Picnics and vacations have the same spiritual DNA. They're about doing things a little differently, having more fun than usual, and making gorgeous surroundings a recognized food group. From country vineyard lunches to summer evenings in city parks, picnics give us time to savor these slower, more poetic vacation moments.
But some of the magic of picnicking gets lost when you don't have the right supplies. How do you know when you're in need of some travel-picnic basics? When you find yourself trying to slice a runny Brie while holding it in your hand, balancing a greasy slice of salami on your pant leg, or swigging straight out of the wine bottle before wiping your mouth and passing it to your neighbor. Here are eight lightweight and easy-to-pack travel-picnic essentials that will class up every alfresco snack; they're also great for impromptu hotel-room bites and can even help you customize a vacation rental's kitchen.
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