving for hours.
Relax in StyleONIVA Portable Chair
Picnics are a great way to enjoy a beautiful day with family, but sitting on the hard ground for a long time can get uncomfortable. Next time, pack the cleverly designed ONIVA portable camping chair, and everyone else will soon wish they were as smart as you.
Keep CoolIgloo Portable 16-Quart Cooler
Whether you’re picnicking at the park or the beach, an insulated cooler is an absolute must. This 16-quart style from Igloo is designed to do a lot more than just hold soda and sandwiches. The lid has two built-in cup holders and a media slot to hold phones, tablets and more.
Be a HeroAnker PowerCore Multiport USB Charger
It’s a modern-day horror scenario: You and your family are enjoying an epic picnic when everyone suddenly realizes their phones are running low on power. But not you, of course, because you remembered to pack the portable Anker PowerCore charger, which has enough ports for everyone to plug in and charge up.
No More BugsCollapsible Mesh 16” Food Tents
You spent all morning making a few side dishes for your big family picnic, but after an hour or two, you’ve lost your appetite because of the flies. Next time, don’t forget to take these portable mesh tents for a quick and easy way to protect your food from ants, bees and other unwelcome guests.
Picnic for TwoPicnic at Ascot Original Insulated Wine and Cheese Bag
There’s nothing more romantic than a leisurely picnic in the park with someone you love, and the Picnic at Ascot insulated cooler offers the perfect solution for packing wine and cheese. The messenger-style design makes it easy to carry without feeling bulky, and it comes in a variety of colors and patterns so you can picnic in style.
Ditch the PlasticBiodegradable Paper Straws
Straws are something you probably don’t think about most of the time, but the little tubes of plastic are a big environmental problem because of how long they take to break down — about 500 years! Do your part to help by breaking out these colorful, biodegradable paper straws at your next picnic. You can still sip in style with no environmental fallout.
It’s Smoothie TimePortable Smoothie USB-Powered Blender
Take your picnic game to the next level with the portable smoothie blender from Kurso that will have you whipping up custom drinks in just seconds. The powerful motor can handle icy and frozen drinks in a flash, and the whole unit weighs less than a pound, so you can take it just about anywhere.
Stylish and PracticalInsulated Expandable Double Casserole Carrying Case
Sure, most people think of cold food and coolers when it comes to picnics, but with this insulated double casserole case, you could totally reinvent the picnic wheel. Potato au gratin instead of potato salad? Sauteed spinach casserole instead of a salad? If you can bake it, you can take it!
Bugs Be GoneBug Soother Natural Essential Oil Spray Repellent
Nothing kills the vibe of a picnic faster than bugs, so the next time you head into the great outdoors throw some Bug Soother all-natural bug repellent in your purse. It’s the safest and easiest way to protect your family from mosquitoes, fleas and other unwanted pests during your al fresco adventure.
No Kitchen? No ProblemCrock-Pot Portable Food Warmer
The Crock-Pot portable food warmer is another one of those game-changing picnic items that will leave you wondering how you ever survived without it. You can put chili, spinach-artichoke dip, rice and more on the (picnic) table when you pack this rechargeable cooker that is also easy to clean.
Made in the ShadeBeachbub All-in-One Beach Umbrella System
Protect yourself and your family at your next beach picnic with the Beachbub all-in-one beach umbrella system. Designed to shield you from the sun and harmful UV rays while never blocking fresh air and good company, the umbrella features a unique anchor system that is endorsed by the American LifeGuard Association.
Good GameElite Outdoor Games Ring Toss
Every family picnic needs a fun, low-impact lawn game, and this ring toss set from Elite Outdoor Games fits the bill perfectly. It takes just minutes to set up and delivers hours of entertainment for both kids and adults. Ideal for team play, the game gives you the perfect opportunity to pit siblings against parents, girls against boys or any other challenging combination.
Start SlappingTaco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza
Card games are a great answer to the inevitable "What we do now?" question. The game known as Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza is easy to play and loads of fun for everyone. The result of a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, the game takes about 10 to 30 minutes to play through and is too much fun to stop after one round.
