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Everything you need for a picnic this summer 2020

A safe way to spend time with others this summer is by having picnics at a park, beach, lake, or your own backyard. Having outdoor meals with friends, family, or a loved one is fun and responsible but does require some preparation, especially if you’re the one hosting. You’re going to want your basic picnic basket and picnic blanket but you’ll also need everything to be compact, portable, and durable so you can use it for any other day-cation. The right packing equipment will make your outing a success.

For the ultimate picnic experience, we’ve gathered all your picnic essentials and some other cool summer gear to take on all your next outdoor adventures. You should hurry though because picnic items are the hottest products right now as more people are trying to take advantage of the summer weather.

At A Glance:

  • Picnic Blanket:  VonShef Picnic Blanket
  • Picnic Basket with Insulation:  Zormy Picnic Basket Set
  • Picnic Basket for Two: Picnic Time Insulated Wine Basket
  • Picnic Basket for 4: Nature Gear Picnic Basket
  • Small Picnic Table – Wine and Glass Holder Table
  • Bottle Opener
  • Napking, paper towels, towels, rags
  • Sunscreen
  • Trashbag
  • Thermos
  • Cooler
  • Tray –
  • Large Tote Bag –

Picnic Blanket

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Whether you’re going to a beach or park, this blanket can withstand sand or dirt. The red plaid traditional picnic blankets are great but if you’re looking for something more sophisticated and chic, this rustic styled blanket is waterproof and comes with a detachable carrier for easy carrying.

Picnic Basket with Insulation

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This ultimate picnic basket comes with an insulated compartment so you can keep your food hot or cold. You don’t want your cheeses to go bad with the summer heat. This picnic basket is great to take if you’re planning a romantic day out because it comes with dinnerware for two. It includes plates, mugs, napkins, utensils, a corkscrew, and salt and pepper shakers. All you’ll need to do is pack the food and be on your way.

Picnic Basket for Two

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Picnics are a great idea for birthdays, anniversaries, and other fun celebrations. If you’re planning a romantic picnic brunch or dinner for two this is the perfect basket. This basket comes with wine glasses, cotton napkins, a corkscrew, a bottle stopper, a cutting board, and a cheese knife. It’s compact so it’s easier to carry around too.

Picnic Basket for Four

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If you’re looking for a larger picnic basket this one is perfect for up to four people. A family size picnic basket is great to have when you’re going to enjoy some time outdoors with other people. It includes 4 ceramic plates, 4 sets of silverware, 4 wine glasses, 4 matching napkins, and a bottle opener.

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