How To Pack a Wine Country Picnic

Summertime lovingly opens its season to us with longer days of rays, giving us the opportunity to embrace time with ourselves and loved ones. And what better way to spend quality time with others than by packing a picnic and heading to the park, the beach, wine country, or even in your own backyard. Personally, I love everything about the art of picnicking. The fresh air, invigorating dose of vitamin D, and the casual vibe create the perfect setting for engaging conversations with family and friends. It’s here that I want to share with you my very own checklist for how to pack a wine country picnic. I hope this list brings you much joy in preparing your very own picnic experience.

Cheers friends! And please, feel free to join the conversation by leaving your comments at the end of this post. We would love to hear your thoughts on how to pack a wine country picnic.

how to pack a wine country picnic

Must-Have Picnic Essentials

  • Beverages – There are plenty of beverages to choose from in wine country. And you guessed it, my choice of beverage is wine, usually a rosé that I carry in a wine holder bag, like this one. I also like to have plenty of still and sparkling water on hand with lemons to stay hydrated. Or choose fun cocktails, beers, fruit infused drinks, and sangrias that are to-go friendly and housed in fancy cans.
  • Foods – Wine Country offers many foods to curate a picnic with. My top choices are gourmet deli sandwiches, condiments like pickles, pepperoncinis and olives, mustards, truffle chips, and dark chocolate with raspberries or strawberries. Cheeses and charcuterie are go-to essentials served with crusty French bread or crackers. Bougie brownie bites or chocolate chip cookies, always! If you are picnicking in Sonoma Wine Country check out Where to Grab your Picnic Provisions in Sonoma.
  • Picnic Basket – A picnic basket that holds all the goodies like this insulated one from Target.
  • Picnic Blanket – A cozy picnic blanket with some pillows or backrests, maybe some throw blankets if it gets chilly.
  • Napkins – Paper towels, cloth napkins, paper napkins — have plenty on hand.
  • Wipes – Have plenty of wipes for washing hands.
  • Plates – Serving plates, cheese plates
  • Utensils – Spoons, forks, knives, cutting knife for charcuterie or cheese
  • Corkscrew – Don’t forget your corkscrew! I also like to find wines that don’t need a corkscrew, such as a screw cap closure, which is a great sealer for wines and keeps them fresh.
  • Water Bottles – Stay hydrated, sun and alcohol can quickly make you dehydrated.
  • Hat/ Sunglasses – Keep your eyes protected in the sun, good for preventing wrinkles too!
  • Sunscreen – Protect thy skin!
  • Music/ Bluetooth Speaker – Like this picnic playlist from Spotify.
  • Flowers – Flowers can symbolize playfulness like daisies, romance like roses, or your favorite flower just because.
  • Games – Bring your favorite games, our family loves Taco vs. Burrito, corn hole, and Uno.


To keep it chill, ask that everyone bring a dish and drinks to share.


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