Top Rated Picnic Backpacks to Make Carrying Food & Drink EASIER…

By Charlie Winters •  Updated: 09/30/19 •  12 min read

You throw everything into a large holdall, get to your picnic spot and find that food items have leaked or you have damaged utensils.  This is when a picnic backpack comes in really handy.

Picnic backpacks are easy to strap over your shoulders and make them better to carry and therefore, don’t strain your wrist or arm which carrying regular bags can cause.

They are also ideal for securely fixing your food items, utensils, drink bottles in place to prevent damage or leaks but the layout inside the bag makes carrying easier.

Picnic Backpacks

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Apollo Walker 2 Person Picnic Backpack

If you’re looking to buy a more affordable type of backpack for picnics then this Apollo Walker lightweight backpack is ideal for those looking for good quality at a cheaper price.

On one of the zippable sides is a cold food storage area that is ideal for placing your sandwiches or salad items into to keep cool.

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On the other side is where all the cutlery and plates are kept securely fastened inside.  There is also a separate and detachable compartment for placing a flask or a bottle of wine in.

This helps as it keeps the bottle from squashing food, means you won’t have to dig around for it and will also keep it upright and prevent spilling.

Included in the package are an assortment of plastic and stainless steel items to ensure your picnic is a success.

Pros and cons


  • LFGB food grade approved
  • Cutlery & Plates are Dishwasher safe
  • Much easier than carrying a hamper
  • 6 great colours to choose from
  • Insulated compartment to keep food cool
  • Padded straps to prevent chafing
  • Very good value for money
  • Small side compartment for valuables


  • Doesn’t have chest straps


Low price but good value

This low priced picnic backpack represents really good value for money.

Basically, you have everything you need to go for a leisurely stroll by yourself or with a loved one and take food and drinks with you.

The cutlery, plates, blanket, and bag aren’t heavy-duty that will last tens of years but at the price, they will easily last 4 to 5 years of regular use.

Backpack Material (600D Polyester)

600D polyester is widely used in the manufacture of bags and outdoor products.  Polyester has become more popular as it is strong but also much more cost-effective to produce.

The ‘D’ after the 600 denotes ‘Denier’ and this is the thickness of the fabric.  (The higher the number the thicker the fabric).

Insulated Food Area

The side compartment for storing food that needs to be kept cool works perfectly.  All you need to do to ensure the cool temperature of your chilled section is to buy a couple of small cool packs.

Lightweight Picnic Backpack

Weighing under 2kg’s before you add your picnic food means that it’s not strenuous on your back.  This way of carrying food is far easier than trying to carry a picnic hamper by the handles.

A lightweight picnic backpack can be comfortably carried on the back of an adult and by either sex, regardless of your size.

Separate Compartments

There are so many little (and larger) compartments meaning that you can store lots of items separately.

This can often mean there’s no squashing of items, no clinking of glasses and most important no breakages.  There is a side pocket where you can keep keys or money whilst walking.


This Apollo Walker picnic backpack is ideal for couples that decide to go on a walk and stop off at a park or parkland for a bite to eat.

It’s lightweight, has all the essential items you need for a small, intimate picnic without costing a fortune.

If you’re looking to buy a cheap 2 person picnic backpack that is good value for money then this product is ideal for you.


Greenfield Collection 2 Person Picnic Backpack

If you’re looking for a fantastic 2 person picnic bag then this product by Greenfield Collection is ideal as it comes pre-packed with all the essentials you need with an abundance of space.

In the front, you can keep all your cutlery secured using straps and elasticated holders.

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Whilst, the rear compartment, and the bottle holding sections are insulated using their patented IceTech+ technology.

There are two pockets on the very front of the backpack to store small items such as keys or mobile phones, with webbing to ensure they are secure.

All compartments feature YKK zips to allow for quick and secure access.  With this, you can expect to receive everything you need for a perfect picnic.

Pros and cons


  • Stainless Steel Cutlery
  • Bamboo Chopping Board
  • Secure Straps
  • Patented Thermal Insulation
  • Insulation good for up to 7 hours
  • Comfortable straps (padded)
  • Secure, zip closures
  • Valuable storage area


  • A little heavy (but this is a minor flaw)


All You Need

This picnic backpack is prepacked with all the essentials you need for a picnic.  They have everything you need from wine glasses, cutting boards, and even salt and pepper shakers.

Durable Material (600D Polyester)

Using polyester helps reduce the weight of the backpack, some users have complained that it is slightly heavier than alternatives but that’s due to it being loaded with all the essentials.

With it being 600D, this indicates that it’s made of thick, quality polyester – there’s a reason they offer a 2-year warranty!

Insulated Compartments

Each compartment is insulated and is able to keep your food warm/cool for up to 7 hours.

Here’s a quick tip, if you have cold items then if you put an ice pack in there you will find that it stays cool for much longer than 7 hours (weather dependent).

