8 Things You Need to Get Picnic Perfect This Spring

8 Things You Need to Get Picnic Perfect This Spring, Local Essentials, Picnic Basket, Marin Magazine



This blanket provides a dry, clean place to sit anywhere, anytime. Great for beaches, festivals and parks, it resists water and punctures and folds away to pocket-size in seconds. Matador Pocket Blanket, $30, REI (Corte Madera) 




Made from Straus organic cow’s milk, Wagon Wheel was Cowgirl Creamery’s first foray into developing a large-format aged cheese. A reliable cooking cheese and a great choice for a cheese board, this one does it all. Cowgirl Creamery Wagon Wheel cheese, $24.95 per pound.




Like all other Hint flavored waters, this one’s free of any calories, diet sweeteners or preservatives, but it does have 60 milligrams of natural caffeine for a little boost. Hint Kick, $20 for a case of 12.




Marin Gourmet sprouts its own garbanzo beans and uses no added oils to make a spread that’s both nutritious and low fat. Ideal for any cheese or Mediterranean plate. Marin Gourmet Hummus, $4, 




Light and flaky, these crackers provide a neutral base for a cheese or spread, yet are sturdy enough to support most toppings. Win-win. Rustic Bakery Olive Oil and Sel Gris Flatbread, $9, rusticbakery.com




Inspired by classic English picnic hampers, here’s a basket with everything you need for a picnic for two, including tableware, linens and serving tools. Canterbury Picnic Basket, $280, Williams Sonoma (Corte Madera) 




A botanical facial lotion made with hemp stem cells, organic hemp seed oil and pure plant essential oils protects your skin and nourishes it for a complexion that glows. Andalou CannaCell SPF 30 facial lotion, $15.




Keep the sun out of your eyes and your hair down with Golden Gate Raptor Observatory’s baseball hat, suitable for men and women. Golden Gate Raptor Observatory cap, $19, 


This article originally appeared in Marin Magazine’s print edition with the headline: “Picnic Perfect”.


Kasia Pawlowska

Kasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include travel, trends, mushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is never-ending.