Lifestyle & Parenting

5 Summer Picnic Essentials (Win! A $50 MR.SUB Gift Card!)

May 13, 2018

Ah, summertime. Long lazy days, green spaces buzzing with people and, best of all, plenty of opportunities to break free of the dining room and eat al fresco. But before you head, hungry, out the door, be sure to pack the following essentials—they’re guaranteed to take your picnic experience to the next level. —Noa Nichol


the basket. You could pack your meal in a shopping bag, but a classic picnic basket is so much more … fun! We like this Crate & Barrel number, boasting sturdy leather handles, a fabric-lined interior and (bonus!) serving ware for four.


the blanket. Red and white checks may be the norm, but this Canadian tartan blanket from Kanata Blanket Co., with a moisture-repellant underside, presents a more patriotic way to picnic (and folds into a convenient cover that closes with Velcro, to boot).


the beverages. Picnics and lemonade, lemonade and picnics—the two are practically synonymous. Rather than the frozen stuff, try mixing your own "extra-lemony" version by using the fruit in three ways (its juice, fresh slices and a syrup cooked with the rinds). Pour into mason jars, add lids and voila! Portable homemade lemonade.


the bites. Skip the peanut butter and opt for a true picnic treat: sandwiches from MR.SUB. Not only is Canada’s most-iconic sandwich restaurant (with locations across the country) celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, it recently introduced meats raised without antibiotics to the menu, including turkey, salami, ham and luncheon meat—talk about a tasty on-the-go option you can trust! So, grab a selection of fresh-made sammies and wraps (our personal faves include the Canadian Club, with crispy bacon, sliced turkey, ham and choose-your-own sauce, and the Chipotle, Turkey & Bacon Wrap, with turkey, bacon, crispy onion straws and veggies covered in a smoky-spicy chipotle sauce) and make your summer picnic picture-perfect!


the beats. Just because most picnic sites don’t include electrical outlets doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the music. The JBL Clip 3, currently on pre-order, lets you wirelessly stream high-quality sound from your smartphone or tablet for up to 10 hours without a charge. Oh, and it’s waterproof, too (cue picnics by the pool)!

Win! A $50 MR.SUB Gift Card!

We have a winner! Congratulations to Blair M. of Oak Bluff, Manitoba, who won a $50 MR.SUB gift card!


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