My reviews and buyers guide is designed to help you find the best picnic backpack in 2020.
Traditional picnic baskets are beautiful to look at but they arent exactly practical and are often rather heavy to carry. Would you lug a picnic hamper on a hike? No me neither thats why Picnic Rucksacks are such an awesome invention!
These all in one Picnic Sets/Cool Bag Rucksack are one of my favourite outdoor eating tools for convenience and practicality. They are easy to carry, lightweight and contain all the basics (and some added extras) for enjoying the perfect picnic whilst hiking or on the beach.
Here’s my shortlist of the best Picnic Backpacks on the market in 2021. Each link is a clickable buy link to save you time.
Scroll down below this list more in depth reviews of each chosen picnic rucksack.
My love of picnics springs way back to childhood when my parents were gifted a Vonshef Picnic Backpack one year. It came all over the UK with us, every camping trip, beach day and hike until it literally fell apart!
My mum thought her portable Picnic Bag was a revolution in picnic wear – easy to carry but still had everything she would normally carry in our picnic hamper. Dad was thrilled with the Vonshef picnic set too…no more backache trying to lug an Insulated Cool Box up hill! (we were eating out in the 70s long before he could have bought a Picnic Trolley)
With so much choice the five picnic backpacks I am reviewing in depth are 2021’s best selling backpacks for picnics on the market right now.
My detailed Buyers Guide and Best Picnic Backpack FAQs can be found after the reviews. Main things I looked at when reviewing picnic sets to recommend these five amazing portable picnic sets were:
- Contents of the backpack (Plates, Cups etc)
- Weight & Height
- Size (2, 4 or 6 person)
- Construction (Material, Zippers, Strapping, Insulated Rucksack))
This elegant Picnic Rucksack is both practical and stylish with its traditional French Twist fabric.
I love this picnic backpack because it’s just that bit different in the design and therefore it has a few uses! Its fish jaw opening style makes the insulated cooler compartment the largest I tested (it actually fits 26 cans of coke in!). So I have also used this as an extra cool bag for shopping, and as carry on for plane rides (I can pack for a weekend in it).
I was drawn to buy and review the bag because of its elegant and practical Design. I loved the french twist fabric, carry handles in the top and how the Picnic Blanket was added. The Waterproof picnic blanket can be taken separately with shoulder strap or handle strap, or can be carried by 2 D-rings on backpack
All accessories in the INNO STAGE Wide Open Large Capacity Picnic Backpack for 4, are top grade and durable. From the wooden handle Cheese/butter knife and corkscrew to the stainless steel salt & pepper shakers with letters S & P. The main bag with two-way zipper and fish jaw opening is make it easy to pack, use and clean.
My hubby does the carrying for our hikes and said this was the most comfy pack for him. The picnic ruck strap pads were thickly padded.
For those wanting to protect the earth (who doesn’t these days) the shopping board is made from sustainable rather than plastic one. Everything is reusable cutting down n your single use plastic footprint!
Personally with its multiple uses i think this picnic backpack/cooler bag/carry on luggage option is great value for money. Of course you can always check prices here.
WHAT IS IN THE INNOSTAGE Large Capacity Picnic Backpack for 4 People:
1 X Picnic Blanket;
4 X Stainless Steel Tableware with Plastic Handles;
1 X Cheese/Butter Cutter;
1 X Bottle Opener;
2 X Salt & Pepper Shakers;
1 X Natural Wooden Chopping Board;
4 X 9″ Plastic Dinner Plates;
4 X Non Shatter Plastic Wine Glasses;
4 X Cotton Napkins.
Backpack Dimensions: 44 x 34 x 18.4 cm
Blanket Open Size: 148cm x 130cm
Hardwearing and stylish picnic backpack that will last for years
Whether you’re planning a picnic activity, going camping or heading to the beach, the Sunflora Backpack has everything you need. Be proud to present for any occasion with this stylish four person Picnic Backpack in choice of Black, Blue or Buff Grey.
