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Make a Quick Getaway

Keep a roomy tote or basket stocked with picnic essentials—plates and cutlery, napkins, salt and pepper, and a bottle opener, plus sunscreen, bug spray, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and a trash bag for cleanup—and you'll always be ready to go. To take your outing to the next level, try these nifty accessories:

Water-Resistant Blanket
Hanel and friends swear by the Pendleton Glacier Roll-Up Blanket ($299;, a deluxe model with a snap-off, waxed-cotton bottom. To weatherproof any blanket in a pinch, bring a few yoga mats to place underneath. Spacewise, plan for nine square feet per picnicker.