As the weather heats up, and summer approaches, thoughts often turn towards al fresco dining. Many people love to venture outside to enjoy a picnic during the warmer weather, and there are a number of accessories available for people to help them enjoy the food in prime condition when they want to eat. Whether going for a lazy day on the beach, or planning a more strenuous hill walk here are some cool bags & accessories that are very useful.
Keep it cool!
Cool bags are an absolute essential when going out for a picnic during the summertime. Whilst during other times of the year, it is unlikely that your sandwiches and other foodstuffs will spoil before they are to be eaten, the warmer temperatures experienced at this time of year can play havoc with your meal. This problem is of course magnified if you are keeping your picnic in the car before it is to be enjoyed. Packing your meal and drinks into a set of cool bags for picnics can give a better chance of keeping your food in prime condition.
Get yourself a sturdy basket
Unless you are looking to hike for a good few miles before eating, it is a good idea to keep your picnic in a sturdy basket or box. Stuffing your food into a rucksack is often a one way ticket to squashed sandwiches and crushed crisps, but packing it carefully into a basket or hamper can help to keep it in the condition it was in when it was prepared.
Other essential picnicware includes plates, glasses, cutlery and serving utensils. Plastic picnicware is often preferable to glass, crockery or metal due to the fact that it is far lighter. This consideration is hugely important if you are in fact planning to eat halfway around a large hike. Similarly, if you are going to enjoy your picnic with small children or clumsy adults, plastic plates and glasses are much less likely to break if dropped.
Planning ahead and stocking up on all of the essentials for transporting and eating your picnic can make the dining experience feel far more enjoyable, and help to keep your food in pristine condition.