Whether it’s a leisurely lunch in a park, drinks and snacks at the beach or a pre-concert party in a parking lot, an outdoor picnic is one of summer’s greatest pleasures. We’ve put together a list of outdoor eating essentials to help ensure that your drinks are cold, your food is fresh and the fun lasts all day.

Fire Sense HotSpot Notebook Portable Charcoal Grill

Home Depot

Grilling on the Go

Talk about convenient! Constructed of painted steel that’s resistant to high heat, Fire Sense’s HotSpot Notebook portable charcoal grill folds flat to create its own carrying case. Despite its slim silhouette, the grill provides enough room to fire up dinner for four adults or a troop of hot-dog-hungry scouts.

Available for $29 at HomeDepot.com.

Bellino’s Sound Cooler speaker bag.

eBags - Bellino’s Sound Cooler

Travel with Tunes

Pack your soundtrack alongside your cold beverages in Bellino’s Sound Cooler, a fully insulated 24-pack freezer bag that comes with two speakers. Just plug in your MP3 player and you and your guests can jam to the sounds of summer. 

Available for $33.99 at eBags.com (4 AA batteries not included). 

Small food tent for covering items at picnic.


Bug-Free Bliss

Nothing ruins an al fresco feast faster than some uninvited guests landing on your potato salad or dip. The solution? These inexpensive, collapsible white mesh food tents, which keep the pests away while still allowing diners to eye the yummy eats.

Available for $5.95 each at CrateandBarrel.com. 

Plastica Bento Boxes for Picnics


Pack a Party

Plastica’s colorful and convenient 3-tier containers are perfect for picnics. Each dishwasher-safe 2" x 4.75" tier can be used to store and serve cold sides or salads for a small group. Inspired by the Bento and Tiffin lunches that are popular in Asia, these melamine storage boxes are available in five color combos for $36. 

Available for $36 each at Plastica.

Jonathan Adler Picnic Essentials

Jonathan Adler

Serve with Style

We cannot tell a lie: Whether it’s Jonathon Adler’s ode to America’s first President or his gorgeous array of colorful melamine bowls and tumblers, these lightweight pieces add punch to any outdoor get-together.

 From $6 at jonathanadler.com. 

Insulated Coca-Cola bag

Coca-Cola Store

Keeping it Cool

This oversized cooler tote has room for all your picnic essentials. Made of polyester fabric woven from recycled soft-drink bottles, it’s fully insulated and the dual-handle carry straps are long enough to hoist over your shoulders for easy transport.

Available for $13.99 at the Coca-Cola store.