Don’t forget your picnic essentials this year and make outdoor dining more enjoyable with our handy five essentials below.

1. Cosy on down on the ground

You’ll need a comfy barrier between ground and you during your picnic, so we thought this bright blanket (£7) from Tiger would do nicely.

Tiger, Crossrail Place

2. Carry your picnic in style

This cute kissing squirrels hamper (£100) can carry a mountain of food, cutlery and crockery for either a family of four or a group of friends.

The kit consists of plates, cutlery, wine glasses, napkins, a bottle opener/corkscrew and salt and pepper shakers.

Waitrose Food and Home, Canada Place Mall

Kissing squirrels hamper, £100, Waitrose Food and Home
3 . Outdoor drinks dispenser

This hefty drinks holder (£4.50) can hold up to 3.8 litres, which can either be a great way to keep you and your picnic companions hydrated - or a perfect punch carrier.

Robert Dyas, Canada Place Mall

Outdoor drinks dispenser, £4.50, Robert Dyas

4. Layer on that suncream

Ok, it’s the least exciting of the lot (yes, blankets excite us), but it’s the most important of the lot really, so make sure you pack a little SPF before you head outside. There are plenty of choices at Boots, starting at £3.

Boots, Canada Place Mall

Strawberry print cool bag, £6, Tiger

5. Keep your cool

You don’t want all your food getting warm, so keep it at the right temperature with this very sweet strawberry print cool bag (£6).

Tiger, Crossrail Place