The word picnic comes from the French “pique-nique,” a term referring to a Middle Ages practice of eating an elegant meal outdoors. It used to be an interlude from hunting, but later evolved into the al fresco respite from kitchen tables that we love today. And our hunting is now just a bit more focused on this stylish gear-to-go. 

picnic style

Picnic basket or purse? Yes, with the Hermès Mini Kelly picnic handbag in Osier wicker, Jaune de Naples Swift leather and palladium hardware. Price upon request, Hermès, hermes.com

picnic styleDress for summer in Ba&sh’s Ilona maxi dress with a sun-approved seersucker headscarf print featuring halter-top ties and hip cutouts. $654, ba-sh.com 

lip balmInfused with lemon and mint essential oils, Oribe’s Balmessence lip treatment hydrates post-hot heat. $44, oribe.ca

picnic lemongrass sprayCrafted with lemongrass, geranium and lemon eucalyptus essential oils, Diptyque’s new Summer Essentials body spray doubles as a natural mosquito repellant. $76/100 ml, diptyqueparis.com

picnic blacnktStylish fun in the sun starts with sage green foam beach rackets by Sunnylife. $50, holtrenfrew.com

picnic blanketYeti’s brand-new, limited-edition Alpine Yellow collection brings a splash of sunshine to rugged outdoor feasts everywhere. $25 to $480, yeti.ca

picnic essentialsLet there be (night) light with Menu’s lightweight and portable Carrie LED lamp with a brass or powder-coated base and detachable handle. $257, informinteriors.com