Picnic baskets are the most important accessory for any picnicker. These handy tools are great for getting your food around in a light but strong case without it bouncing around or crushing delicate food items. But these accessories are more than just a box with handlebars. In the last years, new technology and greater interest in portability has improved both the quality of these items and the availability of designs. With this, is also a resurgence in vintage styles that were before common place items, but are now much sought after.
For starters, instead of just the old-fashioned wicker and willow woven models, there are now a whole slew of materials available to construct one of these. Polyester is probably the most common. It's strong, light and long lasting as well as soft so it doesn't annoyingly dig into you like a wood model would. Totes and caddies are now also designed with picnicking in mind. These models are practical in other realms and now lend this pragmatism to the casual picnicker.
Also, the realms of these items have expanded greatly. Instead of just picnicking in the park, there are now models aimed at picnicking while on camping trips, at the beach, for wine drinkers, for tailgaters, and for practically every scenario. These models are designed with special compartments and accessories that make picnicking all the more easier for their target audience. For example, wine drinkers can now find models that hold glasses safely as well as keep their bottles chilled to prevent any damage to the flavor. These often come with accessories pursuant to the activity like a wine key and a cheese board and knife.
Waterproof and insulating materials have also become much desired amenities that are found on many models these days. Waterproof materials makes clean up and maintenance much simpler and helps your model last longer. Insulating material puts a cooler inside your basket and protects your food from excessive heat that could quickly destroy fresh vegetables and fruits.
Classic styles have also come back into fashion. Many vintage models from decades ago have become a much sought after item on auction sites online. Manufacturers have begun offering classic wood styles of wicker and willow baskets with quilted interiors as a reminder of a simpler time. These models still come with many of the amenities listed above in addition to their look.
So if you're just getting into picnicking, now is a good time. You can find complete packages with everything you need in one space. With so much focus on the different styles of picnicking, you're more than likely to find a model that suits you just right.
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