7 Hipster Picnic Essentials


This hand-dyed tapestry is practical, pretty, and perfect for a summer picnic. Image via Urban Outfitters.

It’s that time of the year, so dust off your picnic baskets and plan a day of R&R. Whether your destination is grassy or sandy and the nature of your outing is platonic or romantic, we’ve got the latest and greatest for your outdoor adventure.


1. Hand-dyed shibori tapestry

Graham Keegan‘s very patriotic and carefully crafted tapestry lays out the foundation for any great outing. Hand-dyed using natural indigo from his own garden, this piece of art is perfect for any picnic – and versatile enough to use as a wall hanging or bed throw when you aren’t taking it outdoors. It’s a subtle way to show your American pride, keep the ants away, support artisans, and look great while doing it.


2. Leather mason jar koozie


Leather Mason Jar Holder by Holdster. Image courtesy of Holdster USA.

Mason jars have made an ubiquitous comeback in the past few years. Instead of being used for homemade jam, these glasses have replaced plastic water bottles, coffee cups, and thermoses alike. Holdster USA bumps them up a notch with this leather koozie, built to last – and to insulate – our new (old) favorite drinking vessels.


3. Shibori napkins


Hand-dyed Shibori napkins by Rhode Island Rustic are eco and chic. Image via Rhode Island Rustic.

Rhode Island Rustic’s one of a kind items handmade and eco-chic, like these rich blue Shibori cloth napkins. Hand-dyed in Narragansett, Rhode Island, they’re reminiscent of the ocean and would be perfect to bring to any picnic or festival. Shibori-dyed cloth will always have slight variations in color and design, so you’ll always have variety – and can tell whose napkin is whose.

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4. Bamboo utensils


Image via To-go Ware.

You know the moment when you use a plastic fork to portion yourself out some pasta salad and as soon as you get the perfect amount – *snap* – the tongs break. Hate that. To-go Ware has created bamboo forks, knives, and spoons to ensure that our dreams don’t get completely crushed and neither will the environment. These utensils are made from renewable materials and are the perfect accessory for any picnic. You may just want to leave one in your purse for the next free samples day at Whole Foods, too.


5. Reusable ice cubes


Image via Terrain.

Picnicking is fun and all, but who wants to lug an annoying cooler to the park? Still, the beverages need to be cold. Wine twirls to the rescue. These frozen beads keep your whites and rosés at fridge temperature for a full 45 minutes. Your spirits will stay high and undiluted – can you think of a better way to hydrate?


6. Eco-friendly food wrap


Image via UKonserve.

An eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags and wrap, UKonserve’s Food Kozy wrap is BPA-free and can be used multiple times. Plus, it doubles as a placemat, making your excursion crumb free.


7. Convertible tote


Image via Anthropologie.

Two things that go perfectly together? Functionality and style. This multipurpose tote bag from Anthropologie is hand printed with reminders of life’s simple pleasures and pairings. It also unzips into a blanket and can be tossed right into the washing machine after picnic time’s over.
Looking for that perfect picnic spot? Here are a few we recommend.

Fort Adams State Park
Historical and vast, there’s no shortage of places to pull up a patch of grass at Fort Adams State Park. Who knows, maybe you’ll hear some residual folk or jazz music reverberating off the stone walls?

Hanging Rock
Get to Hanging Rock, which overlooks Second Beach, via Norman Bird Sanctuary‘s network of trails. It’s the perfect small hike to work up an appetite.

Goat Island
There are no goats here, but there’s plenty of beautiful coastline to admire with views of Jamestown and Fort Adams.

The Point
One of the most historical neighborhoods of Newport, The Point is the perfect place to cozy up and catch a view of the Pell Bridge and pristine Colonial-era homes. Grab your gear and head to Storer Park or Fort Greene; you won’t be disappointed.

Brenton Point
Overlooking Ocean Drive, Brenton Point State Park is home to kite fliers and picnickers alike. It’s the perfect balance of grass and sea, but be aware that it can get a little windy.

Jillian Tullgren is a native of upstate New York, happily transplanted to Newport, RI. A natural born explorer, she enjoys green juice and a daily dose of yoga and is motivated by the idea of endless possibilities and inspired by everything and anything. You can find her at the beach sipping Yerba Mate and planning her next adventure. Follow her on Instagram @gypseachild.


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