Mozambique is blessed with sunny summers, mild winters and beautiful scenery. When you imagine the beautiful beaches and the remote spots, it is hard to not think about having a fun-filled picnic with your friends and family.
We’ve compiled a list of items to pack on your next picnic as well as some inspiring snack ideas. Get your loved ones together, go on a hike, visit the beach or just have a laid back day in front of your villa around your picnic basket.
Don’t forget to pack these handy picnic must-haves:
- Picnic blanket: the bigger the better!
- Wet wipes: to keep sticky hands and sticky faces fresh and clean.
- Plates: paper plates will save you doing the dishes, but colourful melamine plates will add a dash of colour.
- Glasses / plastic tumblers: you can even personalize each with a sticker so that everyone holds onto their cup for the day.
- Serving utensils and forks: most picnic food can be enjoyed by hand or with a fork, but don’t forget serving spoons.
- Frozen ice packs: this will help to keep drinks cool and prevent your food from going off.
- Trash bags: this will help with a quick and easy clean up and ensure that you leave your picnic spot the way you found it.
- Protection from the sun: pack the sunscreen, a hat or umbrella to protect yourself from the harmful rays.
- First aid kit: nothing can spoil a day like a sting, a cut or a grazed knee. These are easily treatable and your day can go on without a hitch if you have the necessary items on hand.
The best part about a picnic is of course the snacks. After a day of swimming, hiking, laughing and playing everybody will be too happy when it comes to the food. Here are a few easy to prepare picnic treats:
- Fried chicken: homemade or bought – fried chicken is a firm family favourite. If you’re health conscience you can of course go for a sticky marinade or zesty, grilled option.
- Fresh salad: try something fresh and easy like sliced tomatoes, whole kernel corn, feta and baby spinach or go for a coleslaw or potato salad. If you’re using mayonnaise, remember to keep it cold and out of the sun.
- Guacamole and nachos: This is a great snack because it will keep everybody fuelled and the avo is great for the whole family.
- Homemade iced tea: If you’re worried about all the sugar in shop-bought drinks, make a big pitcher of iced tea and control the amount of sugar you put it.
- Braai: Keep it simple and braai sausages, sosaties and wors. Serve it with fresh bread rolls or salad.
- Sandwiches: Get really creative with your toppings. How about turkey or roasted vegetables? Get inspired by Italy and use tomato and mozzarella on a baguette. You can even swop bread for wraps or pitas to make for a self-contained, no-mess lunch.