Everything you need to pack for the perfect picnic

Spend a few hours outdoors soaking up the sunshine and summer snacks with this list of picnic essentials.

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One of life’s most pondered questions is ‘what makes the perfect picnic?’ Undoubtedly, the first thing that comes to mind is always the weather. So, when the forecast is pleasant, pack this list of products and head to your favourite spot at the park or lakeside for an unforgettable day!

Picnic Time Outdoor Blanket Tote

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A traditional picnic blanket is known for its red and white checkered pattern. This top-quality blanket by reputable brand Picnic Time is true to style for your next excursion alfresco. It provides 21 square feet of softness and it easily folds into a compact carrying tote featuring a shoulder strap and zippered security pocket.

Why you need this:

  • Lay out a blanket on the grass to sit on for your picnic

  • Water-resistant backing for picnicking after summer showers or morning dew

  • Rated 4.7 out of 5 based on Amazon.ca reviews

SatisInside Picnic Basket for 2

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This carry-all picnic basket has a vintage feel and comes with all the accessories you need for your daytime adventure. For a moderate price you get the wicker basket, a corkscrew, salt and pepper shakers and napkins, plates, wine glasses, and stainless steel knives, forks, and spoons for two.

Why you need this:

  • A sturdy basket will carry all your food and refreshments

  • Insulated liner will maintain the temperature for foods that need to stay cool

  • Rated 4.6 out of 5 based on Amazon.ca reviews

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Charcuterie Boards with Knife Set

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Consider this a bonus item for anyone who takes the aesthetics of a picnic to heart. Once you unpack your basket, this best-selling bamboo cheese board will be suitable for displaying charcuterie and comes with two chalk markers, slate labels and ceramic bowls, and four knives or utensils that are kept neatly in a pull-out drawer. You’ll also receive an extra five-section round fruit tray to complement your picnic presentation.

Why you need this:

  • Your ideal picnic consists of wine and cheese

  • Presentation is important to you

  • Rated 4.8 out of 5 based on Amazon.ca reviews

Portable Beach Picnic Table

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If you’re not the type to eat off your lap, elevate your picnic with this bamboo table that you can take anywhere. The innovative design allows you to secure the table into the grass or beach, and it holds six wine glasses plus your assortment of meats, cheeses, and snacks. It even comes with a complete cutlery set and a wine opener, which are hidden on the underside of the table.

Why you need this:

  • A fun and unique table to enjoy your summer snacks and wine

  • Easily collapsable and portable to take on location

  • Rated 4.1 out of 5 based on Amazon.ca reviews

Fibreglass Beach Umbrella, Red

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Take advantage of a full day of picnicking with this umbrella that will provide you with some protective coverage from the sun. The umbrella can be secured in the grass or sand and boasts a high level of UV protection with UPF 50+. It’s also built to last with a fortified triple-layer supporting structure including eight fibreglass ribs and an added air vent to help better resist any wind that decides to breeze by your lunch date.

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Why you need this:

  • Bring some shade along with you for long days of picnicking

  • Adjustable angle provides optimal coverage

  • Rated 4.4 out of 5 based on Amazon.ca reviews

Wondering what else should be included on your perfect picnic checklist?

>> Food and drinks

>> Wet wipes for your hands

>> An extra bag for trash, recycling, or general clean-up

>> Water and water bottles

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>> Sunscreen

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>> Insect repellent

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>> Entertainment like outdoor games

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Our trusted Product Specialists recommend high-quality items that we think will enhance your experience with Canadian weather conditions. Prices and availability of items are accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change.

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