GEAR TO GET

The Traveling Picnic

Whether you're setting up a spread in Golden Gate Park or breaking bread on a flight to London, these lightweight dining companions go the distance.

By Caroline Patience, Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 12:00 AM

Clockwise, from top: bag, place mat, snack pouch, water bottle, wine carrier, sandwich guard

BAG
Reisenthel's insulated aluminum-and-polyester tote hauls farmers market finds or picnic fixings with equal ease, and it even works as a durable carry-on. touchofeurope.net, $40.

SANDWICH GUARD
You may get manhandled going through airport security, but thanks to this BPA-free plastic case, your homemade PB&J won't. bananaguard.com, $7.

WINE CARRIER
Made from the same neoprene as a wet suit, Built NY's wine carrier cushions souvenir bottles of Sancerre and keeps contents chilled for up to four hours. builtny.com, $16.

WATER BOTTLE
This sunny, Karim Rashid–designed bottle comes with a built-in carbon filter to make potable tap water cleaner and fresher-tasting. waterbobble.com, $10.

SNACK POUCH
While we love Ziplocs, disposable baggies aren't exactly ecofriendly. Abeego Snack's beeswax-coated hemp cone is easily rinsed out, so today's strawberries won't taint tomorrow's trail mix. betterbabybums.com, $13.

PLACE MAT
Trust us: You want a protective layer between your food and that seat-back tray table. This plastic-lined foldable place mat, in cheeky red and white checks, does just that—and doubles as a Velcro-sealed sandwich wrapper. wrap-n-mat.com, $9.