A picnic backpack is one of the things I’ve wanted for a long time, but I had given up on buying one because it seemed a little.. unnecessary.
But now that I got it a year ago, I wish I had gotten it years ago. It’s truly a game changer. It will make going out with your family much easier. Perfect for snacks, hot food, and to keep your beer chilled for days at the beach. We’ve tried a few and here are the best picnic backpacks!
10 of my favourite picnic backpacks and insulated cooler bags
1. The Mountain Warehouse Insulated Picnic Backpack
mountain warehouse picnic backpack
Perfect for: Along with crockery and cutlery
This cooler backpack from Mountain Warehouse is currently reduced to £29.99. (I paid a higher price, so this is a bargain!)
The large insulated rear pocket is very spacious and large enough for a large family picnic. The front pocket includes:
- Plate x 4
- Cutlery x 4
- Plastic cup x 4
- salt and pepper shaker
- bottle opener
- mini cutting board
The size and shape of this cooler backpack is perfect and I love that the insulated wine bottle holder is removable.
I love this backpack, but realistically, my family usually eats sandwiches and snacks, so we rarely use plates or cutlery. When I’m out and about, I eat with my hands, but having to use plates and forks can be a hassle. And as a family with small children, we already have a lot of plastic plates and cups, so we don’t need many additional accessories. But if you don’t have small children, I can imagine all of these little additions could be useful.
2. Cabin Max IceMax Cooler Backpack
Cabin Max IceMax Cooler Backpack
Best for: Great design, best price, perfect for large families
This is our favorite among all cooler backpacks because of its simple yet stylish retro design. It’s also big enough for a hungry family, comfortable to carry, and has some hidden features that make it even more fun and convenient!
There is a foldable pocket on the front with a cup holder, which is very convenient when drinking wine on the beach. It also comes with a baguette holder and a large insulated and removable bottle holder perfect for bottles of wine!
This is one of the larger insulated picnic bags, so if you’re just packing a few sarnies and drinks, it might be too big.
Travel hack tips:
If you want a really small and insulated picnic bag, take a look at the perfect Cabin Max Picnic Shoulder Bag!
3. John Lewis Adventure Picnic Backpack
john lewis adventure picnic backpack
Perfect for: Adventures on the water
I love this fully waterproof adventure picnic bag from John Lewis. Affordable at £35, it has a simple and functional design with a small front pocket for keys, phone, wallet etc. This is perfect for the beach. Or take it on a paddle board.
4. Decathlon Isothermal Backpack
Decathlon Isothermal Backpack 20L or 10L
Best for: Hiking
The design of this cooler backpack is clearly inspired by hiking backpacks. Stylish, sporty and functional. It is comfortable to carry and has a separate compartment for ice packs. This is a great feature to keep everything from getting wet when the ice pack starts to melt and drips of condensation form everywhere.
This bag also comes in 20L and 10L.
5. TOURIT cooler backpack
Best for: Great all-rounder
This is an all-around picnic backpack that can be used for the beach, picnics, hiking trips, camping, and long day outings with plenty of snacks. It has a simple design and currently has around 21,000 4.5* ratings on Amazon. Although it has a simple design, it has plenty of pockets you need and even comes with a bottle opener!
6. HILUSEN Work or school Picnic Backpack
Purpose: Large picnic backpack perfect for commuting to work or school (available in 4 colors)
If you want a cool bag with space for all your work items, like your laptop, change of clothes, and other essentials, this is a great option. A large and durable backpack with an insulated bag section with a capacity of up to 12 liters. It’s big enough for an office lunch, and the remaining 30 liters is plenty for other things.
7. Cabin Max Tropical Print
Cabin Max Tropical Print
Perfect for: Fun designs
(Link will be updated as soon as stock is available)
This shoulder cool bag is not a backpack, but it has such a nice design and is so convenient to carry that I had to include it. I love the hands-free design of backpacks, so I didn’t expect to use this bag very often, but I actually use this one the most. It’s spacious, portable, and easy to pack, so I always pack it with snacks and drinks and throw it in the trunk of my car.
If you don’t plan on walking far with your cooler bag and don’t necessarily need a backpack, this is a great option.
It also has a fold-out pocket that other Cabin Max cooler backpacks have, so it also has a pocket for a wine glass.
We took some photos at our favorite beach, Llanbedrog Beach. Porthiago is another beautiful beach in North Wales that is also popular!
8. AEORSAC picnic backpack
18L Aore Sac Cooler Backpack
Best for: Budget
This 18L picnic backpack is currently one of the cheapest available on Amazon at just £15.99. The colors are black, gray, and navy blue, and the design is simple and stylish.
9. ANNGGO Double Decker Cool Bag Backpack
ANGGO double decker cool bag
Perfect for: Stylish and feminine design
I don’t want to walk many miles in this cool backpack, but I really like the design. It would be great because it is the most feminine and stylish of the bags. It has many convenient pockets, so you can use it like a handbag, and you can also adjust the strap to carry it by hand or over your shoulder.
It’s a great work lunch bag if you don’t have to walk too far.
10. Aldi Cooler Backpack
aldi cooler backpack
Best for: Budget
Another budget buy is the Aldi cooler backpack. This is a special price of £8.99. Obviously, if you’re on special purchase, you need to get it while supplies last, so if you want a cheap and cheerful backpack cooler, you need to get this one soon!
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