Made of high quality Cationic fabric with PU decorating, comfortable, anti-water material, non-fraying stitching, extremely hardwearing and strong zippers, it will last for years. The insulated bag is the size of the backpack so you can pack any meal you wish. There is also a very handy detachable waterproof pooch for ice or cold beer, it wont wet rest of the backpack.
The matching blanket also features a waterproof PEVA backing to keep you and your belongings dry even in the damp ground. When not in use, the rolled-up picnic blanket attaches neatly to the side of the backpack with plastic buckles.
WHAT IS IN THE Sunflora Picnic Backpack for 4 Person:
4 x Stainless steel forks/knives/spoons with polypropylene handles
4 x Uni-body high quality plastic wine glasses
4 x polypropylene dinner plates and 4* cotton napkins
2 x Salt/pepper shakers
1 x Stainless steel cheese/butter knife with Sapele wood handle
1 x Corkscrew wine and beer bottle opener with Sapele wood handle
1 x Bamboo chopping board
1 x Bottle holder
1 x Detachable picnic blanket
Backpack Material: Cationic Fabric
Backpack Size: 40 x 32 x 20cm
Blanket Open Size: 147 x 127cm
Style and function are the name of the game with this on-trend picnic backpack
This HappyPicnic 4 Person Insulated backpack is both durable, looks good and full of useful features. It comes in a unisex-friendly khaki-grey shade and is made with high quality durable polyester with a trendy tan faux-leather trim. It also has very comfy adjustable padded and elasticated straps so taking it hiking is fine.
All of the contents are fully washable and reusable, and a matching picnic blanket (in the same cute tartan print as the napkins!) with a waterproof backing is included too!
This 4 Person Picnic Backpack is thoughtfully laid out, with a blanket holder on one side and space for two large bottles on the other. The main compartment is roomy, and well-padded, with a foil insulated compartment measuring approximately 16×12 inches. Padded with extra thick foam this will keep food or drinks cold/warm for hours and better yet it’s easy to clean after use.
The double-zippers construction of the insulated food section makes it easy to fully open and pack. Moreover there’s a detachable and leak-proof pouch for use with fruit, ice, or whatever you need!
This backpack isn’t the cheapest on the market (Click to see latest Amazon Price) but you do get a lot for your money included in the price, and it’s a high-quality pack.
WHAT IS IN THE HappyPicnic Insulated Picnic Backpack (4 Person):
4 x stainless Steel cutlery (4x knives, 4x forks, 4x spoons)
4 x 9″ plastic plates
4 x blue and grey check cotton napkins
4 x plastic wine glasses
1 x stainless steel salt and pepper shakers
1 x bamboo cheese board (lovely little extra!)
1 x cheese/butter knife with wooden handle
1 x WATERPROOF PICNIC BLANKET – it is portable to use separately as well
1 x corkscrew/bottle opener with wooden handle
NOTE: All items are securely stowed in individually designed pockets and compartments
Backpack Material: Durable high quality brushed polyester, with PU leather trim, thick elastic bands & straps
Backpack Size: 40 x 32 x 20cm
Blanket Open Size: 147 x 127cm
This Super Deluxe 2 person Picnic Backpack Hamper has all of the essential accessories for a fantastic picnic a deux!
There is heaps of space within the Greenfield Super Deluxe Backpack so you can get a full picnic, drinks and pudding in it. It’s insulated food holder, two food containers and separate insulated bottle holders keep the picnic in place as you walk.
The insulated compartment uses IceTech+ (four layers of premium materials) to stop heat penetration, ensuring the food and drink can be kept cool or warm for 5-7 hours.
My hubby felt the bag was heavy given it was only for 2 people. Moreover with the lack of padding in the straps he found it uncomfortable to carry. I also heard him complain that the bag felt lumpy because things were not packed well.
My issue was with the way it was packed – the salt and pepper shaker kept coming loose and the forks scratched the plates whilst it was being carried. The blanket only comes on the deluxe version, which is also standard on many picnic rucksacks half the cost.
Made from high quality 600D Polyester, the backpack is both durable and lightweight. That’s the speil from the makers in the brochure hubby disagrees on both fronts) he felt the stitching isn’t great either. For the current price click here.
