Get summer-ready by investing in some picnic essentials for your next family outing.

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Having a picnic in the park or even just your own garden is one of the simple pleaures of summer. Ice-cold drinks, delicious food and fabulous company – what more could you ask for? Well, what about these 6 picnic buys we think are worth investing in?

A stylish blanket

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You can pick up this cool snow leopard picnic blanket from your local Sainsbury's for just £8. Treat yourself to a design that rolls up and is easy to carry around with you. It's also made out of fleece so is super comfortable to sit on and will even keep you warm when the evenings turn a bit cooler.

Picnic rucksack

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How stylish is this denim picnic rucksack from Next? We love it! It is designed with an insulated main compartment and side pockets, perfect for a bottle or blanket. Filled contents include 4 plastic plates, 4 plastic glasses and 4 cutlery sets, meaning you can just pick this up and run out of the door without any prep needed.

Reusable packaging

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It's important to be eco-conscious when you're planning your summer picnics. Make sure not to leave any litter lying around and use reusable containers or packaging to house your yummy goodies. Resuable bee's wraps are a great invention which can be used time and time again to keep your food fresh for longer.

Sassy seating

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Sitting on the floor tucking into your picnic can get quite uncomfortable very quickly. Invest in a picnic chair to make the experience more enjoyable. We are huge fans of this Sunnylife tropical design, which will no doubt brighten up your picnic set up! 

Drinks dispenser

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If you're planning a picnic party for your friends and family to enjoy (at a safe distance of course) then you may want to purchase a drinks dispenser to fill with your favourite tipple. This one from Garden Trading is only £20 and is sure to last.

Trendy picnicware

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When you're visiting your local Asda check out its picnic-ware section, as it's full of gems including this plate and bowl set for just £15! We think it's a great idea to go bold and make a statement with your choice to amp up the fun and summer vibes.


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