Summer Picnic Essentials

Now that summery days are here there is nothing quite like a good British picnic, whether you have it in the local park, garden or even at the beach if you are lucky enough to live near one.
Here are some of my essentials for a stress free and enjoyable day out basking in the sunshine. Just bring your favourite food, drinks, and games.

Picnic Blankets

From traditional gingham prints to cool and funky patterns, be sure to pack a blanket to protect you from scratchy grass and give you a soft and warm place to sit. Perfect for laying out all your food on too!

Picnic Basket & Cool Bag

Get a picnic basket and/or a cooler bag to carry your food and drink in. Baskets work well as they are spacious and often have specific areas to hold your plates, glasses and cutlery. I suggest trying to take recyclable plates, cutlery and cups or ones that you can wash and re-use rather than disposable plastic ones. Lets be earth friendly!

Wireless Speakers

Play your favourite summer songs as a backdrop to your picnic for ambience on wireless speakers.

Citronella Candles

Citronella candles are perfect to keep pesky mosquitoes and biting insects at bay. They also provide lovely ambient lighting for when it gets a bit darker.

Picnic snacks suggestions:

When planning what to take to eat at the picnic you want it to be as fuss free as possible! Here are some suggestions of what to pack in your picnic basket and the best way to store your food is in an air tight containers, and I suggest this 6 pack by Sistema, which I was kindly gifted and which are absolutely perfect for filling up with treats, and clear, so you can easily spot whats in each one.

Carrot batons (with a dip of your choice) are a great snack. I especially love them with houmous as well as guacamole!

British Cherries, my favourite fruit, are so delicious to feast on when in the park, especially as these alluring morsels of delight are only in season during the summer months and so I like to make the most of them as much as possible.

Not only are they absolutely moreish on their own, mixed in with cream or yoghurt, they are divine! Find out more

Grapes are a great snack too, my preference being seedless ones .

Naansters byJake & Nayns’ are a range of delicious curry filled light and fluffy naan bread. Available in four flavours, they can be eaten hot (in the microwave) or cold and they won’t fall apart whilst eating them! Available from Sainsbury’s, Co-op. Spar, Londis, and forecourts across the county. RRP £2.00. My personal favourites are the  Chickpea curry filled Naan. Find out more

They are also ideal to take on road trips, to work or pack in lunch boxes too!

Cheese cubes are always a crowd pleaser and in the summer months I prefer cooling ones such as feta.

Mini sandwiches filled with different ingredients such as cucumber, tomato, onion, radishes etc

Watermelon chunks (great for hydration too)

Biscuits of your choice – for that sweet fix!

Crisps, that will also be great with dips.

Drink Suggestions

Lots of water (very important to stay hydrated).

Cobra Beer are fantastic and have also accredited by The Vegetarian Society as vegan friendly! I love that the bottles are HUGE and they are perfectly paired with the Naansters! To see their full range visit

Chilled Rosé is a great Summer tipple and Le Grand Cros, AOP Côtes de Provence, 2018, a classic Provence rosé is delicious. Wild strawberry, pink grapefruit, redcurrant and verbena notes are balanced by refreshing acidity and subtle floral and herbal aromas – perfect for that picnic!

You can buy it online and in store at Berry Bros. & Rudd

Summer months are ideal for cooling milkshakes and Shaken Udder Milkshakes, another new discovery, are great for kids and adults alike and come in a great range of flavours. My favourites are the Vanilla and Banana ones. Find out more about the full range

Kopparberg Cider (always Strawberry and Lime for me). Trying to get hold of the keg for my next picnic!

teapigs Cold Brew Ice Tea are a great way to flavour water, especially for fussy drinkers, and a great refresher to quench thirst on hot sunny days! Simply make in advance and pop into a flask to stay chilled. Find the range :


Card games are the easiest to transport and my favourites, alongside a classic pack of cards, are What do you meme, Cards against humanity and UNO.

Now just grab your favourite friends or family and head on over to have a picnic!
One of my favourite places to pick up picnic essentials is John Lewis.

What are your favourite picnic snacks, drinks and games? Let me know in the comments below xx


About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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  1. What a perfect picnic!!!

    Posted 8.3.19 Reply
  2. Laura wrote:

    I love a picnic (so does Snoopy!).

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
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