If you’re anything like us, you have a major case of cabin fever. We are itching to get outside and can’t wait for spring to arrive. Even if the weather isn’t cooperating at the moment, we’re helping you shop for essentials for your adventures. We’ve rounded stylish gear for a family picnic so you can make the most of your life on the go.

Family Picnic Essentials

1. JJ Cole Collections All-Purpose Blanket ($30). Durable fabric goes on the ground and the inside (where you sit) wipes clean easily. Folds compactly with a handle so it travels easily. Lightweight and perfect to keep in the car or toss in a stroller basket.

2. Vera Bradley Large Colorblock Tote ($65). The colorblocking trend has reached the floral world of Vera Bradley – and it can be monogrammed so there’s never a doubt about who owns this beauty. Even with the dainty color details, this is a workhouse and perfect to carry along your essentials for a family day out.

3. ZoLi Stuck Suction Bowl Feeding Set ($19). Everything your little one needs to eat a very civilized meal on the ground at the park. Who are we kidding? That’s never how it actually plays out for us! But, hey, this awesome ZoLi set does include a bowl, a divided plate, spoon, fork and a top to contain it all.

4. PackIt Large Insulated Cooler Bag ($24). This bag IS the cooler so you don’t need separate freezer or ice packs to keep food cool. Fold this up, place it in the freezer and then pack it up when you’re ready to go. It keeps food cool for ten hours – plenty of time for a family outing.

5. 2 Red Hens Studio Snack Pack Set ($17). We love snack bags, but we hate digging in them to get food and then clean them out. The 2 Red Hens set zippers on 3 sides so it can open flat for easy access.

6. Classic Babiator Sunglasses ($35). Hopefully your picnic will be sun-soaked so protect your little one with fabulous Babiators. Available in infant and child sizes.

7. Skip*Hop Zoo Straw Bottle ($6). The darling Skip*Hop Zoo collection has made its way to functional straw cups. The straw flips down to stay clean and the handy strap attaches to keep the cup near.

8. Skip Hop Pronto! Changing Station ($34). We love the Pronto! because it contains everything you need to change baby’s diaper on the go, and most importantly a clean place to lay baby (or squirmy toddler).

9. Urban Baby ModBonnet ($36). One of our summer favorites, the Urban Baby Bonnet is fabulous. Available in a variety of fabrics, this reversible bonnet can be worn with the bill extended or folded.


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Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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  1. 1.

    Awesome list Kate! I’m in love with that Vera Bradly Tote. Gorgeous!

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      Thanks, Em! The Vera tote is so awesome. And I love the color block look.

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    Janet W.

    Great products! I especially love the little water bottle. It’s adorable!

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    Makes me want to picnic with all that cute stuff.

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    Elizabeth P.

    I am loving the JJ Cole blanket! I love that it can be wiped clean as well. I’ve seen similar blankets that cost more and aren’t as easy to clean. I CANNOT wait for warmer weather so we can enjoy and entire day out of the house.

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    I love that Packit Cooler Bag. We have a picnic basket, but it’s not very easy to transport, especially when on a bike. And how cool that you just put the whole bag in the freezer!

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