It's officially the season when fresh-cut grass, a warm afternoon, and a refreshing cocktail make you want to pack up a picnic basket and head outside. But before you plan your next al fresco meal, there are a few items you should definitely consider purchasing. From well-made blankets to portable wine glasses, these items will help you enjoy delicious eats—wherever the weather takes you.
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Yeti Insulated Wine Tumbler
Who says you can't enjoy a nice glass of Pinot on the beach?! Yeti, the brand known for its indestructible tumblers, has a line of beach-ready wine glasses that are far from fragile. Bonus? They come in all the classic Yeti colors.
Coolers are often hefty, bulky, and loaded with cumbersome straps that never truly help you get your eats to the beach. One Cooking Light editor uses this instead—roll up to the beach or park, strap this on your back, and use your other free hands to carry chairs, blankets, and other essentials.
Don't Be Jelly! You Can Sit on This Picnic Blanket, Too
So maybe you shouldn't always eat a jelly-filled donut with sprinkles, but no one said anything about sitting on one. Turn heads with this beach-friendly picnic blanket that measures five feet wide in every direction.
Looking for Shade? This Portable Tent Does the Trick
Installation is as easy as 1,2,3: Simply unpack the portable Hunter carrier; stick the poles in the sand or grass, and pitch your sun-blocking tent. It's a great way to enjoy lunch or snacks without getting blasted by the sun's harmful rays.
This large, durable polypropylene tote can hold all of your essentials: a towel, water bottle, your lunch, cell phone, and the latest issue of Cooking Light. There's a zipper to protect your belongings from debris—a big step up from the traditional picnic basket.
Rolling up to the park with brown paper bags isn't the best look—and you definitely don't want to shove bottles haphazardly into a picnic basket (hello, broken wine bottles!). This simple, affordable tote has a divider to ensure your bottles won't clang or break en route.
The ice cream man is bound to show up at the park or beach, but that doesn't mean you have to fall victim to a sugary calorie-bomb. These ice pop molds can be filled with the popsicle filling of your choice. Best part? They retain their shape and coolness, even when you step outside.