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Roundup April, 21 2014

Selectism Buyer’s Guide | Picnic Essentials for Spring 2014

Spring is here. With 65-degree weather and the revival of grass we jump on the chance to wear shorts and lie on a beach towel in the park. Take it a step further and catch a break at a picnic, snap some selfies, get a tan, and bond with friends. We bring a list of items together here for you to start planning your small outdoor get-together.

 

RS Barcelona Mon Oncle Portable Grill

We add this unique portable barbecue to our list thanks to RS Barcelona. The grill is a vintage-style briefcase shape, making it perfect for picnics and other on-the-go activities. The grill is designed to be small and easy to use, while still maintaining serious cooking power. ($387)

 

Graf & Lantz Felt Wine Bottle Carrier

This bottle holder from Graf & Lantz is made of high quality wool felt and adjustable leather straps. It will most definitely keep your bottle of choice — be it standard wine or champagne (or orange juice, we won’t judge) — safe. ($150)

 

Kurikyu Wooden Bento Box 

Don’t ruin your proudly made sushi or exquisite salad by packing them in plastic tupperware. These crafted lunch boxes are made of Japanese Akita cedar and cherry bark, so they’ll visually complement your delicious looking food. Great for Instagram flexing. (oval $190; round $210)

 

Best Made Co. Hobo Knife

The Hobo Knife from our friends at Best Made is an incredibly versatile and portable cutlery set. Use it as it comes, a solid locking blade pocket knife, or easily disassemble it to create a separate fork, spoon, and bottle opener as well. ($26)

 

Izola 25-oz. Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Every picnic needs a few water canteens or personal water bottles. These pieces from Izola is sure to keep your beverage/soup of choice hot or cold. ($44)

 

Snow Peak Ti Single 450 Colored Cups

Snow peak is one of our favorite brands for practical, yet cool travel goods. These mugs are available in cool anodized colors, and feature easy grip fold out handles. These are great for the hard-core camper as well, as they can be used directly over a flame for heating and cooking. ($36)

 

Mason Shaker 

This Mason jar martini shaker is the perfect drink-making accessory on-the-go. The jar is durable and simple making it a great picnic companion. Mix up a little mimosa or simply sip your own juice with ease. ($30)

 

Cuppow Jar Drinking Lids

Coupled with the above shaker, these Mason jar drinking lids are ideal additions to your next picnic. They convert common jars into drinkable, spill-free containers. Pack and seal your favorite liquids into sealable jars and simply replace the seal lid with a Cuppow for easy drinking. ($9)

 

Retro Coolbox

This unique cooler is a much more interesting way to carry around your drinks for the day. But we suggest using it when your picnic location is close by as this might get a bit heavy for a long hike. Available in other colors. ($87)

 

Stanley & Sons Logo Tote

Pack all the above picnic essentials in this Stanley & Sons “Apron and Bag” Company Logo tote. With close attention to detail, they are made from thick 24-oz cotton canvas and hand screen-printed which slowly break to become a beautifully worn look. ($203)

 

Klippan Vinga Blanket

Unless grass stains are a mission, (which totally could be the case if you’re breaking in a pair of new jeans) then don’t bother with a blanket. For the rest of you, we suggest a proper wool blanket for the picnic occasion. Family-run Swedish label Klippan makes this comfy blanket from 100% lambs wool.   ($100)

 

Ultimate Ears UE BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker

The UE BOOM is easily the best sounding cylinder-style Bluetooth speaker we have tested. The speaker packs impressive highs and bass that fills space very well while retaining a clean sonic signature. We could not recommend it more. Available in multiple colors. ($200)

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