7 Perfect Picnic Baskets to Bring Along for Summer Adventures
This story originally appeared on Foodandwine.com.
Whether you’re planning an afternoon in the park or an all-day beach hang, packing some sustenance is key. But we’ve tried stuffing a blanket, snacks, plates, and a bottle (or two) of wine into whatever tote bag we have lying around, and (spoiler) it’s not pretty.
No, you need something a little sturdier. From traditional baskets complete with entire dining sets to collapsible coolers and cutting-edge wagons ready to wheel in feasts, we’ve picked seven helpful hampers that’ll make your summer adventures a breeze.
'Piccadilly' Wicker Picnic Basket
This vintage-inspired basket is practically made for a romantic date: Inside the easy-access double lid, you’ll find plates, napkins, and glasses for two. Oh, and don’t forget the corkscrew inside the roll-up flatware pouch!
To buy: $77 (originally $86); amazon.com
Sunflora Picnic Backpack
Finally, a roomy carrier perfect for a crowd. Its main compartment is insulated and large enough to easily fit food and drink for four. And if you like your drinks ice cold, this backpack comes with an insulated bottle cooler bag as well as a detachable waterproof pouch for ice to place inside your main compartment.
To buy: $70; amazon.com
AmeriHome Retro Style Picnic Cooler
For cool vintage vibes, bring this bright red beauty poolside. The plastic-lined interior holds up to 18 cans and keeps everything inside nice and chilly. Packing bottles? No worries — this cooler has a handy bottle opener attached to its side.
To buy: $54 (originally $84); walmart.com
Picnic Time Wine Country Tote
There’s no reason you can’t have happy hour outdoors. This tote has enough room for two bottles of wine plus a cutting board and cheese knife.
To buy: $44; homedepot.com
Oniva Cooler on Wheels
Why walk when you can wheel? This cooler is the convenient answer we’ve been looking for.
To buy: $50 (originally $55); nordstrom.com
Coleman Outdoor Picnic Wagon
Need even more wheeled support? This accordion-folding wonder can hold up to 200 pounds and has sturdy terrain wheels that will take you anywhere. We’re happy to jump on this bandwagon.
To buy: $120; crateandbarrel.com
Picnic at Ascot Insulated Folding Picnic Basket
The lightweight aluminum frame of this folding basket makes it that much easier to stuff it with sandwiches and sodas. And what’s even better, it folds flat for storage on all those days you aren’t picnicking.
To buy: $43; amazon.com