Take dining al fresco to the next level

By Katie Macdonald / Foodandwine.com and Madeline Diamond
Updated June 29, 2020
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This story originally appeared on Foodandwine.com.

Whether you’re planning an afternoon in the park or an all-day beach hang, packing some sustenance is key. But we’ve tried stuffing a blanket, snacks, plates, and a bottle (or two) of wine into whatever tote bag we have lying around, and (spoiler) it’s not pretty.

No, you need something a little sturdier. From traditional baskets complete with entire dining sets to collapsible coolers and cutting-edge wagons ready to wheel in feasts, we’ve picked seven helpful hampers that’ll make your summer adventures a breeze.

Twine Seaside Wicker Picnic Basket Set

Courtesy of Wayfair

If you want to picnic in style, opt for this fully-loaded set — it includes wine glasses, plates, flatware, a bottle opener, napkins, and salt and pepper shakers. Plus, the basket itself is insulated and has a waterproof lining.

To buy: wayfair.com, $130 (originally $160)

Picnic Time Wine Country Tote

Courtesy of Amazon

There’s no reason you can’t have happy hour outdoors. This tote has enough room for two bottles of wine plus a cutting board and cheese knife.

To buy: homedepot.com, $37

AmeriHome Retro Style Picnic Cooler

Courtesy of Amazon

For cool vintage vibes, bring this bright red beauty poolside. The plastic-lined interior holds up to 18 cans and keeps everything inside nice and chilly. Packing bottles? No worries — this cooler has a handy bottle opener attached to its side.

To buy: walmart.com, $74

Sunflora Picnic Backpack

Courtesy of Amazon

Finally, a roomy carrier perfect for a crowd. Its main compartment is insulated and large enough to easily fit food and drink for four. And if you like your drinks ice cold, this backpack comes with an insulated bottle cooler bag as well as a detachable waterproof pouch for ice to place inside your main compartment.

To buy: amazon.com, $100

Coleman Camping Wagon

Courtesy of Target

Need even more wheeled support? This accordion-folding wonder can hold up to 150 pounds and has sturdy terrain wheels that will take you anywhere. We’re happy to jump on this bandwagon.

To buy: amazon.com, target.com, $85

Picnic at Ascot Insulated Folding Picnic Basket

Courtesy of Amazon

The lightweight aluminum frame of this folding basket makes it that much easier to stuff it with sandwiches and sodas. And what’s even better, it folds flat for storage on all those days you aren’t picnicking.

To buy: amazon.com, $48

Picnic Time Blue & White Stripe Picnic Basket

Courtesy of Food52

If a classically chic look is what you're going for, you can't go wrong with this woven picnic basket, available on Food52. The basket is lined with soft striped fabric, which allows for easy storage and cleanup.

To buy: food52.com, $50

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