From baskets to rugs, we've found the very best kit for picnic lovers. Read our top 10 list of accessories, including coolbags, plates and storage solutions. We also have picnic food ideas and recipe inspiration.
All products were chosen independently by our editorial team. This review contains affiliate links and we may receive a commission for purchases made. Please read our affiliates FAQ page to find out more and read about how we write BBC Good Food reviews.
Picnics take some organising, from making easy food choices to finding equipment that's going to make your gathering a walk in the park (pun intended). A sturdy picnic basket or hamper is the bedrock of a stress-free picnic experience.
From there, you can accessorise with eco-friendly reusable plates and cutlery, clever contraptions for keeping food cool, and the all-important picnic blanket. We've rounded up 10 essentials for picnic success. For more recipes and tips, see our picnic section.
1. Klevering Anouk bamboo plates, £5.50 each, Printer+Tailor
These pretty reusable plates are made from bamboo, so they're a robust but lightweight option for easy carrying. You'll make the money back in savings on disposable plates, plus reusable crockery is an eco-friendly option.
2. Packit freezable wine cool bag, £16.99, Lakeland
This keeps your bottle chilled all day – just flatten and put in the freezer overnight, then stick your wine in it in the morning. It also comes with a useful strap for slinging it over your shoulder.
3. Islabomba picnic blanket, £55, Sunnylife
This cheerful blanket folds up into its own tote bag, so there's no need to carry it messily under your arm or shove it in a carrier bag.
4. KitchenCraft non-stick 2-in-1 brownie tin/cake carrier, £15.96, Amazon
Forever making cakes for occasions only to be flummoxed by how to transport them? This super-practical tray allows you to bake, store and carry savoury tarts, bread, brownies and traybakes in one smooth process – perfect for picnics.
5. Ekobo Bambino cups, £21 (set of four), Unique & Unity
Kids will love these durable cups made from recycled bamboo fibre. They’re lightweight, robust and stackable, making them idea for picnics and festivals.
6. 20-litre insulated cool bag, £29.99, Lakeland
This large foldaway bag ticks all the boxes. It keeps food cool over several hours, is lightweight – especially when compared to traditional hard plastic cool boxes – and folds up neatly for storage.
7. Drop beets snack boxes, £8, Paperchase
We love these cute veg-themed boxes – perfect for crudités, fruit, nuts or snacks for kids. They also neatly nest for storage.
8. Zuperzozial Take-3 cutlery set, £6.95, Formahouse
9. 4-person herringbone picnic hamper, £44.99, VonShef
This reasonably priced picnic hamper includes a blanket and lots of extras, including plates and cutlery, saving you the bother of buying individual accessories.
10. BBQ toolbox, £69.99, I Want One Of Those
If you're heading to your picnic by car, this portable barbecue is an ideal altenative to disposable versions that you can only use once. Read our full review of portable barbecues.
Picnic recipes and tips...
This review was last updated in June 2019. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at email@example.com