Collapsible baskets for shopping

Picnic Time Collapsible Urban and Metro Baskets.

International travelers often are unpleasantly surprised to discover that food markets abroad may not supply shopping carts, or even bags. What a great time to have on hand one of Picnic Time's lightweight collapsible baskets. The 15.8-by-8.5-by-10-inch Urban Basket has a stationary aluminum handle against which the polyester body folds, accordionlike, to 2 inches thick, secured with a snap closure. A removable inner padded "floorboard" provides extra stability flattened; or fold up half the panel to divide the basket into two sections. The Urban Basket comes in red, black, and dark blue. The more feature-packed Metro Basket (19 by 10 by 11 inches) has dual aluminum handles that fold up from an aluminum frame. The insulated polyester canvas basket has a zippered external pocket and an integrated expandable drawstring top for keeping contents covered and secure. To collapse it, just detach the four Velcro-closure flaps that secure the basket to the frame, and fold down the handles.

The Metro Basket comes in a wide range of colors, from lime to red to multicolor stripes.

Picnic Time Urban Basket is $24.99; Metro Basket, $35.95 at