It’s National Picnic Month and here are the al fresco dining essentials you’ll want to pack

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It’s official, we’re now half way through the year and July has not only brought us far more sunshine, but also the arrival of National Picnic Month!

Water bottle, £15, Oliver Bonas

There’s nothing more important that staying hydrated during hot weather, and this bottle from Oliver Bonas is the perfect way to do so. Not only is it reusable, but by purchasing a Hip bottle you’ll help provide two days of safe drinking water to those in need around the world.

Spork, £2.25, Green Tulip

These sporks are compact, sustainable and quite frankly adorable. Made of bamboo, they’re more durable than wood and are reusable. At just £2.25 each, they’re a perfect addition to tuck into any picnic basket – we’ll take ten, please.

Bottle stopper, £6, John Lewis

For the experienced picnic goers who upgrade their standard spread and slip in a bottle of wine, this pineapple stopper from John Lewis is what you’ve been looking for. Both fun and practical, it also comes in two other summery shapes, a flip flop and a palm tree!

Lunch bag, £9.95, Joules 


We can always count on Joules to give us something that’s practical and fashionable. This cool bag is roomy, easy to carry with padded straps, and also has a matching blanket; what more could you want?

 Lunch box, £12, I Want One Of Those

We love a relatable quote, and this one says it all. This monochrome lunch box from IWOOT not only has a great design, it’s also microwavable and dishwasher safe, an essential for any picnic.

Beau & Elliot blanket, £17.92, Tesco

What’s a picnic without a picnic blanket? Not only do we love the print on this one, it also has adjustable straps, making it easy to carry to your favourite picnic spots.

Sunny life kit, £24, Amara 

Compact and smartly designed, this case carries two sets of cutlery and plates, perfect for a day of eating in the sun with a partner. And the best thing about this picnic carry case for two? It comes in four colours – choose from coral, navy, turquoise and blue.

Backpack, £108, Fortnum and Mason 

You’re guaranteed to be the envy of everyone with this jam-packed backpack. Fortnum and Mason throw the traditional picnic stereotype out the window with this upgraded picnic basket, catering for four people and complete with cheeseboard, corkscrew and linen napkins. Pass us the champagne…

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