There are so many things I love about spring. The sunshine, walks outside, fruity treats, and of course, picnics.
Beyond finding a picnic partner, a place to sit and some snacks, there isn’t much structure needed to create the perfect picnic. But there are certainly things you can add to your picnic checklist that will make it even more enjoyable!
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You can check out some of my favorite picnic essentials below!
Picnic Essentials Basics
Here are a few must-haves you’ll want at your next springtime picnic.
First (and perhaps, most important), a picnic blanket!
I was immediately drawn to this Picnic Time blanket tote because it’s super easy to take to and from your picnic spot. One side is fleece and the other is a water-resistant fabric to keep you dry.
Then there’s a picnic basket to hold all of your food.
I love the classic look of this wicker picnic basket and I appreciate the removable internal lining that’s easy to wash!
But of course, if you have perishable foods or items served better cold, trust in a hard cooler that can be filled with ice or ice packs.
Take a look at this Coleman hard-side cooler I found!
We recently added this Sprigs fringe tote to the Just Jill Shop.
I think it’s great for holding other personal picnic essentials like a water bottle, sunglasses and more.
Would you rather sit in a chair instead of on the ground?
This compact tripod chair is neat and super easy to tote along to your picnic.
“Go green” while saving money with this portable utensil set.
Each set includes a spoon, a fork and a knife in a compact container that you can throw in your picnic basket or in a bag.
Extra Picnic Essentials
Now that you’re covered with the basics, here are a few more picnic essentials you can take to the park!
This YETI Rambler is designed to keep your cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot… for hours!
I have one of my own and while it’s on the pricier side, it will hold up for years.
And if you’re a fan of wine, check out this wine tumbler.
It even has a nice sipping lid to help you avoid spills!
While we’re on the subject of wine, don’t forget a wine opener!
Yes, a lot of bottles are twist-off, but the last thing you want is to bring a bottle to the park without a way to open it!
It’s also a good idea to have a wine cooler around. Especially if you plan to soak up the sun for a few hours!
Don’t let the bright sun be a distraction! Instead, keep cool and keep the sun out of your eyes with this adorable Sprigs summer hat.
It comes in four color options!
And while we’re talking about sun protection, don’t forget to wear your sunscreen!
I always turn to this PEAK 10 Sun JOY sunscreen because it’s formulated with clean ingredients and it doesn’t feel greasy.
I’ve always loved Stasher bags. They keep my food fresh and they’re easy to clean when you’re finished!
I also recently found these to-go condiment holders that can be used for dips, toppings and more.
Next time you’re planning a picnic, I hope you’ll be able to use this list to help you make it a great one!
From my home to yours,