WHAT’S IN Greenfield Collection Super Deluxe Picnic Backpack Hamper For Two:
2 x Polycarbonate Wine Glasses
2 x Stainless Steel Insulated Mugs
1 x Stainless Steel Flask
2 x Melamine Plates
2 x Sets of Stainless Steel Cutlery (2 x Spoons, 2 x Forks, 2 x Knives)
2 x Food Storage Boxes
1 x Cutting Board
1 x Cutting Knife
1 x Waiter’s Friend (corkscrew)
1 x Bottle Stopper
1 x Salt and Pepper Shaker
1 x Tidy-Up Bag
2 x Mulberry Red and White Check Napkins
1 x Mulberry Red and White Check TableclotH
Comes in choice of Forest Green, Mulberry Red or Navy Blue
Basket Dimensions:42cm (1ft 4″) x Width 32cm (1ft) x Depth 21cm (8.3″)
Everything you could need (and more) for a four person picnic is in this durable backpack
Made from high quality 600D Polyester, the Greenfield Super Deluxe FOUR person backpack is very durable if a little on the heavy side once filled with food. I wouldn’t hike with this but perfect for slinging in the car for a beach day out.
This super deluxe picnic backpack hamper has all of the essential accessories for a fantastic picnic for up to four people.
There is heaps of space within the backpack so you can get a full picnic, drinks and pudding in it. It’s insulated food holder, two food containers and separate insulated bottle holders keep the picnic in place as you walk.
The insulated compartment uses IceTech+ (four layers of premium materials) to stop heat penetration, ensuring the food and drink can be kept cool or warm for 5-7 hours. See the current price of this picnic backpack here.
WHAT’S IN Greenfield Super Deluxe Picnic Backpack Hamper for 4 (Forest Green):
- 4 x Melamine Plates
- 4 x Sets of Stainless Steel Cutlery (4 x Spoons, 4 x Forks, 4 x Knives)
- 2 x Plastic Food Storage Containers
- 1 x Wooden Cutting Board
- 1 x Cutting Knife
- 1 x Salt and Pepper Shaker
- 1 x Tidy-Up Bag
- 4 x Forest Green and White Check Napkins
- 1 x Forest Green and White Check Tablecloth
- 4 x Polycarbonate Wine Glasses
- 1 x Waiter’s Friend
- 1 x Bottle Stopper
- 4 x Stainless Steel Insulated Mugs
- 1 x Stainless Steel Flask
- 1 x Picnic Blanket
Basket Dimensions: 33cm x 40.6cm x 25,4cm
Best Picnic Backpack Buyers Guide
I looked at five key elements of all great Picnicware when choosing which top five Picnic backpacks to review. These five important criteria were:
- Contents of the backpack – Type, quantity and quality of the picnic accessories
- Weight & Height – Is it compact and light enough to take hiking as well as to the beach?
- Size – Is it for 2/4/6 Persons?
- Construction – Are the materials used hard wearing, will zippers last, padded straps or not?
- Price – Is it value for the money based on all the above?
Contents of the Picnic Backpack
The perfect Picnic Backpack for me will have all the essentials I need for a picnic and maybe a few added extras. My hubby doesnt want to be carrying half the kitchen on his back during a hike. SO essentials every Backpack must have include:
- Plates – 7″ or larger (high quality non bpa plastic is fine and lightweight)
- Cups/Glasses (again plastic is fine but must be quality or stainless steel)
- Cutlery (I prefer metal for this as plastic doesn’t cut well)
- Bottle opener
- Knife of some kind
- Blanket (look for waterproof backed)
Weight & Height of Backpack
The backpack is mostly bought because its easier to transport about, so heavy and cumbersome arnet words I want to read in a review when recommending products. The shoulder strapping on even the best packs isn’t as good as a true hiking rucksack so you want to be sure when the Backpack is full of picnic food its not a dead weight.
I think 3KG empty is about the most i would recommend a Picnic Pack should way (and thats a 4 person one). You can be carrying up to 5kg of food and drink so again think about all those added extras you can get in a backpack – are they essential to your picnic experience.
