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Must-have gear for your next picnic

A proper picnic requires more than just food. If you’re looking to perfect the art of the picnic, here are some essentials that will keep you going all summer long, whether you’re casual or more serious about picnicking.

Blanket for the novice: Target picnic blanket

Target picnic blanket
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Add some food appeal to your picnic with this polyester blanket from Target, with a built-in handle perfect for toting. $19.99; target.com

Blanket for the pro: Fatboy picnic lounge

Fatboy picnic lounge
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This oversized picnic blanket will fit your whole group. It also has a special pocket for your keys and phone and a strap for carrying. And it only resembles a rug — the weather-resistant material makes it easy to clean. $232.59; amazon.com

Cooler for the novice: IKEA cooler

IKEA cooler bag
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IKEA knows a thing or two about bags — its blue shopping bags are probably the best 99 cents you can spend on a storage bag. For a no-frills, convenient cooler, you can’t go wrong with its cooler bag. $5.99; ikea.com

Cooler for the pro: Ascot Trellis picnic cooler for four

Bed Bath & Beyond picnic cooler
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An actual picnic basket can be a bit unwieldy, which makes this cooler/picnic set combo from Bed Bath & Beyond ideal for lugging around the city. It comes with a compartment filled with plates, glasses, forks, knives and spoons for four, as well as a cutting board, napkins and a corkscrew. Bonus: The cooler also separates food and wine. $97.99; bedbathandbeyond.com

Utensils for the novice: Flying Tiger picnic box set

Flying Tiger picnic box set
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For the one-off picnic, pick up a set of dining ware for four (including plates, utensils, cups and napkins) at Flying Tiger. $8; flyingtiger.com

Utensils for the pro: Wüsthof knife set

Williams Sonoma knife set
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If you’re all about the cheese and charcuterie, keep this Wüsthof four-piece set from Williams Sonoma handy for all your slicing, cutting and wine-opening needs. $49.95; williams-sonoma.com

Game for the novice: Card games

Go Fish
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For some easy entertainment at your picnic, grab a game like Go Fish. $6.89; amazon.com

Game for the pro: Bocce ball

Crate & Barrel bocce ball set
Photo Credit: Crate & Barrel

Up your outdoor gaming with this bocce ball set from Crate & Barrel. $149.95; crateandbarrel.com

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