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What Is a Picnic Bag?

7th Nov 2023

What Is a Picnic Bag?

Picnic bag on a picnic table

Finding the perfect picnic bag, also known as a picnic basket or picnic hamper, is an essential part of enjoying an outdoor meal. These functional and eco-friendly bags ensure that your food and tableware are stored safely and conveniently. The Australian National Maritime Museum Store offers a variety of stylish and practical picnic bags to suit your needs, making it easy to plan the perfect picnic.

The History and Terminology of Picnic Bags

The term "picnic basket" has its origins in France, where the word "hanapier" referred to a case for goblets. These early picnic baskets were initially designed as portable wicker wine carriers for travellers. Over time, the concept evolved to accommodate a variety of foods and tableware, transforming these baskets into the food containers we know today.

As the functionality of picnic baskets expanded, the term "picnic hamper" emerged as another name for these handy outdoor meal companions. The evolution of picnic bags has led to a diverse range of styles and designs, all aimed at making your al fresco dining experience as enjoyable and convenient as possible.

Types of Picnic Bags and Their Features

Traditional woven wicker picnic baskets have been popular for many years, offering a charming and rustic aesthetic. Some of these baskets come with insulated compartments to keep hot and cold foods at the right temperature, along with dishware such as wine glasses and porcelain plates. Pockets for cutlery, condiments, and corkscrews are also common features in these classic picnic baskets.

In addition to traditional wicker baskets, modern picnic bags are available with special storage sections for items like wine bottles and detachable blankets to sit on. These contemporary designs provide added convenience for outdoor dining experiences. Another innovative design is the car-friendly picnic hamper, which clamps over the seat at the back of a car. These hampers come with built-in iceboxes and slide-out trays, ensuring that your food stays fresh and easily accessible during your journey.

What to Pack in Your Picnic Bag

When planning a picnic, it's essential to pack a variety of delicious and convenient foods. Common picnic items include sandwiches, pies, fruit, and pre-made salads. Opt for items that require minimal preparation to make the process more enjoyable and stress-free.

Additionally, consider packing eco-friendly utensils and tableware to reduce waste and contribute to a sustainable outdoor dining experience. By choosing reusable or biodegradable alternatives to disposable plastic items, you can enjoy your picnic while minimising your impact on the environment.

Eco-Friendly Picnic Bags from the Australian National Maritime Museum Store

The Australian National Maritime Museum Store offers an impressive variety of eco-friendly picnic bags to suit a range of tastes and preferences. With high-quality craftsmanship and unique designs, these bags are both stylish and practical for any outdoor dining experience.

Featured products include the Picnic Bottle Bag Navy Stripe, Picnic Lunch Bag Navy Stripe, Picnic Cooler Bag Retro Tile, Picnic Cooler Bag Tall Barrel Retro Tile, and the Picnic Bottle Bag Retro Tile.

We encourage you to explore the store's full range of eco-friendly products, ensuring that your next picnic is not only enjoyable but also environmentally conscious.

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Perfect Picnics Made Easy

Choosing an eco-friendly and functional picnic bag is crucial for creating memorable outdoor dining experiences. The Australian National Maritime Museum Store offers a diverse range of high-quality, eco-friendly picnic bags to cater to various interests and preferences. By shopping at the store, you are not only finding the ideal picnic bag but also supporting sustainable and responsible consumption. Explore the Australian National Maritime Museum Store's collection of eco-friendly products here.