Wine Storage

What’s a picnic without a little bit of wine to relax with?

There are two compartments that can easily fit a full bottle of wine, making it ideal if it’s a romantic picnic in the park you’re after.

Multiple Compartments

There’s plenty of compartments to store different items, meaning you can keep your colder food/drink separately to the warm options.  Warm apple pie with ice cream for dessert anyone?


This Greenfield Collection backpack is ideal for 2 persons as it has everything that 2 people would need and all neatly fitted into one bag.

It’s pretty lightweight and has all you need for a romantic picnic.  So if you’re after a 2 person picnic chest that can be carried on your back then this is up there with the best available..


Greenfield Collection Super Deluxe 4 Person Picnic Backpack

If you’re a group of 4 and are needing something with that extra bit of space then this is the best option for you.  There’s plenty of storage space for all your essentials.

On the side is two compartments that can comfortably fit bottles of wine, perfect for those summer evenings.

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A bonus about the super deluxe edition is that you receive a blue picnic blanket that gives you ample space. When you receive this, you’ll have everything you need for the perfect picnic.

Pros and cons


  • Durable Design
  • Stainless Steel Cutlery
  • Bamboo Chopping Board
  • Webbing Straps
  • Thermal Insulation Up to 7 Hours
  • Insulated Flask
  • YKK Zips
  • Generous Storage


  • Quite heavy (but it is for 4 people…)


Moisture Resistant Picnic Blanket

You’ll receive a picnic blanket with the backpack, it’s 1.35m by 1.48m so there’s ample space for all 4 guests and your food.  Using this will give your guests a clean, dry space to rest on and stay off the ground.

It’s also machine washable so don’t worry about getting it dirty, after all, that’s what it’s there for.

Adjustable Shoulder Straps

The straps are adjustable so it can comfortably fit on any sized shoulders.

They are also padded so you can be confident knowing that you will be as comfortable as possible carrying this backpack.

Abundance of Space

As it’s made for 4 people, there’s plenty of space for all your food and drink.  Everything is packed neatly, to make maximum use of the space available within the backpack.

My tip is to try to pack everything back the same way as when it arrives, this will help you maximize the space in future picnic adventures.

High-Quality Cutlery

The cutlery is 300 series stainless steel with plastic handles, they feel strong in your hands and you can tell they are high quality.

You’ll also receive a knife specifically for cutting, it slices through cheese with ease.  Also, you’ll get a sturdy bamboo chopping board to use alongside it.

Waste Bag

Once you’ve finished off with your picnic, there’s a handy bag to fill with all your waste.  This can be reused so it’s a positive way to help tackle climate change.


This Greenfield Collection backpack is ideal for 4 persons as it has all the necessary parts that 4 people would need for the perfect picnic, they all neatly fit into one bag.

It weighs around 3.2kg so it’s quite comfortable to carry on your back but you can always switch between the group who is carrying it as the straps adjust easily.

So, if you’re after a quiet picnic in the fields with your friends then this is the ideal backpack for you and your small group.


Vonshef Picnic Backpack

Whilst in the other reviews we’ve clearly mentioned using these types of backpacks for picnics but as you can imagine they are ideal for lots of other uses too.

A friend of mine was recently part of a group of people that did the ‘Jogle walk’ which is walk in the UK from John O’groats to Lands End and they used one of these.

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Rather than using it as a picnic backpack, they removed the plastic wine glasses and cutlery and used the holders for different items.

I did know that they either placed fruit shoots or Lucozade bottles into the wine glass holders and I think they placed thin packets of sweets in the cutlery holders.

One thing they did say was that by placing those items in the holders in this type of backpack helped to distribute the weight better for the person carrying it than using a traditional rucksack.

Pros and cons


  • Choice of 2 stylish colours
  • Padded straps for more comfort
  • 600D Polyester bag with a waterproof outer layer
  • Insulated cooler section to keep food cool
  • Detachable drink holder


  • Can get heavy when full


Wine Holders

The wine glass holders are great but they actually enable you to slot alternatives into them rather than using them just for wine glasses.

You can use them for different types of drink such as; bottles of beer, small pop bottles for the kids and even for milk for your cups of tea or coffee (Use an ice pack to keep your milk cool).

Simple Design

When carrying a rucksack or backpack you don’t want any complication.  All the zip pockets and different compartments are easily accessible and can be fully closed with the zip fastener.

The handy loop at the top of the bag can be used to prevent laying the bag on the floor and be hooked from a branch to prevent it from getting dirty or damp on the ground.

Waterproof Outer layer

Unlike many of the backpacks available to buy, this one clearly states that the material is 600D and has a waterproof outer layer.

This is ideal because we all know how good intentions of a picnic on a nice day normally end up with a spot of rain.


With this product, you are getting a large backpack that is ideal for up to and including 4 people.  That means that even if there are less of you, you still have ample room for extras and treats.

The backpack hamper represents good value at the price and can be expected to last several years if maintained properly.