To reduce the need for carrying too much equipment, the most useful picnic ware can do more than one thing.  Cases and covers that can become tables or contain condiments, or bags that transform into personal picnic blankets reduce the number of things to be transported.

A single utensil that can do the job of two or three reduces the weight and space needed.  Materials such as Tritan (copolyester) and Nylon (polyamide) make a utensil that can offer a cutting edge but that is safe enough to place in the mouth.