If you are looking for a modern alternative to the traditional picnic basket, the Technopicnic solar-powered picnic backpack, might be worth more investigation
The Technopicnic has been design edit provide a backpack with everything you need to enjoy your city, spend time with friends, share a meal and connect with your network say it creators.
The picnic backpack has been created by Madrid-based architecture and design studio Atelier Teratoma, led by Eugenio Fernandez and Victor Nouman, who explain a little more :
Traditionally the picnic is associated with the search of natural environments to share a meal. But what happens when we bring this idea to a context defined by hard pavements, congestion and new ways of communication?” explains the designers on MocoLoco. “What we propose is a collection of prototypes that try to rethink the idea of making a picnic in the urban context. We believe that today the natural setting for a picnic should be the epicenter of the city: the square.
Technopicnic is worn as a backpack and can be easily carried to the desired location. Upon arrival the unit because a small table complete with cup holders and thermal pillows to sit on. The unit also has a solar panel to charge an included battery, which can be used to power devices via a USB port. Lights on the unit can be customized for a show and a screen displays messages from friends and other users. Technopicnic even has speakers to play music on that could lead to an impromptu dance party. AtelierTeratoma also came up with other options for portable tables and cushions, perhaps for other invited guests to the urban picnic.