Packing for a holiday picnic

With a little bit of planning, an outing with the kids will be much more fun. We’ve got some tips for you.

In your cooler box

  • Bottle of water
  • Cooldrink
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fruit slushy – The night before the outing, make cordial juice or use 100% fruit juice. Freeze the juice over night so that it’s an ice-cold slushy by the time it’s served. This will also keep the rest of your food cool.
  • Make your own sqeda or ice-lollies Pour your favourite cordial juice mix into individual plastic bags and freeze.


  • Stuffed rolls – Raid the kitchen cupboard for tuna, sardines or pilchards. Drain, add flavour with grated onion, and stir in a dollop of mayo. Use as filling in fresh rolls.
  • Wilt-free summer salad – Replace the lettuce with pasta and mix in your favourite salad ingredients, such as cucumber, tomato, onion and carrots. Season with your favourite salad dressing right before serving.
  • Chicken wings and drumsticks
  • Chips & dips
  • Crackers
  • Biltong
  • Dried fruit
  • Sweets
  • If your baby is on solids, mash soft fruits, such as bananas and pears, and put it in a small plastic bowl

Tip Freeze sponges in resealable bag the night before. These are great DIY replacements for icebricks.

In your picnic bag

  • Towels to sit on, dry and cover Baby, and to use as cover if you want privacy when you’re breastfeeding
  • Beach umbrella (if you have one)
  • First-aid kit
  • Changes of swimwear, if possible – babies and toddlers like to get in and out of the water but don’t like wearing wet clothes.
  • Long-sleeved tees, babygrows, tracksuits and socks to dress baby warmly after being in cold water
  • Swimming armbands or rubber ring
  • Bucket, spade and beach ball, if you’re going to the beach

In your handbag

  • Spare change for parking or treats
  • Hand sanitiser for grubby hands and faces
  • Small toys
  • Emergency card with contact information
  • ID book just in case
  • Cellphone to take pictures or communicate
  • Glasses and sunglasses
  • Notebook and pen


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