Everything you'll need for a family picnic this summer

The dog days of summer are here, folks

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Summer is here, folks. Keep cool and plan the perfect afternoon with our favourite things for a day outside.

Exercise mat


Do your downward dog in the park or just use it for extra comfort for that nap. Approximately 490RMB. Sugarmat.

For a cheaper solution, head to Muji, where you can buy affordable yoga mats for 60RMB.

Waterproof tent

Keep the little ones in the shade with this pop-up tent designed to fit up to four people. 199,90RMB. Decathlon.

Stylish thermos


A classical Chinese thermos in bamboo and stainless steel will keep your tea hot or your sangria cool. From 24RMB. Aliexpress.com.

Roomy tote


This colourful tote from Lulu Dharma is perfect for carrying all your summer swag. As a bonus, it's eco-friendly and vega too (who knew that a bag could be). Approximately 460RMB. luludharma.com.

Bose speaker

Play music on the go by connecting this Bluetooth speaker to your phone. 2,000RMB. jdbose.jd.com.

A great page-turner

Relax and get stuck into one of the best China books of the last couple of years – right now we're loving Alex Ash's Wish Lanterns. 60RMB. amazon.com.

Insulated lunch bag

cooling box

This cute striped canvas thermal lunch bag will keep your food chilled for hours. Approximately 25RMB. ebay.com.


feather thing
Have a go at this traditional Chinese version of 'keepie-uppies', a fixture of any Beijing park. About 10RMB. Small shops around town.

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