More than likely, you’re either attending or hosting a Thanksgiving that’s morphed into a potluck of some sorts. Which is why you need to make sure you’re not just using any old Tupperware to get that apple pie with the immaculate braided crust there in one piece. (And let’s not forget the leftovers.) Here’s what you need to make sure everything travels well before and after dinner. After all, nothing ruins the mood more than spilled gravy.

1. Pie Box

You didn’t know you were missing a box for pies in your life, did you? Made out of sturdy, unfinished pine, the PieBox will keep your 9 inch beauty from crumbling. Spring for the extra leather strap to help carry your pecan pie to Grandma’s house and if you’re not a big pumpkin pie fan, think about putting the CakeBox, CookieBox, and or BiscuitBox to use instead.

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2. Cupcake Carrier

A tiered cupcake carrier is non-negotiable if you’re transporting anything over a half dozen. This collapsible carrier is great for storing in a small apartment and you can also use it for a cake by taking out the inserts.

3. Cake Boards

If “investment pieces” aren’t your thing when it comes to baking, look to these cheap, disposable cake boards to transport your chocolate bundt cake. Simply cover in tinfoil and hit the road. 

4. Takeout Containers

Whether you stockpile these from your favorite Chinese restaurant or order them online, these classic to-go bowls are great for reheating leftovers in the microwave. Plus? You can send home extra turkey and stuffing with guests when the party’s over and not have to hound them for your meal prep containers next week.

5. Insulated Casserole Carrier

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This insulated carrier lets you leave your house with a piping hot green bean casserole that’s ready for the table when you get there. A real lifesaver if you’re short on oven space and want to give the host a break from reheating and micromanaging everyone’s contributions. 

6. Pyrex

A kitchen classic with a simple, clean design that looks great on any table. Use these as serving dishes and cut down on the amount of platters you’re going to have to wash after your turkey is settling. Also? They’re dishwasher, refrigerator, and microwave safe.

7. Mason Jars

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If you’re assigned the cranberry sauce, the classic mason jar is the best way to go. It’s cheap, and more importantly, won’t leak in your bag or over your Thanksgiving outfit.  

8. Paper Towel Roll

Perhaps your potluck assignment requires a serious knife. Make sure you don’t end up in the E.R. with this neat little trick. Use a cardboard paper towel roll and some duct tape to create the perfect knife sleeve. Squeeze the edges of one side together, fold over (about a half inch) and seal with duct tape.  

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Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC’s best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.
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