By Sera Akdogan
Summer is in full bloom, and the warmer weather has us dreaming about outdoor activities in the sunshine. There’s nothing better than an afternoon picnic in the park with your loved ones, or spending the day relaxing at the beach. Being outside in nature with a book or your favourite snacks is one of the simpler pleasures in life. Whether it’s a romantic date with your sweetie, a solo trip, or a fun family outing, we’ve listed our favourite outdoor essentials to get you set up for your adventure. From the beach to the park, we’ve got you covered, all summer long.
A modern twist to the traditional picnic basket, this trendy backpack features an insulated compartment to keep your food and drinks cool for longer periods of time, making it ideal for outdoor dining. It’s also large enough to pack a picnic for four people.
The food at your picnic is quite obviously the star of the show. You can pack all the usual items here (sandwiches, fresh fruit and salads), but keep the temperature of the day in mind. Bringing a cooler or insulated backpack is crucial to keep food fresh and cold in the heat. Avoid bringing foods that will melt the minute they hit the sun (chocolates, cream cheese, butter, popsicles, ice cream, etc). A safe bet is keeping everything in separate sealed containers (your dips/sauces separate from your salads and veggies), with plenty of napkins handy to clean up any spillage.