When we started offering picnic backpacks on Picnic World, we got a lot of questions from our customersnamely, what are the pros and cons of picnic baskets and backpacks? Luxury picnic backpacks are still pretty new to the scene, so of course you'd want to make an informed decision! We'll compare backpacks to baskets using key features so that you can figure out which one fits your lifestyle.
Depending on how you aim to get to your picnic spots, you'll have different needs than others. Some people prefer to drive to the local park and find a nice, grassy knoll to spread out on. The mountaineering type might anticipate trekking at least an hour through a rocky trail to find the perfect cliffside perch. If you're more of the former type, a basket would be just fine for you! But if you plan to haul your goods yourself, you'll have a much easier time with the backpack. Trying to carry a nice basket through rough terrain is just a recipe for stiff shoulders and dirty wicker.
The picnic baskets and backpacks in Picnic World's catalogs are actually priced very similarly! One of the most affordable two-person baskets in our catalog is the Sutherland Festival Picnic Basket, which has a charming, gingham-patterned interior and a complete set of plastic cutlery and dishes for two. On the other hand, one of the most affordable picnic backpacks is the Picnic Time Zuma Insulated Backpack, which comes in a variety of colors and features two separate sections for food and gear storage. There's only a $10 difference between the two, making them both quite within reach.
One thing that picnic backpacks tend to have over baskets is their food storage capabilities. Even the lowest-priced backpack features thermal insulation, while you'll have to look to picnic totes for the same thing. Since backpacks are meant to be in direct contact with your bodyand thus your body heatthermal insulation is really important for them to have. With baskets, temperature changes are not as much of an issue, though your food will lose heat or chill over time.
Both backpacks and baskets come with everything you'll need for a successful picnic! Though the more deluxe models can include wine openers, thermoses, wine glasses, salt and pepper shakers and more, every model will at least have the basics: plates, napkins and cutlery.