Your Spring Picnic Must-Haves!

Your Spring Picnic Must-Haves!

Begone cold weather, thick jackets, and dead plants! We’re fully embracing the spring season with open, welcoming arms this year. With the grass growing greener, the sun gracing us with its presence, and flowers in full bloom, we wanted to introduce these wonderful picnic must-haves that are perfect for those picnicking days out in the sun! Enjoy!

1. Picnic Blankets

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Picnic blankets are essential for laying out your array of foods and protecting you from any wet grass! This blue and white checkered picnic blanket ($30.99) is an extra large, waterproof, lightweight outdoor blanket that’ll be a staple for your picnicking days. If you’re into a more boho aesthetic, then check out this earthy foldable blanket ($24.99) that includes a faux leather carry handle so that you can easily pack the blanket up and simply carry it with a few fingers. Finally, if you’re a classic red and white checkered picnic blanket type, then we recommend this affordable, packable picnic blanket ($13.54)

2. Picnic Baskets

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Another essential, picnic baskets not only complete the picnic look, but they also make carrying your foods, dishes, and silverware convenient and easy! If you’re looking to splurge on a legit picnic basket, then we recommend this one ($60), which includes 4 place settings, an insulated section to keep your food fresh, and the classic wicker design. The best value basket is this one ($21.99), which is really more of a tote and can also be used for grocery shopping! Now, these baskets can get quite heavy. For those who know there is a very realistic chance of dropping the basket (and all the food inside!), we recommend this picnic backpack ($62.98), which essentially includes the same features as the other baskets, but is much, much easier to carry. On the other hand, simply roll around a foldable wagon ($69.99) around and save the hassle of grunting your way through the grass. Finally, if you’re a true classic, then we recommend this simple, small, and functional picnic basket ($47.01)! 

3. Utensils

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From plastic cutlery to paper towels and napkins, picnicking usually gets pretty messy, which always means there’s a lot of trash. To reduce our plastic footprint on the world, we recommend you use this bamboo cutlery ($16.99), which includes 4 sets of reusable travel utensils and a straw cleaner (for those metal straws!). If you don’t want to bother cleaning all the utensils, then try these disposable bamboo utensils ($17.95), which are biodegradable and compostable! Also, remember to pack your waiter's corkscrew ($11.49) to save the trouble of looking up ways to open wine bottles using your shoe?! (It’s not pretty.) If you need to cut any food, consider this bamboo cutlery ($16.99).

4. Bento Boxes

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Our KPOP Foods Team can’t leave out our favorite, trusty bento boxes ($24.93) when we’re talking about picnics! Spatially convenient, easily packable, and easily stackable, bento boxes are perfect for travelling and/or picnicking. We recommend this simple white bento set ($19.85) if you’re packing for one person. If you’re into a more traditional style, then buy this light wood bento box ($27.90) which is made in Japan. If you’re going for style and comfort, then splurge on this circular wood bento box ($46.22), which is both classic and functional with its attached handle and easy stackability. And don’t forget to pack those ice packs (4-set) ($9.99) to keep your food fresh!

5. Foldable Chairs

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We don’t know about you, but occasionally, the actual act of picnicking isn’t always the pretty, aesthetic, romantic experience that we imagine in our heads. Sometimes, the ground isn’t comfortable, and sometimes, there are also bugs and mosquitoes just itching to get a bite at our food and our bodies. And there are also some that prefer glamping or glicnicking to the full-on experience. If this description is calling out to you, then we recommend splurging on this beautiful swing lounger ($189.99) or this canvas recliner chair ($138.99). For a more affordable option, consider this camping chair ($34.94)! Finally, if you’re simply looking for an easy lounger that supports your back and butt, then try this padded floor chair ($59.99) that can doubly serve as a tanning bed or meditation chair. 

6. Outdoor Games

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While lazing in the sun is always a great idea, spending a whole day doing so can leave some feeling antsy (no pun intended). To spice up your day, try this  double sided game bag set ($85) that features a very large version of backgammon and checkers. For a smaller option, try this mini set. Another popular outdoor game for all ages is spikeball (spikeball set $55.99), volleyball, badminton, and soccer tennis. You can find a sturdy, customizable net set here ($49.99). Finally, for adults in a tailgating spirit, check this outdoor beer pong set ($119.99) out, which has bigger cups and promises a sturdier surface-float to prevent the cups from flying away. (It also floats on water!)  

7. Wine Holders and Charcuterie Platters

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Up your picnic game with these ingenious wine bottle and cup holders ($19.99), which prevent any spillage and stains! To keep your wine chilled all day, buy this insulated wine bag ($14.99), which is not only padded for protection but can also fit four whole wine bottles for a full day of drinking! Pair these wine accessories with a mini cheese board ($18.95) that swivels to reveal 3 stainless steel cheese tools, which makes it perfect for easy packing! If you’re really looking to go all out, we recommend this full charcuterie platter ($65.99) that has 3 hidden compartments: 2 side drawers for extra food placement, 1 utensil drawer (knives, utensils, wine opener, slate labels), and an extra circular platter (for even more food). 

8. Cameras and Speakers

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Jamming out to your favorite tunes while reading a light book or tanning under the warm sun is always a welcome treat. If you’re looking for quality speakers that can withstand Mother Nature, we recommend the UE Outdoor Speaker ($82.88), which is wireless, portable, lightweight, waterproof (it even floats!), and long-lasting. They’ve also included a new, awesome feature: an outdoor boost button that instantly increases the volume and clarity of the speakers, made specifically for outdoor use. A more affordable option are these wireless bluetooth speakers ($25.99) that also have similar specifications! Another must-have electronic are cameras to capture the whimsical, relaxing picnic experience! If you’re trying to get into digital photography, we recommend this beginner digital camera ($129.99). However, nothing says picnic like a one-of-a-kind polaroid photo! Try this Fujifilm Polaroid Set ($109.95), which includes the camera, different lenses, and even different films to try! On the other hand, if you’re a phone photographer, consider this wireless photo printer ($59.99) that makes keeping photo memorabilia easy! 

9. Portable Grills

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Grilling can seem like a whole lot of extra work, but with mini portable grillers, it can be an easy, fun experience that results in some deliciously grilled foods. If you’re all about the aesthetic and the functionality, we recommend a couple of options: the Green Mon Oncle Portable Grill ($380),  the White Mint Pantry Portable Grill ($217.55, pictured above), or the Everdure Charcoal Grill ($199). Looking for a smokier taste? Try the Solikefire BBQ Stove ($159.98). Finally, the best value portable grill is the Cuisinart Charcoal Grill ($29.87), which honestly is the best bang for your buck, while still grilling your foods to perfection! 

10. Easy Dosirak Recipes

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Dosirak is a Korean word for packed meal and is the equivalent of a bento box. If you’ve run out of ideas for picnic foods or are simply looking for new, creative dishes to try, then check out our KPOP Foods recipes! For picnics, we specifically recommend these following recipes: Seaweed Rice Balls, Kimchi Tuna Gimbap, Triangle Gimbap, Pork Lettuce Wraps, KPOP Spam Musubi, Kimchi Deviled Eggs, and Bulgogi Tacos.  People get very creative with these packed meals, creating things like hearts and teddy bears out of rice and other foods! So grab a lunch box with multiple containers and tiers, load them up with these dishes, customize its aesthetic, and enjoy! Side note: You never know when you’ll need some extra sauce, so make sure to include your favorite KPOP Sauce in your picnic basket!