B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bowl)Komax Biokips Mixing Bowl Set
Planning a picnic often results in a mad dash to find containers for storing and transporting food. The Komax Biokips mixing bowl set features locking lids that are ideal for packing picnic foods. Make sure the lids are secure before packing the containers in the car or picnic basket, and you won’t have to worry about any messy cleanup.
A Picnic MustSunnydaze Outdoor Drink Holder Stakes
It happens every time — that full glass of wine you only put down for a second got knocked over onto the blanket. If you’re not sitting at a table, managing drinks at a picnic is a challenge, but the ingenious Sunnydaze drink holder stakes offer a solution to the problem. They keep your drinks safe from accidental spills (not to mention bugs) with an elevated cup holder design that’s as stylish as it is practical.
Open UpTikit Bottle Opener
Is there a worse feeling than pulling out your favorite bottled beverage at a picnic, only to realize you forgot to pack a bottle opener? Never be caught off guard again when you add the sleek Tikit bottle opener to your picnic supplies. The opener makes short work of pesky caps standing between you and an ice cold beer.
Bubblin’ Over1byone Automatic Bubble Machine
Bubbles at a picnic? Why not! Even if it’s just in your own backyard, picnics feel a world away from the stress of everyday life. Eating snacks on a blanket while the 1byone portable bubble machine gently covers you in a shower of bubbles is sure to make the experience even better.
Stay ClassySimple Modern Insulated Tumbler with Lid
Next time you’re at a picnic, ditch the plastic cups and whip out a set of insulated tumblers from Simple Modern. They come in a variety of stylish colors and patterns, and the slim design makes it easy to pack them in a bag or tote. The flared bottom helps keep the tumbler stable on any flat surface.
A Handy HelperSilicone Cutting Board
Even if you try to make everything ahead of time, there’s often something that needs to be cut or chopped at a picnic. These lightweight, portable silicone cutting boards are easy to take along to handle last minute cutting, dicing and slicing. Give fizzy drinks a fresh garnish, chop herbs for a salad or just use it as an extra cheese board.
Making MemoriesPolaroid Mint Instant Print Digital Camera
This digital camera from Polaroid has a secret — it’s also a printer! Document your picnic in real-time with the Polaroid Mint, which uses an innovative design to print glossy color photos seconds after you take them — without needing expensive ink or toner cartridges. It’s a fun addition to any picnic as well as a perfect gift for teens who are starting to take an interest in photography.
Always Be PreparedInsulated Wine Carrier Tote
This slim and stylish insulated wine tote is perfect for carrying your favorite wines to picnics when you don’t want to carry a larger wine and cheese cheese tote. The durable poly exterior protects an insulated interior that holds up to two bottles of wine and keeps them chilled for hours.
Keep Everything in PlaceT-Antrix Tablecloth Clips
It’s a gorgeous day for a picnic, but the wind just won’t let up, and it’s turning your picnic table into a mess. T-Antrix stainless steel tablecloth clips can secure your tablecloth or other covering to the table in seconds to make sure the party never stops.
For Your Furry FriendsPetBonus 4-Pack Collapsible Dog Bowls
Your dog goes everywhere you do, so it’s only natural that your canine buddy would join you on a family picnic — good luck trying to make sure he doesn’t eat everything in sight! Be sure to pack PetBonus collapsible pet food bowls for your dog’s food and water.
Leave No TraceCoghlan’s Pop-Up Trash Can
With food being one of the best parts of the day, picnics can generate a lot of trash. Of course, most parks and picnic spots have trash cans, but they might not always be nearby. This pop-up trash can from Coghlan folds flat for easy storage but holds a 30-gallon trash bag with ease when open. After all, you want to leave your picnic area just as you found it.
Take the Kitchen with YouTrekology Portable Aluminum Table
With a lightweight design that makes it easy to carry, the Trekology portable camping table is perfect for picnics. It requires zero tools for setup. Just pop out the aluminum frame, set the table in place and you’re done! Play games on the table, or use it to hold food and drinks — you’ll wonder how you ever picnicked without it!
Stay OrganizedMindspace Mesh Utensil Holder
Tired of digging in the picnic bag every time someone needs a fork or spoon? Keep all your cutlery and napkins organized and easily accessible in the Mindspace portable mesh utensil caddy. The sturdy unit won’t slip or blow over in the breeze.