Es­sen­tial items for al fresco din­ing.

Countryfile Magazine - - Contents - Re­views Joe Pon­tin, pho­tog­ra­phy Steve Say­ers

Cerami­vac Go Vac­uum bot­tle Stan­ley, £31.99 0115 784 5942, leisure­out­let.com This flask car­ries 475ml – a mug-full and a top-up – and has a metal loop to hook it to the out­side of your pack. The ceramic mug’s ‘smooth-fired feel’ is per­haps over­stated but it’s a well de­signed con­tainer, with a wide mouth (good for clean­ing) and should keep drinks hot for up to six hours. Kick­back Breeze Chair Cole­man, £29.99 www.cole­man.eu This comfy lit­tle bucket chair col­lapses quickly into its stuff sack, mak­ing it easy to carry to your pic­nic spot. At 2.5kg, it’s not ul­tra­light, but the af­ford­able price tag is a bonus. Boul­der flask GSI Out­doors, £15.99 www.gsiout­doors.com Keep your spir­its high with this pocket-sized booze bot­tle – a prac­ti­cal, mod­ern take on the laird’s sil­ver hip flask. Salt&Pep­per Plus Light My Fire, £6.95 www.light­my­fire.com What’s life without sea­son­ing? Keep your salt and pep­per neat and dry in this palm­sized con­tainer that has a third dis­penser for your favourite spice (chilli pow­der, any­one?). In­fin­ity four-per­son com­pact ta­ble­set GSI Out­doors, £40 www.gsiout­doors.com This pic­nic set com­prises four in­su­lated mugs, four bowls and four plates, which all fit snugly to­gether like puz­zle pieces – a fea­ture that makes tidy­ing it away af­ter your pic­nic a bit more fun. Terra Ket­tle Op­ti­mus, £24.50 www.op­ti­musstoves.com Boil up a brew in this com­pact, an­odised alu­minium ket­tle, which weighs only 153g but holds 70cl – enough for two steam­ing brews.

Delta V Seat Deluxe SI Sea to Sum­mit, £30 0191 296 0212, seato­sum­mit.co.uk This blow-up pad can be folded to­gether for a squishy 50mm cush­ion, or un­folded for ex­tra lower back com­fort if you’re sat up against a rock. It’s light (222g) and com­pact (10 x 22cm packed). It’s also nice to kneel on if you’re hunt­ing for bugs. Moroc­can Bloom Salad Bowl Lake­land, £13.99 and Bowls, £3.99 each www.lake­land.co.uk These sum­mery bowls look ceramic but are made of re­as­sur­ingly shat­ter-proof melamine. Plates also avail­able. MR300 Por­ta­ble Mos­quito Re­peller Ther­ma­cell, £29.99 0115 784 5942, leisure­out­let.com If midges pester you on your pic­nic, spark up this por­ta­ble de­vice, which re­leases a re­pel­lent into the air (al­lethrin, a syn­thetic ver­sion of a nat­u­ral re­pel­lent found in chrysan­the­mum plants – the same stuff used in RAID and mos­quito coils). It’s light and com­pact and de­signed to drive away in­sects within 20m2. In­side the de­vice, a small bu­tane con­tainer fu­els a pi­lot light that heats a pad, re­leas­ing the re­pel­lent; both pad and bu­tane are re­place­able. Crux burner Op­ti­mus, £52.50 www.op­ti­musstoves.com Sauté your wild mush­rooms on this tiny stove, which weighs only 83g and folds into a tiny pouch that at­taches to a gas car­tridge (sold sep­a­rately). Small enough to stow in a pocket of your pack, whether you’re hav­ing a slow af­ter­noon in the woods or a longer back­pack­ing trip. Deep dishes Fal­con Enamel­ware, £41 for four 0207 837 9749, fal­co­ne­namel­ware.com These ro­bustly stylish enamel dishes are great for camp­ing or pic­nick­ing. White on top; black, red or grey un­der­neath. Kalei­do­scope Vir­tu­ally Un­break­able Plas­tic Tum­bler Lake­land, £3.79 each www.lake­land.co.uk These rather classy 400ml tum­blers have a slightly rosy tinge that makes a cold drink look ex­tra ap­petis­ing. Wine glasses also avail­able. Camp­fire stain­less-steel plate and Cut­lery set Primus, £12.95 each primus.eu/shop Fron­tier-chic looks and apoca­lypse-proof tough­ness; a pretty stiff price tag, too. The stain­less-steel knife, fork and spoon have a small leather sleeve to keep them all to­gether.

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