Great Gear to Create the Perfect Picnic this 4th of July

Nesting on 07.01.11
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It's Fourth of July weekend, and that means it's time to pack up your gear and head outside for a picnic whether it be at the beach, the park, or under the canopy of the woods. Not sure what to bring? We've rounded up the best items to ensure you are comfortable, well fed, and have loads of fun both this weekend and all summer long.

1. Picnic Table and Chairs

picnic table and chairs

While you can always just throw a blanket on the ground for your picnic, if you want to keep the ants from marching in and prevent your little ones from knocking over or stepping on plates and cups, it's great to bring a nice steady and solid surface. And picnics are much more fun when you've got a comfortable spot to sit. We have nothing but love for these foldable picnic chairs and table from Crate & Barrel. Not only are they super-stylish, but the table rolls up and is transported in an easy to carry over-the-shoulder bag and they're made from FSC certified wood. Both pieces currently retail for $29.95 each.

2. Picnic Basket

picnic basket

We all have enough to do as it is. Who needs to bother with deciding which dishes out of the cabinet are safe enough to bring with you or if you remembered to pack the condiments? There's nothing better than having one go to basket that's already got everything in it. We love the Picnic Time Pioneer Picnic Basket that comes complete with melamine dishes, wine glasses, flatware, napkins, a cutting board with cheese knife, salt and pepper shakers, a corkscrew, food storage containers, and even a blanket that attaches to it with blanket straps. Plus, it has a water-resistant base, sturdy handle, and two easy access lids.  Available at Bed, Bath, & Beyond for $116.99.

3. Igloo Cool Fusion Soft Top Rolling Cooler

igloo cooler

No matter where you are in the country, it's bound to be hot, and you'll want to make sure you have plenty of drinks to keep the family hydrated. Igloo's Cool Fusion Soft Top Rolling Cooler holds 36 cans and can even hold 2-liter bottles or wine bottles standing upright. With wheels and a telescoping handle, this cooler is easy to transport from car to picnic spot. So easy that the kids can even help carry things! Retails for $53.99. Go to to find a retailer near you.

4. Coleman Roadtrip Portable Grill

coleman portable grill

Just because you're not in your own backyard doesn't mean that you can't still enjoy a meal hot off the grill. Coleman's Roadtrip Portable Grill is a gas grill that offers 285 square inches of open flame grilling space with a detachable lid if you want to cook using pots and an optional cast iron griddle making it easy to make everything from burgers and dogs to grilled vegetables and more. Detachable side tables add extra prep space, and a removable grease pan make clean up a breeze. A collapsible base and built in handles make it easy to break down the grill, and an optional carry bag makes it even easier to transport. Available at Home Depot for $199.

5. Lawn Games

bocce croquet combo set

While it's always fun to spend time with family and friends, don't forget to pack the lawn games to get everyone up and moving. Whether you prefer croquet or corn hole, we say the more games the more fun. Target has a great selection of well-priced outdoor games for the whole family. We love this Franklin Sports Summer Croquet/Bocce Combo Set for only $15.99. With two games in one it not only gives you more for your money, but it also cuts down on the amount you have to carry to your perfect picnic spot.  


Whether you are in the mountains or the dessert, on the beach or in the rolling plains, gather your friends and family, pack up this great picnic gear, and find one of the millions of beautiful spots that makes America the special place that it is.

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