Even if you’re in a park in the middle of a city, there is a simple magic in being outdoors with just the necessities. And by that we mean participating in the humble picnic—friends and families gathered in nature to break bread together. The total relaxation that comes with this timeless activity is the perfect antidote to our constantly plugged-in world. Call it nostalgic; we call it therapeutic. 

Gather your loved ones, make your favorite snacks and drinks, and enjoy all those things alongside a serving of vitamin D. But wait, don’t go unprepared. Equip your feast with our kit of picnic essentials, below. Every item is available on Amazon, so you can shop today and be ready to hit the park by the weekend (or in two days, more specifically).

The Statement Blanket

Extra Large Picnic Blanket, California Picnic ($29.95)
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A great picnic is built on the foundation of a great picnic blanket. This summery striped one starts compact in a handsome harness and folds out large enough to seat four to six picnickers.

The Beachy Basket

Seagrass Picnic Basket, Birdrock Home ($93.99)
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What’s a picnic without a basket? This woven seagrass number offers solid storage, an easily accessible split-lid design, and a flat top that could serve as a table in a pinch.

The Retro Cooler

Green 54-Quart Cooler, Coleman ($69.99)
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Blazing summer days call for ice-cold beverages of all varieties. Keep your cool with this classic design from Coleman. As one reviewer notes, “I took this on a two-day camping trip and I still had solid ice in it on the drive back.” So you’ll be more than set for a two-hour picnic.

The Stacked Store-All

4 Tier Stainless Steel Tiffin, The Dairy Shoppe ($18.95)
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Introducing the tiffin! The Domino team uses this for toting work lunches and we strongly recommend it. The stacked compartments allow for separating the components of your meal, and its stainless steel body makes washup a breeze.

The Très Chic Tote

Long Handle Natural String Bag, Eurosac ($16.95)
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Carry all your delicious summer fruits and veggies in perhaps the most inexpensive It bag of the summer: the cotton string carryall.

The Serving Station

Ladder Serving Station, Toscana ($82.66)
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Take your spread from blasé to soiree with three tiers of acacia wood trays.

The (Bamboo) Plates

Bamboo Plates (Set of 4), Bobo&boo ($19.95)
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Colorful, reusable, and biodegradable—what more could you want from outdoor-friendly dishes?

The (Bamboo) Sporks

Bamboo Sporks, bambu ($13.67)
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From portobello steaks to gazpacho, these reusable bamboo sporks will be up to the task with charm to spare.

The To-Go Glasses

Storage Jars (Set of 4), Arc International ($17.79)
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Choose your own adventure by using these lidded cups as snack containers, drinking glasses, or both.

The Wine Saver

Wine Preserver, Savino ($49.95)
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Decant a bottle into this slender glass vessel for happy hour in nature.

The Unbreakable Wineglasses

Outdoor Stemless Wine Glasses (Set of 4), Taza ($24.99)
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No matter the terrain, these shatterproof stemless wineglasses will avert picnic party fouls.

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