Mother and Baby

Picnics and summer days out: what to pack

Section: Shopping Ideas
Get ready for long summer days filled with adventure, picnics and family fun. We’ve got a few ideas that might help…
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Oskar and Ellen picnic hamper play set (£27.99,

A little on the pricey side but this lovely pretend picnic would make a great gift from grandparents. It'll keep tots busy for hours while you sort out the real feast!
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Baby Case (£120,

Not cheap but the Baby Case comes with a toy bag, toiletries bag, and a removable changing bag, so it'll carry everything you need for a holiday or weekend trip, or you can just use the multi-pocket changing bag for days out.
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Towelling hooded all-in-one (£19.95,

One of those hardworking onesies that both you and bub will love. Super-soft towelling keeps baby warm, dry and comfy whether you're on the beach, in the park or travelling.
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Toy barbecue set (£24.99,

Hone their barbecuing skills early with this cute toy grill set: it packs down for easy carrying to the park, beach or garden.
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Skip Hop lunchie (£13.99,

Little ones will love their lunch packed into an owl, cat or ladybug bag. Just big enough for one, and with an insulated lining, these wipeclean lunchbags clip onto a backpack or buggy.
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Coolbag knapsack (£9,

Who's got a free hand to cart a cumbersome coolbag around? No need with this nifty knapsack version. Stylish, spacious enough to pack a family picnic, it's wipe-clean and has pockets inside for easy organising.
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Retro picnic basket (£5.99,

You'll love the vintage good looks of these roomy picnic baskets. Ideal for a family day out: there's space for plates, cups and cutlery as well as food and drink.
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Coleman Kickback chair (£19.99,

Colourful, lightweight and portable, these practical chairs are perfect for picnics or relaxing outdoors. Ideal for breastfeeding mums who want to choose a quiet spot: just flip the chair open and settle in!
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Kids' Baz outdoor beanbag (£39.99,

Water-resistant, wipeable and lightweight, these outdoor beanbags are ideal for babies, toddlers, mums-to-be and tired grown-ups. Handy on camping trips and at festivals too!
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HotHouse floral blanket in duffle bag (£29.99,

This large, durable blanket will soon become a summer staple: just throw it in the car boot or loop on the back of the buggy and you're all set for alfresco adventures.
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Spearmark satchel coolbag (£12.99,,

Kids' coolbags don't come any cooler than these satchel style ones. Perfect for a day out, they come in a huge range of colours and patterns.
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Sistema Twist 'n' Sip water bottle (£3,

A clever twist lid allows toddlers to open the bottle without getting sticky fingers on the drinking spout. Made without BPA and phthalates, it's dishwasher-safe and leak-proof.
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Snappy Bin (£7.99,

Invented by a mum-of-three, this portable, pop-up bin can be pre-loaded with nappy sacks so you can change baby on-the-go. No more wrestling with plastic bags with one hand, plus – bonus! – you can stash all your picnic rubbish in there too.
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Totseat (£20,

We can see why this travel highchair has won so many awards. Washable and squashable, it takes up hardly any space in your bag but gives baby somewhere to sit in cafes when you're out and about… and it even works on deckchairs!
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Snackpots (£9,

These snack pots keep food warm or cold for up to four hours, making them a great option for day trips. The lids have a simple 'snap' mechanism so little hands can manage them easily.
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Picnic tumblers, plates and bowls (packs of four, £1,

This hardwearing melamine picnicware comes in a range of cheery summer colours and stacks for problem-free packing. Bargain price too!
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Converse duffle bag, £28, in store and online from UK retailers including Schuh, ASOS, Surfdome, Sole Trader, House of Fraser and Next.

Grab a new duffle bag from Converse for a trendy look that will suit the beach, park, or trip to the shops with your little ones. We love this bright pink colourway.

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