Picnic Items

California Picnic Items

California Picnic Items

Picnic Backpacks, Baskets & Coolers

California Picnic ItemsEveryone loves a picnic, especially if the weather is perfect and the day is long. Leave early and stay late!

From local parks to county parks, freeway rest stops to mountain meadows, Californians love to get outdoors and enjoy themselves.  Planning a day hike, usually involves bringing food along. And we’re not talking fast food either.

Bring your own food and snacks saves cash (NOT eating out on every meal). Eating ‘en route’ while traveling often means picnicking. Pulling off the main road or highway, parking far from traffic will help keep noises at a minimum.

Tailgating is another popular phrase for drinking & eating near the back of your vehicle. Hatch-backing just doesn’t sound right.


Summer shade w/ a cooler full of food + ocean view. Big Sur Prewitt

Cooler Backpacks

Picnic Backpacks

Picnic Baskets

Picnic Blankets

see also – Tarps and Screen Rooms

California Picnic Items

Picnicking near Tuolumne River, Yosemite NP

California Picnic Items

Best Picnic Spots in California 

Best California Picnic

items to pack

food, snacks, beverages: fruit, cheese, bread, salami, spreads, sandwiches, crackers, chips, pickles. Water, wine, beer, sangria, iced tea, lemonade

jars & bottles – glass is often prohibited on beaches and in certain parks; know before you go!

cutlery & utensils (knife, forks, spoons); cork screw w/ bottle opener

blanket (or tarp) to sit on the ground; picnic tables are not always available

cloth napkins, or a roll of paper towels; paper napkins easily blow away. wet wipes are also great to have.

grill or bar-b-que (if you plan to cook outdoors); check local fire conditions, you may need a free campfire permit to grill w/ open flame outdoors; never BBQ in windy conditions. wildfires are a real danger in Cali. fire safety

ambience: incense, music, dim LED lights; candles, tea light lanterns, tiki torches (flames? if campfires are banned, so are these novelty items)

shade: umbrella, screen tent, easy-up, or just a tarp w/ rope. old sheet is a handy item to carry while traveling, taking up very little space.

clothing: hats, sweaters, jackets, hiking boots, swim suit, beach towel

nice to have: sunglasses, folding chair, pillows, extra blankets, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, radio, water purifier, fishing pole & tackle, board games, deck of cards


California Lake Picnic

Lake Faucherie, California

NOTE: High Sierra is only accessible a few months out of the year.

fishing map

Lake Davis, California

Lake Davis, Northern California



Big Meadows in California