What to Bring to a Picnic (That Won't Harm the Planet)

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Since we’re now approaching the final few weeks of summer, a lot of people are wanting to get out and enjoy the outdoors while the weather is still hot and sunny.

There’s really no better way to do that than with a picnic.

A picnic is the perfect complement to any outdoor activity, but it can just as easily be enjoyed on its own, as the main event. All you really need to plan an awesome picnic of your own is a little forethought and preparation.

If you’ve ever wondered what to bring to a picnic, then read on! This list is full of great products that will kick your picnic game up a notch, all without harming our precious planet.

Because it just doesn’t make sense to plan a special event around enjoying the outdoors and have that event harm the environment in the long run, does it?

Not at all!

Here are the top-tier picnic essentials you’ll want to pack for an eco-friendly picnic:

An Off-Beat Picnic Basket

The first thing you’ll need to secure when you’re considering what to bring to a picnic is, of course, a picnic basket. After all, you’re going to need something sturdy to put everything else in!

But you don’t need to get bogged down by tradition, here. A picnic basket doesn’t need to be made from wicker with a double-hinged lid and a gingham lining.

Why not try this colorful handwoven teardrop basket from GlobeIn? Or this absolutely stunning Red Tetera Basket Bag from HOPE MADE?

If you want to leave the whole “basket” idea behind, you could even go for a nice tote bag, like this one from Apolis that says “It’s all in the Bag.” Trust me, if you follow the list, everything you need for an awesome picnic WILL be in the bag!

The Perfect Picnic Blanket

If you want to avoid grass stains or sand in your shorts, you’re going to want to pack along a comfortable, yet durable blanket for your picnic.

The Mehari blanket from ABLE is an excellent choice. It’s handwoven in Ethiopia from 100% Ethiopian cotton, and will hold up to plenty of picnics in the years to come.

A Few Compostable Place Settings

Even if you’ve packed exclusively finger foods, you’re still going to want plates for each person along with cups to drink from.

I mean, just because you’re dining outdoors doesn’t mean you have to “return to nature” and start drinking wine straight from the bottle. Although if that’s what you want to do, I’m not here to judge. It’s your picnic.

For everyone else, try Preserve’s line of compostable plates, cups, and straws. They come in different sizes and colors so you can get exactly what you need.

Some Fancy Cloth Napkins

Cloth napkins are the perfect choice to pack for a picnic for many reasons. Not only are they really pretty and environmentally friendly, they also don’t blow away in the wind!

To add some extra nature to your nature, pack these Pine Print Napkins from Good Cloth that feature a beautiful block print of- you guessed it- pine needles.

Don’t Forget the Wine

If your picnic spot allows alcohol, then a bottle of wine would pair perfectly. And if you’ve run out of room in your basket or you’re worried about crushing the brie, you can always carry it along in the Sunset Hill Bottle Holder from Alchemy Goods!

Maybe Even a Seed Bearing Lollipop or Three

When you’re done enjoying them, you can plant the sticks in the ground, where their seeds will grow into beautiful plants to mark the occasion.

On your next trip to your picnic spot, you may have a few more flowers to enjoy!

This three-pack from Amborella Organics tastes like peaches and will grow Marigolds. Can you think of a better way to end your picnic? A dessert, activity, and commemorative item all in one, I’d say these lollipops top the list of things to bring to a picnic!


Kayla Robbins
DoneGood Contributor

Freelance writer working with bighearted businesses who want to better our world.

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