We know it's important to conserve space when traveling, particularly if you're flying or backpacking and don't have the space luxury of a car. But that doesn't mean you have to give up the supplies you'd need to take advantage of an impromptu picnic opportunity. These five picnic essentials are small, light, and totally portable, so you can be ready for a picnic whenever, wherever!
1.Opinel Carbon Blade Folding Knife, $11.95 from Opinel: Small and light, we love this knife for picnics.
2. Coghlan's Tablecloth, $5.50 from REI: put down this heavyweight vinyl tablecloth for an instantly clean surface.
3. Waiter-Style Corkscrew, $1.87 from Amazon: As I've said before, I always like to have a corkscrew with me when I travel, precisely for picnics!
4. German Surplus Utensil Set, $12 from West America: this stainless steel full-sized utensil set comes from a knife, fork, and spoon, along with a can and bottle opener. And they hardly take up any space because they all stack together. Perfect!
5. Collapsible Cup, $7.99 from Restoration Hardware: this stainless steel disc expands into a cup that'll hold four ounces. When you're finished, collapse it back down and secure it with its cap, to keep the whole thing clean and dry.
Want to combine a few of these elements? You could get something like this Italian Camping Utensil Set ($29.95) which includes a knife, fork spoon, can opener and corkscrew, or this 4-Inch Camping Steel Detachable Knife ($5.75), which has all the picnic utensil essentials!
What do you carry with you for impromptu picnics while traveling?
(Images: as linked, except Opinel knife via Tumblr)