8 Things You Need to Get Picnic Perfect This Spring

Savor the longer days outdoors with these snackable, packable treats.

 

IN THE POCKET

This blanket provides a dry, clean place to sit anywhere, anytime. Great for beaches, festivals and parks, it resists water and punctures and folds away to pocket-size in seconds. Matador Pocket Blanket, $30, REI (Corte Madera) 

 

 

ROLL ON

Made from Straus organic cow’s milk, Wagon Wheel was Cowgirl Creamery’s first foray into developing a large-format aged cheese. A reliable cooking cheese and a great choice for a cheese board, this one does it all. Cowgirl Creamery Wagon Wheel cheese, $24.95 per pound.

 

 

GET YOUR KICKS

Like all other Hint flavored waters, this one’s free of any calories, diet sweeteners or preservatives, but it does have 60 milligrams of natural caffeine for a little boost. Hint Kick, $20 for a case of 12.

 

 

CLUB MED

Marin Gourmet sprouts its own garbanzo beans and uses no added oils to make a spread that’s both nutritious and low fat. Ideal for any cheese or Mediterranean plate. Marin Gourmet Hummus, $4, 

 

 

FLAKE OUT

Light and flaky, these crackers provide a neutral base for a cheese or spread, yet are sturdy enough to support most toppings. Win-win. Rustic Bakery Olive Oil and Sel Gris Flatbread, $9, rusticbakery.com

 

 

TABLE FOR TWO

Inspired by classic English picnic hampers, here’s a basket with everything you need for a picnic for two, including tableware, linens and serving tools. Canterbury Picnic Basket, $280, Williams Sonoma (Corte Madera) 

 

 

HEMP DAY

A botanical facial lotion made with hemp stem cells, organic hemp seed oil and pure plant essential oils protects your skin and nourishes it for a complexion that glows. Andalou CannaCell SPF 30 facial lotion, $15.

 

 

TOP BILLING

Keep the sun out of your eyes and your hair down with Golden Gate Raptor Observatory’s baseball hat, suitable for men and women. Golden Gate Raptor Observatory cap, $19, 

 

This article originally appeared in Marin Magazine's print edition with the headline: "Picnic Perfect".

 

Categories: Currents, Kasia Pawlowska