Picnic packs are the next wave in taking a meal out doors and enjoying nature at her finest. While traditional baskets are still available, and have more modern features, many more people are finding that back pack picnic sets are more versatile, last longer, and have many extras not found with other styles.
First thing that is a great feature of a picnic backpack is it's shape. Not matter how nice the product is, traditional baskets are bulky, have inconvenient handles and don't support weight very well over time. Picnic packs have a more sleeker design, and since they are shaped similar to many modern day packs, the straps are designed to put the weight on the shoulders, rather than the hands and arms.
There are many other features a picnic pack has over conventional baskets. There are many accessory pockets on the outside of the pack, where you would find easy to reach items like water or granola bars. They are compartmentalized for your convenience, and have sealed pouches to keep you food items fresh. Some models even have insulation, to keep hot items hot, and vice versa.
Another nice feature about a picnic backpack is that it has complete service settings, accommodating two to four people. This means that just about everything is included, plates, cups, silverware, etc., and are all neatly stored in their own area separate from food contamination. There are even specialty packs available, like an ultimate coffee pack. It has stainless steel mugs and thermos, two spoons, napkins, and even a sealed container for your sugar or creamer. It all comes in a convenient pack that you can 'sling' over your shoulder, and is not much bigger than medium sized belt pouch.
When you are looking to purchase a picnic backpack do some researching first. One of the things you have to decide on is what size and service you want. You should also consider how much it will weigh overall, including food and drink items and anything else you may consider bringing. The service settings should be light weight but as durable as possible, this is where at least half of it will come from. Plastic is a good durable material, and comes in a wide ranges of styles and colors. You will also want to make sure that some of the cutlery is capable of handling the job. You don't want to be in the middle of cutting a sandwich or whatever and have the knife break on you.
Make sure that which ever one you choose has a sturdy pack, and should last a long time of wear and tear. Make sure that the bottom is reinforced, as well as any of the seams and zippers. Check especially well at the bottom and around thing shoulder straps, since this is where most of the stress is going to occur.
Check and compare prices with a number of websites, and it may be a good idea to investigate one of you local mass marketing retailers. This is the only way you are going to get the most for your money. Look at their warranties, return policies and any restrictions that may apply. Each is a little different so it is important to read the fine print.