Height – well again its more about size equalling extra weight. So bigger isn’t necessarily better. You want an insulated compartment where you can fit in enough food for your walk or trip. However we all know picnic expand to fill space so beware the larger the Picnic Backpack the heavier it will be!
Size - (2/4/6 Person)
Are you a retired couple who just need a pack for yourselves or are you a young couple planning on expanding the family soon? If its a gift still consider carefully who you are buying the pack for as these are built to last many years. We have a four person pack to fit the family and bought that before the little people came because we knew we would need more settings soon enough.
We have only been able to review two and four person Picnic Backpacks because there are currently no Six person backpacks on the market. If you come across one please let me know in the comments and I will review it. I did review a Picnic Basket for Six People and a Six person Picnic Holdall if you need a larger picnic setP
I don’t know about you but our Backpack gets hammered on our Picnics, far more so than our luxury Picnic Baskets which only come out for finer dining. Our backpack has been all over the Cairngorms, dragged about Spain & France and is still going strong after four years (we have added new plates & cups in that time to refresh the pack).
I recommend all our picnic backpacks because they are excellent in five key areas of build:
- Great fabric is used (waterproof, easy clean & strong)
- Strong zippers (because when you cram it full zippers can break)
- Well insulated food compartment or two (we like the ICE+ ones)
- Strapping (well padded and strong)
- Easy to clean all parts of the Picnic Pack
Its important to note none of the insulated compartments will work as well as a cooler box because they don’t have the vacuum sealing. However most good oes will keep your food warm or cool for a good length of time, far longer than a normal Rucksack. If you need more space for food etc you should consider an Insulated backpack instead. However they don’t come with any accessories for eating.
Price - Is your Picnic Backpack value for money?
Value for money is so important to us as a family. All our picnicware is going to be well used and need to be robust, easy to use and clean and last over time. So we base our value for money on this fact.
That said I also think it’s important what items you get in the pack as well. We demand all the essentials are in there, plus I always like a lightweight chopping board, ice bag, flask & mugs and napkins in anything we pick.
Your wish list to find the best picnic backpack might be different but I hope this review of my five outstanding, value for money backpacks will help you find yours.
Best Picnic Backpack FAQs
Whats the difference between a Picnic Basket and a Picnic Basket?
Picnic Baskets are the traditional choice for outdoor dining, made for carrying a short distance from the car or home.
Picnic Backpacks are the modern way to getabout and eat out, easier to carry, more robust and waterproof too. And they free up your hands to carry extra stuff like a beach tent, or picnic seating with you!
You have to look at when you are more likely to be going to eat out – if its on a hike then a backpack is the way to go.
If your all about a drive out and meal in a nice setting, lazy afternoons and relaxation then get a Picnic Basket. You can really elevate the picnic experience by dining from a foldable picnic table and bring some nice picnic chairs as well.
Whats the easiest way to clean my Picnic Backpack?
Always check the labels from the manufacture before cleaning. Personally I wipe mine out with my favourite lemon non bleach cleaning spray from Scentsy. When its got filthy on the outside i close up the insulated compartment to protect it and machine wash on 40 deg and NO SPIN!
The blanket and Napkins etc I machine wash as well and avoid the spin to keep them in great condition.
Whats the difference between an Insulated Backpack and a Picnic Backpack?
Insulated Rucksacks are bags that just have one or two large, well insulated compartments (they are better known as cool bag rucksacks). They are designed for people who might need a work bag which can stay waterproof and keep lunch cool. They don’t have any Picnicware inside them but may have buckles to carry a Picnic Blanket, but are not supplied with them.
Picnic Backpacks come with an insulated compartment (maybe not as large or good as the insulated rucksack) and all the essentials you need to dine out on the move. Backpacks also come with many added extras like a chopping board, bottle opener, flask etc.
Have you used any of these Picnic Backpacks? Then please leave your review in the comments box below. Is your favourite picnic backpack not on the list? Be sure to let me know in the comments below so I can review it.
Last update on 2021-05-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API