Both picnic baskets and insulated cooler bags have come a long way. So far, in fact, the two are no longer mutually exclusive. Insulated picnic baskets are becoming the al fresco hamper of choice.
The classic picnic set saw a massive transformation with the introduction of picnic backpacks – a picnic design we love.
But now, we see the classic picnic hamper catch up to modern picnic needs. As we see with the gorgeous collapsible picnic baskets on the market, the formerly ugly cooler bag has become more of a design statement than mere practicality.
Picnic basket coolers are here to stay and will only get better.
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Types of Insulated Picnic Baskets
These days, insulated picnic bags are an expectation rather than the exception. While classic wicker picnic baskets don’t always have insulation built-in – yet, many are including insulated inserts to add modern practicality to the classic design.
Picnic basket coolers don’t always have to be the classic wicker type either. The picnic basket is getting a modern makeover and cooler bags have evolved.
Modern technology and materials, ergonomics, sturdy handles and closures, and fashionable design are all core features. Some modern insulated picnic bags also feature a complete picnic set with everything you need for your portable feast.
While keeping your picnic food cold or even hot is paramount, so is the design of your insulated picnic basket.
We have sourced insulated picnic bags, including insulated wicker picnic baskets, that all have insulation at the core of their design but also appeal to varying tastes, budgets, and picnic styles.
5 Stylish Insulated Picnic Baskets
From full service insulated wicker picnic hampers to collapsible insulated picnic sets and contemporary multi-use picnic basket style cooler bags.
Picnic at Ascot Collapsible Insulated Picnic Basket for 4
In the realm of insulated picnic baskets, the Picnic at Ascot Collapsible Insulated Picnic Basket with Service For 4 is one of our top picks.
- It is substantial in size.
- Fully insulated to keep food and drinks at their optimum temperature for hours.
- It also has a full picnic set for four people.
It really is the complete package.
With a modern take on the classic picnic basket design, the Picnic at Ascot Collapsible Insulated Picnic Basket has a sturdy leakproof lining for easy cleaning, a zip shut basket style opening, lightweight aluminium frame with padded handles and durable canvas outer shell. It also has a lifetime warranty which speaks volumes about the quality of this picnic basket.
The big winner of this insulated picnic basket is not just the modern design and full package features, but it also folds flat for easy storage.
- Will hold up to 65 lbs (29.5kg)
- Open Measurement: 18.5″W x 11.5″D x 11.5″H (47cmW x 29.2cmD x 29.2cmH)
- Picnic Service Set includes: Set for four people – 9″ melamine plates & napkins, stainless steel flatware, acrylic wine glasses. Assorted picnic set designs available.
Picnic at Ascot Original Insulated Picnic Bag with Service for 4
Taking it up a notch, the sophisticated yet practical Picnic at Ascot Original Insulated Picnic Cooler with Service for 4 offers a larger insulated picnic hamper, with divided cooler compartments to allow drinks to be kept on ice, while food stays cool and dry.
It also includes a few more accessories in the picnic set, such as a corkscrew, chopping board, and wooden salt and pepper shakers.
The zip-top access has a clever separate quick grab opening for drinks ensuring food stays at its optimum temperature.
The bag has an adjustable shoulder strap and carry handles for easy transportation no matter how loaded up your picnic hamper is.
- Open Measurement: 14.5″ wide x 10.5″ deep x 12.5″ high (36.8cmW x 26.7cmD x 31.7cmH)
- Picnic Service Set includes a combination corkscrew, hardwood cutting board with juice groove, cheese knife, salt & pepper shakers with non-spill tops, acrylic wine glasses, 9″ coordinating melamine plates, stainless steel flatware and cotton napkins. Assorted picnic set designs available.
- Lifetime warranty.
Willow Weave Insulated Picnic Basket for 4 With Removable Wood Table
This Willow Weave picnic basket with a cooler has the lot. A beautiful classic wicker-style hamper made with natural hand-woven wood chips has thoughtful and clever design features.
