by Joe Henry | April 13, 2018
With Spring in the air, it's time to put away the snow shovels and plows and bust out the paraphernalia for outdoor gatherings and get-togethers. But that means more than blankets and mosquito repellent. You need the gear that can keep your drinks cold, your food hot and the flies well enough away.

Working with the right incentive program, you can beef up your offerings so your star employees will always be prepared to venture into the great outdoors - or just the grassy knoll across the street.

First up, Capitol Sales has an entire line of Mammoth coolers of different sizes. There's the Cruiser line, which are hard-sided coolers in 15, 20 and 30 quarts. And for bigger crowds, there's the Ranger line, which comes in 25, 45 and 65 quarts.

Ice in a Mammoth cooler is going to last an extremely long time, anywhere from two to 10 days. This longevity comes from the molding process, where the piece is made from a single shell, ensuring consistent thickness of two inches across the top, bottom and all four walls.

Moreover, Mammoth Coolers are durable, with hinges made of stainless steel -- just try to bust it apart.

Of course, if your idea of a good outdoor picnic is less of a tailgate and more of a romantic date for two, you might not need something as robust as a Mammoth. Instead, consider Picnic at Ascot's Wine and Cheese Cooler for Two, available in cool green or a fresh blue from Rymax Marketing Services.

This stylish tote is an insulated cooler, designed to carry cheese and two bottles of wine. Leave out the acrylic wine glasses that come with the set, and the tote can carry yet a third bottle. Padded dividers keep the bottles from clanging against each other. This lovely set comes packaged with matching napkins, a cutting board, cheese knife and corkscrew.

The Picnic at Ascot Wine and Cheese cooler is not only sophisticated, its durable, and will add a touch of elegance to your trips to the beach, the woods and the park.

Finally, everyone needs a to keep their water cool and their coffee hot, and Yeti makes some of the best. Its Rambler tumblers, available through Premco in 10-, 18-, 20-, and 30-ounce cups and 36 and 64 ounces bottles. Tough plastic sipping lids top double-wall, stainless steel vacuum insulated. Meaning they're durable as all get out and will keep your hot beverages hot and your cold ones cold.