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9 Picnic Baskets & Accessories To Up Your Park Hangs

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It’s finally that time of year to make the outdoors your living room. Much like your indoor living space, it matters how you furnish your park picnics and parties. Sure, you can toss some snacks and drinks into your Trader Joe’s tote and call it a day (and there’s nothing wrong with that) but proper picnic baskets, coolers, and other accessories are affordable and out there, just waiting for you to up your park and beach game. When you have the right gear, every outdoor party or solo hang becomes all the more enjoyable. Plus, an ice pack in your canvas tote back just gets gross eventually.

From easily installed umbrellas and thermos’ to classic wicker picnic baskets and cooler chairs with literal shelving, there are so many ways to step up your outdoor life this summer, whether you plan on hitting the books or hanging out for three months. The best thing about everything on this list is that they are useful year-round, whether you’re throwing a beach party or transporting refreshments to a homecoming get-together next fall, all of these picnic baskets and coolers (and their respective add-ons) will change the way you get together on the go with your crew. Is this what growing up feels like?

insulated L.L. Bean tote

Sure, your mom likely has one of these, too, but for good reason! These preppy bags are known to have a Mary Poppins quality in that you can stuff any and all things into it. Given the insulation on this model, that includes any food or bevvy you desire. They’re sturdy, machine washable, and you can famously monogram them if you’re looking for a gift for your BFF.

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denim picnic backpack

This little pack has everything, including a bottle holder, a fleece blanket, a cooler, glasses, dishes…and even little itty-bitty salt and pepper shakers! Adorbs.

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Insulated Beverage Set

This might be better than your Stanley, and just as pricey, but it’s an investment into your summer fun! You can fit a whole bottle or drink of choice in this thing and it comes with cute little glasses, too. Available in multiple colors.

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Cheese Board Basket

This doesn’t come with a ton of dishes, but the round lid doubles as a cheeseboard for impromptu hangs with snacks. It zips and it’s insulated, too, so you don’t have to worry about your brie going bad.

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cooler chair & Table

There are a ton of cooler chairs on the market (and some on this list) but this one is by far the most serious. There’s a roomy padded chair, a soft cooler, and yes, you’re reading this right …a side table with actual shelves. If you plan on spending a ton of time outdoors studying this summer, treat yourself.

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Park umbrella

Nope, you don’t have to dig up the quad or your backyard to get a little shade. This umbrella has a tripod stand so you can post it up anywhere…now you just need someone to help you carry it.

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cooler stool

This one might not have a bookshelf for your textbooks, but it is a rather roomy cooler that doubles as a little stool for all of your park and beach playtime.

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mini speaker cooler

Sure, it’s not a picnic basket per see, but it does the trick when it comes to keeping some sammies and canned sodas cool. Also, the sound quality might be debatable, but you can at least have some tunes while you soak up the great outdoors.

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Wicker basket with table

This is a classic wicker picnic basket with all of the bells and whistles and then some. It comes with dishes, silverware, glasses, a little blanket, and the best part? A fold-out table so you’re lunch doesn’t have to be too in one with nature.

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Karen is an affiliate content writer and editor for the Her Campus community. More of her other current work can be found at High Snobiety where she covers celeb style, fashion trends, and sneakerhead life. Karen was formerly an entertainment writer and editor at Bustle, Screenrant, The Dipp, Hello Giggles, and probably any other website you can likely think of that covers entertainment, pop culture, and news. She has a B.A. in English and Journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School University. In a previous life, Karen spent almost a decade in Rome, Italy working as a student advisor for Northeastern University’s architecture study abroad program (and eating all of the pasta and pizza she could afford). She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. When she's not glued to her laptop writing and adding things to cart, Karen's likely trying to learn how to do her own gel manicures while watching Bravo. If you want to talk about TV, the best sneakers and nail colors right this very minute, or where to go on a European spring break, don't be a stranger.