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The Perfect Picnic Essentials Checklist

10 May 2019

We’ve all got our own idea of the perfect picnic. From sausage rolls and cheese sandwiches, to pitted olives and carrot sticks dipped in hummus, the contents of your picnic will be as unique as your personality.

But there are some picnic items that you won’t get very far without. Make sure you don’t leave the house without these picnic essentials.

Picnic Basket or Bag

It may sound obvious but there’s not much point planning a picnic without a picnic basket. Your basket or bag should be a reflection of your personality, and we’ve got something for everyone.

Our Oversized Picnic Cooler Bag comes in four bright colours, but we love this turquoise number, popping with lemons and a “Sweet Summer” slogan.

Need something family sized? Our Shopper Cooler Bag is a whopping 21 litres in capacity, giving you plenty of space for your favourite foodstuff!

And for those prosecco princes and princesses looking to make it a special occasion, our Foldable Picnic Basket can hold an ample amount of fizz and still have lots of room for delicious deli food and tasty treats.

B&M Top Tip: napkins will prove to be a lifesaver on your picnic, helping mop up spillages and wipe sticky fingers. Don’t forget a couple of bin bags too for rubbish! You should always leave your picnic spot how you found it.


While we can’t guarantee wall to wall sunshine on the day of your picnic, we can at least make sure you’re comfortable when you decide to head out.

We’ve got a great range of stylish picnic blankets to pick from, all with a life-saving waterproof backing – so even a little morning drizzle won’t stop you!

The pick of the bunch has to be this cute Fleece Picnic Blanket featuring pink flamingos, while for traditionalists there’s our Tartan Picnic Rug in a range of colours!


Stylish and practical – they’re the kind of picnics we like to go on! Our selection of picnicware combines these two perfectly.

Whether it’s plates, bowls, tumblers, cutlery, food trays, drinks dispensers or complete dining sets you need, at B&M there are so many colours and designs to choose from. These are some of our favourites.

For those concerned with style, the tropical theme is popping up everywhere this summer, and we think it’s perfect for a picnic. You can grab the whole dinnerware set at B&M.

And for practicality, you can’t beat our Drinks Dispenser & Tumbler Set. Holding up to 3.6 litres or your favourite juice (or water), our dispenser makes it quick and easy for thirsty picnic goers, and the kids can help themselves!

B&M Top Tip: don’t forget you’ll need ice cubes to keep your drinks cool! Pop these Reusable Ice Shapes in the freezer the night before your picnic to keep your picnic party refreshed all day!

What’s your favourite food to take on a picnic? What picnic essential are you unable to leave the house without? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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