You may have procrastinated a few months too long to plan an international getaway this summer, but don't fret. Rest and relaxation can be as close as your backyard if you know how to pack a picnic just so. All you need is the sun, grass, and a few accessories — and we can help with that last part.
We selected 10 bright essentials to make your al fresco dining experience this close to four-star hotel service. The key is to pack light and use multipurpose pieces, like straws that double as spoons, and a cork screw that also chills your wine, so you can spend more time taking it easy. So, grab your lacquer bento box (more on that later), and head for the hills.