Celebrate warmer temperatures with an epic picnic. Our favorite outdoor cooking equipment is portable, easy to use, and powerful so you won’t have to go without a good meal when you step out of the door. Set up in your yard, at a local park, or at a campsite.
We have selected our favorite devices for the occasion – as well as some comfort items and games. All you have to do is prepare the menu.
Seven hamburgers at once? Register with us. The Weber Smoky Joe’s 147-inch cooking chamber is big enough to hold food for the entire crew, but the grill is relatively portable. It’s about the size of a beach ball and has a lid lock that doubles as a handle to carry it from the car to the picnic table. The porcelain enamel is easy to clean and thanks to an aluminum vent and an ash trap it will last for years. $ 48
Sit tall. The REI Co-op Outward Lawn Chair gets you 16 inches off the ground – well above the knee-bend of most camping chairs. The DWR treated ripstop nylon seat is durable and has some sag, while wooden armrests give it a luxury compared to other portable chairs (sorry, no cup holders). And if your picnic is just a short walk from the car (the best are), the straps make it easy to carry this lounger hands-free. $ 79.95
Take your lovely meal set, make it sturdy and light, and get it dirty. The Barebones enamel suite includes sets with plates, bowls and cups. The steel core dishes keep hot and cold things cold, but they are coated with ceramic enamel, which should improve the look of your equipment. Pinkies up! $ 18 for two plates, $ 16 for two bowls, $ 15 for two cups
You could spread your picnic on the floor or on a blanket, but with full size tables that packable, you might not want it. The REI Co-op Camp Rolling Table opens to a 27.5 by 27.5 inch square that is more than 2 feet above the floor. That’s big enough for a hot card game or a three-course meal. Not bad for a piece of furniture small enough to lose in your trunk. $ 74.95
Sometimes the beauty of a picnic is in hanging out without having to walk too far. In this case, there is nothing that can beat an electric cooler like the Dometic CFX3 35. This compact cooler plugs into the 12 volt adapter in your car and uses only as much power as a couple of charging phones to cool and freeze your fare. (Tip: plug it in at home and let it warm up before you set off.) Download the app and set the cooler temperature so you can play spikeball without worrying about melted ice and moist food to have to worry. $ 900
Dare a little further to the picnic table? Fill the YETI BackFlip 24 with 20 cans of your favorite drink and some ice, throw it on your back and go. The BackFlip has a soft back wall, contoured shoulder straps and a hip belt like your favorite backpack for long hikes as well as lashing points for buckling on other equipment and relieving your arms. The ColdCell rubber foam insulation should keep the drinks cool all day. $ 299.98
Don’t risk a wet bum anymore. Instead, unfold the ENO Islander Deluxe, a palatial 8-foot by 8-foot ceiling. Though it’s big enough for six adults to do a squat, the thing stuffs into its own sack, about the size of a loaf of bread. It’s made from 70 denier nylon taffeta so sand, dirt, and dog hair can be easily wiped off and it’s machine washable. Nice touch: The Islander Deluxe comes with aluminum tent poles so you can nail it down in windy conditions. $ 59.95
Can it really be a picnic without this thing? Set the mood with this clichéd tablecloth, but don’t throw it away when you’re done. Coghlan’s version is made from heavy duty vinyl with a wipeable surface and stitched edges so it can picnic outdoors for years. $ 5.50
Don’t stop your music when you walk out the door. Clip the beats to your backpack and bring them to lunch. The JBL Clip 3 is paired with your phone via Bluetooth and can be played for up to 10 hours between charges. The IPX7 waterproof design means you don’t have to worry about rain (or drop the speaker in your soda), and workaholics can even take calls from the speaker with one button. (Be a polite picnicker and keep the volume respectably low when not alone.) $ 69.95
Chuck some axes, no adult supervision required. Mount the collapsible Outside Inside target on a tree or fence and take turns throwing the small foam axes (with handy “blades”) to score points. And whether you’ve had a few too many or just have a terrible goal, you don’t have to worry about impaling your buddy. $ 34.95
Don’t leave anyone behind. Invite Fido to your picnic and entertain him with this 2.4 ounce flying disc. This flexible dog toy from Ruffwear tires the puppy quickly and is available as a water or nibble bowl if necessary. When you’re done, pack it in your backpack for the next time. $ 19.95
When day turns into night, don’t give up on your picnic. Make a fire in the Solo Stove Ranger and let it burn well into the evening. This portable fire pit is small enough to fit in your trunk (it weighs only 15 pounds and comes with a carrying case). It is powered by firewood with an efficient double-walled design and vents near the top that push hot air into the combustion chamber, reducing smoke and leaving you with ultra-fine ash at the end of the night. (Please see local fire regulations.) $ 230
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