9 Picnic Gadgets That’ll Impress Even the Grumpiest Teddy Bear

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If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise... 

See, going on a Teddy Bear's Picnic once meant packing a picnic basket filled with jam sandwiches, grabbing a large blanket (and an umbrella) and leaving those home comforts, well, at home. Now though, you can make enjoying the outdoors just as comfortable as being inside, thanks to some seriously clever mobile gadgetry.

From playing music to cooking food, you no longer need to lug around masses of batteries and gas canisters to tame nature to your will. Or spend a fortune impressing your VIP cuddly guests.

Here are some of the best mobile gadgets available today that'll turn any Teddy Bear's Picnic into a gourmet feast...
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1. Bluetooth Speaker

What picnic is complete without music? Certainly not a Teddy Bear's Picnic, that's for sure.

By connecting your smartphone, tablet or laptop to a Bluetooth speaker, the only musical limitations you'll have are those of your imagination. Many music streaming services, including YouTube and Spotify, offer countless songs for free.

With battery lives of around eight hours, these speakers should offer plenty of party favourites for teddy bears. Some are even waterproof for extra safety, too.
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2. Slackline

Warning: Slacklines are seriously addictive!

These are simple toys that turn an otherwise boring patch of nature into a fun park. Simply find two solid points – like trees or posts – and connect the Slackline until it's tight. Once setup, you can make your way across by balancing like a tightrope walker.

It sounds simple, but it's so much fun. Plus, it works your core and legs to help you burn off all those sausage rolls!
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3. Coolest Cooler

Yep, the Coolest Cooler might not be cheap for a cooler, but that's because it's SO much more.

This beast not only keeps food and drink cool, it's also a battery-powered drinks blender, charger, speaker, light and bottle opener – and features plates, corkscrew and a ceramic knife.

You picnic will be more kitted out than most kitchens – and thanks to big, robust wheels, moving it all around is as easy as dragging it along behind you.
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4. LED Lamp

When the sun starts to go down, the picnic doesn’t have to end. There are plenty of portable camping lights that use LEDs to create light without using much power.

That means you can leave the light on for as long as is needed without worrying about batteries or recharging. Most are also water-resistant, so you can even leave it near the drinks where it's needed.
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5. Hammock

Don't settle for sitting yourself – or your teddy bears – on a rug on the bumpy ground!

Snap up a hammock and you can really relax after chowing down on the picnic. Then you can recharge while the little ones run riot, always in sight.

There are options that attach to trees and even ones that have stands to be placed anywhere. If you opt for a freestanding hammock, strong arms to carry it to and from the car are essential.
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6. Jetboil

Carrying a Thermos is one way to get a cup of tea or to cook up some food, but the Jetboil is a better one.

This system uses a tiny portable gas canister, built-in stand and twist-off mug to heat water faster than your kettle at home.

The result is a hot cuppa ready to drink whenever you want it, all in a package that's not much larger than the mug itself. And if you get hungry, drop some noodles into the water and you're good to go.
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7. Picnic Rucksack

Taking everything but the kitchen sink is a phrase that applies to the picnic rucksack.

These beauties not only sit comfortably on the back but manage to cram in – deep breath – plates, cutlery, glasses, napkins, corkscrew, salt and pepper shakers, cheese board and cheese knife to serve four people.

That's what you call one seriously civilised picnic setup.
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8. Portable Barbecue

Upgrading a picnic to a barbecue isn't so hard these days thanks to portable barbecues.

There are lots of options including coal- and gas-based units which vary in size, price and portability.

So if you're planning on doing a couple of sausages or an entire meat platter, there'll be a barbecue that's just right for you.
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9. Laser Tag

Keeping busy and burning off those picnic calories is made so much easier with games, right?

But ball games are so last millennium – Laser Tag is where the fun is. With toy sets that boast change from £15, these are definitely worth a try.

While you might buy them for the kids, we guarantee that you'll struggle to give the little ones a turn after you've started playing...
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Looking for More Ideas To Keep the Kids Entertained?

Whether your child loves to craft on a rainy afternoon, is fascinated by science experiments or can't get enough of painting and drawing, we've got ideas you'll both love...  
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