I declare picnic season officially open! Get ready for a summer of meals on the move with these stylish and practical picnic must-haves.
Call of the wild
Ditch the uninspiring tableware and go wild with these cool safari print plates by illustrator Yvonne Ellen. Your opportunity to spot the big five, while eating your five a day.
Hop to it
Table for six? This super-sized Kissing Rabbits blanket is the perfect impromptu picnic perch – waterproof bottom to prevent damp derrieres and big enough for the whole family plus a couple of strays.
Keep things plastic-free with this neat little cutlery set from See For Yourself. It even includes a cute re-usable straw (and cleaner), for stylish, plastic-free sipping. This (cotton) pouch-full of goodies is available from Hertfordshire’s first zero-waste shop, Bamboo Turtle. Right on!
Put a lid on it
It’s safe to say, salads, dips and puds don’t travel well. Avoid spillages and pretty up your picnic table with this set of three melamine bowls with lids.
Sleek steel storage
This practical lunch box from House Doctor is available at the super-cool MAP stores in Harpenden. Not only is it plastic-free storage (Tupperware has definitely had it’s time, right?!), but it’s also v. retro, and is bound to be a talking point on your next al fresco outing.
Raise a glass
Plastic glassware has come a long way. In fact, this acrylic ribbed range from Zara Home is so good I might avoid breakages and use them at home. Elegant, stylish and your wine, gin, or Pimm’s will look and taste the business.
£4.99 – £17.99
Now we all work from home, briefcases are redundant. Not this one from Oliver Bonas. Like a James Bond gadget it goes from bag to barbecue. Perfect for grilling on the go.
Keep your cool
Breeze towards your picnic spot with your spread gliding behind you. This brilliant 30L cool bag from John Lewis makes lugging all the kit practically effortless.
Table for four?
Picnicking just got serious – and we’re here for it. A foldaway table and benches is the future of al fresco on the go dining. It’s not exactly lightweight, but who cares when you don’t have to try and drag yourself off the floor.
There is nothing worse than tepid wine. Before you hunt for the ice packs decant your sauv blanc into a 1.8L Chilly’s bottle and your good to go. It keeps liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours.
Keep it outdoors
Say goodbye to squashed sarnies and hard-boiled eggs with over 100 mouth-watering recipes in Laura Manson’s The Picnic Cookbook: Outdoor Feasts for Every Occasion, in partnership with the National Trust. These meals-on-the-move range from picnics to barbecues and campfire food, plus NT picnic spot suggestions peppered throughout.
Keep things eco-chic with this neat little cutlery set from see For Yourself. It even includes a cute re-usable straw (and cleaner), for stylish, plastic-free sipping. This cute cutlery pouch is available form Hertfordshire’s first zero-waste shop, Bamboo Turtle. Right on!