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8 essential items for a perfect picnic outing with kids

An eco-friendly basket, speakers they can spill on and more.

An eco-friendly basket, speakers they can spill on and more.

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One of the easiest (and fun-est!) things to do with the kiddos in the summer is to grab a blanket, an outdoor speaker and a few other must-haves, and head to any one of the beautiful green spaces nearby. In order to make your next park hang all that it can be, make sure to have these essentials on hand. For food, drink, tunes and more, we've got you covered.

Basket case

Keep our lovely planet in mind while taking in the best that she has to offer. This eco-friendly, hand-woven picnic basket comes stocked with bamboo fiber plates, utensils and a cutting board. Bonus for mom and dad? The wine glasses are made of recycled glass.

Picnic Plus by Spectrum Eco-Friendly Picnic Basket, $183.99, wayfair.ca

The throw

Whether you go high or low, grab a stylish throw to pull your impromptu little picnic together, all while making it Insta-perfect.

HIGH: Tofino Towel, $99, minimioche.com

LOW: Multi Stripe Picnic Throw, $49.50, indigo.ca

Kickin' it

Kids wear through their clothes and shoes so quickly, but not these. Grab a pair of Native slip-ons for your littles and you'll be able to pass down to their siblings or friends. Even better? They are super easy to clean!

Native Jefferson Print Pigeon Grey, Shell White & Quartz, $59.98, well.ca

Bebe fete

Your wee one can play along with all the picnic festivities with their own little veg- and fruit-filled basket.

Picnic Basket Fill and Spill, $24.95, indigo.ca

On the go

Bring all their essential eats, including formula, in one easy travel tower that links together depending on what's on the menu.

Skip Hop Grab & Go Food Storage Tower, $14.99, snugglebugz.ca

Made in the shade

Keep baby away from harmful UV rays with a covered play pad they will love.

JJ Cole Baby Shade Mat, $63.74, well.ca

Happy hour

Warm and cold drinks have found their on-the-go home thanks to this Thermos sippy cup.

Thermos Foogo 7oz. Leak Proof Sippy Cup, $21.50, bbbuggy.com

Tune in

Bring a party to the park (at a respectable level, of course!) with a travel-ready speaker that links up to Bluetooth on your smartphone. Best part? It's waterproof, so if the kids get a little spill-y, it won't affect listening to your favourite Drake playlist.

Lexon Tykho Booster Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker, $139, urbanoutfitters.com

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