Each week, Buy D.C. will highlight shops and items you can only find in the D.C. area, curated by Kaarin Vembar, owner of personal shopping and wardrobe editing service Closet Caucus.
Instead of a PB&J, consider taking a bánh mì sandwich. It’s easy to pack, but its distinct sweet and spicy flavors make it worthy of a gourmet meal.
Vietnamese baguette sandwich with chicken, $9. BONMi. 900 19th St. NW. (202) 785-0012.
Level up from a ratty blanket to this Mega Mat. It’s padded, mold resistant, and has a handle so you can haul it from Metro to the perfect picnic spot.
Mega Mat, $50. Chocolate Moose. 1743 L St. NW. (202) 463-0992.
This little cheese knife is the perfect size to bring along in your picnic basket.
Mini cheese knife, $15.95. The Mediterranean Way Gourmet Market. 1717 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 560-5715.
Make sure your skin is protected while sitting in the sunshine. This clear zinc oxide is SPF 45, hypoallergenic, and won’t clog your pores.
Face Potion, $6.50. Tschiffely Pharmacy.1330 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 331-7176.
These food picks are picnic perfect. Bring them along as a fun way to display and eat fruit, cheese, and veggies.
Worker ant party picks, $6.99. Home Rule. 1807 14th St. NW. (202) 797-5544.