Portland Parks

Spending a Lazy Day at the Park? Here’s What to Bring

The perfect picnic blanket, camp chair, sun hat, and more

By Shannon Daehnke Photography by Michael Novak May 27, 2022 Published in the June 2022 issue of Portland Monthly

Image: Michael Novak

Hydroflask Wine Tumblers + Boys Fort Utensils

Everyone and their mother owns the OG Hydroflask, but have the wine moms discovered these nifty stemless sets from the Bend insulated drinkware purveyor? Pair them with a set of bamboo utensils like these from Boys Fort (inside Urbanite on SE Grand), toss in a very large cheeseboard, and it’s happy hour on the go. $24.95 tumbler, $20 utensils

Charcuterie Me

For those who appreciate the art of a charcuterie board but can’t quite seem to create anything rivaling even a Lunchables-tier aesthetic, this local subscription box service is your answer. It can deliver brie, nuts, rose-shaped salami, and more right to your doorstep. $49 and up

Torrain Barrel Tote

Using material that once held Portland cement, with a liner made from recycled plastic bottles, this one-of-a-kind tote is the perfect sustainable statement piece. $38

Pistil Designs Sun Hat

Pair this adorable, Hood River–made hat with some SPF and you’ll be glowing (sans sunburn). Ours is the Joni with navy trim. pistildesigns.com, $56

Rumpl Blanket

In a sea of meek, earth-toned outdoor gear, this weather-resistant blanket—a collab between Portland-based Rumpl and LA design studio Poketo—doesn’t sacrifice its IG cred for functionality. Take it to the park, strategically place a baguette on it, accidentally spill some wine on it, or just ogle it. $129

Parks Project Camp Chair

Donating to the National Parks while securing the cutest seat at an outdoor concert or movie? Sign us up! This überlight, camping chair will make it an unforgettable trip ... with or without shrooms. $110

Rec Department Ring Toss 

Is your park meet-up in desperate need of an emergency cornhole, ring toss, or giant Jenga set? This local outfit makes and rents out allll the party games. $60 and up

The French Exit 

Patrick deWitt’s novel is our pick for most photogenic cover of a novel by an Oregon author in the past few years. Oh, and it’s also an excellent read. $16.99


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