The 10 best picnic gadgets for 2019

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.

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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

Anouk bamboo plates on white background

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. 

Buy from Printer+Tailor (£5.50)

Packit wine coolbag on white background

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. 

Buy from Lakeland (£16.99)

Sunny Life colourful picnic blanket on white background

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. 

Buy from Sunnylife (£55)

Kitchen Craft carry and bake brownie tray on white background

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. 

Buy from Amazon (£15.96)

Ekobo bambino cups

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. 

Buy from Unique & Unity (£21)

Lakeland coolbag on white background

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. 

Buy from Lakeland (£29.99)

Paperchase snack pots on white background

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. 

Buy from Paperchase (£8)

Zuperzozial picnic cutlery on white background

8. Zuperzozial Take-3 cutlery set, £6.95, Formahouse

Useful for camping and packed lunches as well as picnics, this reusable cutlery set is made from sustainable bamboo and corn. 

Buy from Forma House (£6.95)

Von Shef picnic basket

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. 

Buy from VonShef (£44.99)

Toolbox barbecue on white background

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.

Buy from I Want One Of Those (£69.99)

Picnic recipes and tips... 

How to pack the perfect picnic
Our best picnic recipes
Vegetarian picnic inspiration
Family-friendly picnic recipes

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