First, let’s talk about the clever integrated wooden table to hold wine glasses and serve food on. The lid has folding metal legs creating a stable 12″ table. The table has space to hold four wine glasses securely and serve food.
Insulated lining keeps food at optimal temperatures and folding wooden handles make it easy to store. It also has a full picnic set for four people with quality accessories.
- Basket Dimensions: 12″ x 12″ x 7.5″ (30.5cm x 30.5cm x 19cm)
- Picnic Table Dimensions: 12″ (30.5cm)
- The picnic set includes: quality stainless steel flatware, melamine plates, wine glasses, a bottle opener, salt and pepper shakers, and a removable wooden wine table.
Happy Picnic Insulate Wicker Picnic Basket Set for 4
The best of both worlds with this beautiful classic wicker picnic basket from Happy Picnic. It has a full set of picnic wear for four people and, a fully integrated insulated compartment inside.
Made from durable and naturally steamed willow, this picnic basket has been designed to last. The custom lined cooler compartment will keep your food fresh for hours and long-lasting leather-look straps and finishes keep everything in its place even when transporting.
In addition to a full set of picnic wear for four people, this insulated picnic basket also comes with a large waterproof picnic blanket that secures to the side of the basket when not in use.
This beautiful insulated wicker picnic basket is also available in white as a 2 person picnic hamper.
- Basket Dimensions: 17.8″ X 11.8″ X 7″ (44.2cm x 30cm x 17.7cm)
- Picnic Blanket Dimensions: 57″ X 47.2″ (145cm x 120cm)
- Picnic set includes: quality stainless steel flatware, 7″ melamine plates, wine glasses, matching napkins.
AllCAMP Outdoor Gear 32 Ltr Insulated Picnic Basket
For those who want a contemporary take on the classic picnic basket and don’t want all the added extras, this is the insulated picnic basket for you.
I really like the simplicity of the modern design. And while it looks good, it is built for purpose. With a strong and flexible frame and durable outer shell, the basket is designed to fold flat for easy storage.
The interior leakproof insulation layer is easy to clean and will keep food hot or cold for hours. It also comes with 2 ice packs.
Large enough to hold 40 cans (300ml) or 20 bottles (550ml), you will have plenty of room for all your picnic needs.
- Overall size: 18.5″ x 10.6″ x 10″. (47cm x 27cm x 25.5cm)
- 32L capacity
- Comes in 2 shades of grey.
Get More Tips for Perfectly Simple Picnics
Picnics should be simple. These tips for picnic perfection will help simplify any of your al fresco dining endeavors.
Insulated picnic baskets maintain the temperature of your food and drinks, keeping hot items warm and cold items chilled for longer periods, preventing food spoilage. They provide a stylish and convenient way to carry your food and drinks. This makes them ideal for picnics, outdoor events, or long travel days.
Look for insulation quality, size, durability, and ease of carry with sturdy handles and a waterproof or water-resistant exterior. Some baskets have additional features like separate compartments for hot and cold items or pockets for cutlery and plates. Some will also come with a complete set of plates, cutlery, and glassware.
Yes, you can use an insulated picnic basket for hot food – we recommend them. However, you should ensure that the basket is designed to maintain hot temperatures and has adequate insulation to keep your food warm.
To clean an insulated picnic basket, remove any food or debris from the basket first. Then, wipe the interior and exterior of the basket with a damp cloth and mild detergent. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that can damage the insulation or exterior of the basket. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for deeper stains or spills, as some baskets may have machine-washable removable linings.
Some insulated picnic baskets are waterproof while some will only be water resistant. You should check the product description or label to determine if the basket is waterproof or water-resistant if this is an important feature for you.
Yes, using ice can help keep your food and beverages colder for a longer time. For loos ice, ensure the insulated compartment is completely waterproof. We recommend using ice packs to ensure there is no water leakage and food stays dry.