Don't leave home without these must-haves.

By Madeline Diamond
Updated March 24, 2021
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Summer is upon us, and that means most of us will be enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. Whether you head to a local park or simply camp out in your backyard, picnics are a great way to enjoy the season alongside food, music, and good company.

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From a durable tote bag and insulated cooler (cold drinks are another must) to a portable speaker and your favorite snacks, we've rounded up everything you need for a day of lounging in the sun or shade.

Keep reading for our favorite picnic essentials.

A Durable Carry-all: L.L.Bean Boat and Tote

Canvas tote with black straps
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This classic canvas tote is lightweight yet sturdy, and perfect for holding all your picnic essentials, from blankets to books. It's available at L.L.Bean in four sizes and in open and zippered top versions.

To buy: llbean.com, $30

A Comfortable Blanket: Kate Spade Plaid Picnic Blanket

must-colored plaid picnic blanket
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No picnic is complete without a comfy blanket that has plenty of room for lounging. This plaid option from Kate Spade is portable and great for outdoor use, thanks to its water-resistant bottom. Plus, it rolls up and can be secured with an elastic loop.

To buy: wayfair.com, $43

An Insulated Cooler: Hydro Flask Unbound Series 24L Soft Cooler Tote

Black insulated cooler bag
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To store all your food and drinks, you can rely on this cooler tote from Hydro Flask. It's lightweight, waterproof, and will keep items cold for up to 48 hours.

Sunscreen: Supergoop! Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50

Supergoop sunscreen tube
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If you plan to spend all day outside, you'll need some reliable sunscreen that's comfortable to wear, but still protects you from UVA, UVB, and IRA rays.

To buy: sephora.com, from $22

Portable Beverage Tumblers: Hydro Flask 10-ounce Wine Tumbler

Light purple insulated tumbler cup
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Whatever you're drinking, an insulated tumbler with a lid makes taking beverages on the go much easier. Plus, this version from Hydro Flask comes in a wide variety of colors, so you and your friends can grab your favorites and cheers to enjoying some time outside.

To buy: dickssportinggoods.com, from $23

Your Favorite Snacks: Mouth 'Picnic in a Box'

Various snacks
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From meats and cheeses to fresh fruits and veggies, your favorite snacks are an absolute picnic necessity. If you don't want to put together a spread yourself, you can always turn to Mouth and order a beautifully curated picnic in a box.

To buy: mouth.com, $103

Reusable Utensils: Joseph Joseph Stainless Steel Compact Cutlery Set

Green and stainless steel reusable cutlery
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For all your non-finger foods, bring along some reusable utensils (and a handy carrying case), like this cutlery set, available at Target.

To buy: target.com, amazon.com, $18

A Speaker for Your Perfect Playlist: Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker

Orange portable speaker
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A picnic is always more enjoyable when it's accompanied by a stellar playlist. This portable speaker from Bose is durable and waterproof, making it perfect for bringing along on outdoor adventures.

To buy: target.com, amazon.com, from $99

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