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    21 Handy Things That'll Upgrade Your Picnics This Summer

    Because 99% of my summer will be spent eating on a blanket in the grass.

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    1. A picnic set that comes with everything you and one other person will need to enjoy an outdoor spread. It'll make planning for park dates or beach days a heck of a lot easier when it comes to packing for the day.

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    It comes with a wicker picnic basket, cutlery pouch, bottle opener, two forks, two spoons, two knives, two plates, and two wine glasses, two reusable napkins.

    Get the 13-piece set on Amazon Canada for $92.30. Also available in black.

    2. This genius wine bottle holder for your bike, so you won't have to lug your rosé around in your backpack. You can also use it for your water bottle, if you don't have a bottle cage installed.

    A wine bottle carried on a bike by two leather straps
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    Get it from Simons for $42. Available in three colours.

    3. This insulated bag that'll keep your picnic provisions fresh and cool. Its straps are adjustable, so you can wear it over your shoulders like a backpack or carry it around like a tote bag.

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    Get it from Indigo for $34.50. Available in three colours.

    4. Four sets of reusable utensils, so you and your pals will have all the cutlery you'll need to enjoy an outdoor meal. They're made out of bamboo, so they'll be a heck of a lot lighter than carrying around a bunch of silverware.

    a set of reusable utensils on top of a cloth carrying case
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    Each set comes with a knife, fork, spoon, straw, cleaning brush, case, and a pair of chopsticks.

    Get the set of four on Amazon Canada for $23.99.

    5. A pair of heart-shaped sunglasses that basically scream sangria on a picnic blanket.

    a person wearing heart-shaped sun glasses
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    Get them from Nasty Gal for $13.20 (originally $33).

    6. A portable tabletop BBQ, so you can grill wherever you go. It comes with a cork lid that doubles as a trivet, so you won't scorch the surface you set it up on.

    The firey tabletop BBQ on a coaster
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    Get it from Indigo for $345. Also available in white.

    7. A colourful face mask that'll brighten up your ~smize~ while you and your friends find the perfect spot to lay your picnic blanket. It has three layers, a nose wire, adjustable straps, and is made with 100% cotton.

    a mask made with a floral-pattern fabric
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    Get it from MomandMachine on Etsy for $14.40+ (originally $18). Available in four sizes.

    8. A Spikeball set that'll give y'all something to do in between snacking. It's an active two-on-two game that requires "spiking" the ball onto the net so it ricochets toward your opponent, with a few rules that'll make it equal parts fun and challenging.

    The spikeball balls, net, and carrying bag
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    The net is collapsible, so the whole set fits in the bag it comes with.

    Get the game on Amazon Canada for $79.99.

    9. This insulated bottle and tumblers set that'll keep your summer bevies (for two!) chilled all day long, even on a sweltering afternoon at the beach.

    An insulated bottle next to two insulated wine tumblers
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    Get the set of three from Indigo for $49.50. Available in two colours.

    10. Or just a single insulated tumbler, if you don't plan on sharing.

    A single insulated tumbler with a lid
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    It comes with a leakproof lid, so you can toss it in your bag without worrying about the last few drops spilling onto your stuff.

    Get it from Indigo for $19.50.

    11. A split-level cheese board that comes with serving utensils nestled into the bottom tier, so you won't have to worry about packing extra.

    A split cheese board with three utensils in the bottom half
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $34.

    12. A pair of Sheertex shorts that you can count on to keep your derriere covered while you lounge around in your favourite dress. They'll prevent chafing, too, which will be a godsend for anyone who tends to get extra sweaty (hi, that would be me).

    a person wearing the sheertex shorts
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    Reviewers say they're light, comfy, and super durable.

    Get them from Sheertex for $85. Available in sizes XS—3XL and in larger packs.

    13. A padded beach mat, so your towel won't get sandy while you soak up those rays. You can set it up in three ways: as a full-body mat, a cushioned seat, or a lounger with a headrest — the choice is yours!

    A person lying on the beach lounging mat
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    It folds up compactly with straps and handles, so it'll be a cinch to tote around.

    Get it from Indigo for $44.50. Available in four colours.

    14. This cotton bottle carrier that'll hold your favourite tumblers (or wine bottles), so you won't have to lug around your usual backpack to carry it comfortably.

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    Get it from Indigo for $24.50.

    15. A set of citronella candles that'll keep those pesky mosquitoes at bay. They have lids, so you can pop one in your bag in case your park hang runs into the evening.

    The jarred citronella candles
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    Get the pack of six on Amazon Canada for $28.99.

    16. A beach tent, if you're someone who needs guaranteed shade on beach trips. It’ll help to make sure you and your fam won’t burn to a crisp, plus it’ll give your eyes some relief when you’re trying to look at messages on your phone.

    Two vibrant tents on a beach
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    Get it from Indigo for $59.50.

    17. A doggy water bottle, so you can make sure your pup is hydrated on every outing. It'll dispense water into its lid with the press of a button and is totally leakproof when the locking mechanism is turned on.

    A dog drinking out of the water bottle's dispensing lid
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $18.59.

    18. A cute picnic blanket that'll give you somewhere a little more comfortable than the ground to plant your tush.

    A striped blanket with fringed hems
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    Get it from Indigo for $39.50. Available in three colours.

    19. Or this water-resistant mat that'll accompany you on all of your beach excursions and picnics. It conveniently folds into a mini pouch, so you can transport it easily.

    A checkered picnic mat folded into a pouch
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    Get on Amazon Canada for $36.99. Available in four colours.

    20. A deck of waterproof cards, so you can play outside without worrying about 'em getting wrecked by the elements (or spilt drinks).

    Waterproof plastic cards
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $11.

    21. And finally, a floral roll-up placemat you can stash your utensils in, so your cutlery doesn't get mixed up with the rest of the stuff in your bag. You can use it to set your snacks down on in the grass or sand, too.

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    Get it from Simons for $32.

    Happy picnic season, y'all!


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