Picnic season is upon us, which means it's time to pack a bag and head out to the park. It's been a long winter (isn't it always?) and rainy spring, and we want to spend as much time outside as possible right now. Every meal should be an outdoor meal, in our opinion.
Packing a picnic is always worth the effort, but sometimes it feels like more work than play. If you're armed with the right recipes and you know the mistakes to avoid, however, you next picnic will be a walk in the park (pardon the pun.) The next step is having the right gear.
There are a ton of awesome products designed specifically for picnicking, and each year we're increasingly more impressed with the new picnic accessories. Having the right gear can make all the difference, and using some of these picnic products will make it easier and more enticing than ever to take your meal outside.
Here are nine picnic accessories we're really looking forward to trying out this year:
In this new thermos/bottle from S'well
, drinks stay cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. And the best part is, the 25 ounce bottle holds a full bottle of wine!
That's right -- this bag folds out to create a tabletop surface. It's so clever. The Kelty Pop Duo Picnic Bag
has two compartments, which can be carried as one, and then you can unfold the whole thing to reveal a table. One compartment is insulated for transporting beverages or anything that needs to be kept cool, and the other compartment is for general storage.
Trying to stuff a blanket into your picnic bag is always annoying. It takes up way too much space and you always think you can do without, until you get to the park and realize how much you want something to sit on. This bag
turns into a blanket. Problem solved.
These 100% recycled food containers from Preserve
are also recyclable. They come in all shapes and sizes, so they're fit to carry everything from cookies to quinoa.
These pop up outdoor mesh food covers
keep bugs away and keep leaves from falling into your potato salad by accident. The best part is that they fold down into thin disks, taking up practically no room in your bag.
This compact cheese board has tiny drawers for cheese knives and a wine opener. It's pretty genius, and we want one.
Bringing beer to a picnic can be a little tricky, so we often opt out, even though it's often the one beverage we really crave. Beer-lovers, this six pack cooler
is for you. Now you can enjoy a cold one when you want it most.
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