Planning A Picnic in Lagos

“There are few things as pleasant as a picnic eaten in perfect comfort” – Famous saying

Planning a picnic is fun and entertaining, especially with friends and family. For me, the first line of business is to think through the who, what, when, where, and how. This ensures that there are no details missed. Essentially, I believe the ideal picnic is nothing more than choosing a great location, inviting a good group of people, bringing something to sit on, and packing some delicious food and drinks. Below are some tips to planning a great picnic in Lagos:

Type

Yes, you want to plan a picnic, but what type of picnic? Is it for kids, is it with friends? Is it corporate? Or are you trying to spice up your relationship? This is the foundation of the planning process and everything else is dependent on this.

Location

Picnics can be had anywhere really; at home in your garden, at a park, at a beach, etc. You should also ensure you consider certain things like accessibility to the venue, availability of water, rest rooms, size, and number of invited guests. I’m guessing no one wants to picnic near ‘agberos‘ or people who “just need N20 to get to Ketu” *side eyes a certain park in Lagos*

Weather

We all know that the weather in Lagos has a mind of its own. There are no tips that can really be given here. It is more likely that rain may disrupt your picnic during the “rainy season” but then again, it could also be so hot, you get sun burned. So I’ll prescribe getting some tent sized umbrellas and lids for your food.

Guests

You need to think about the type of guests that will be in attendance. For example, if there are going to be a lot of children, you should plan on bringing some kid-friendly food, activities and games, so they have something to do while the grown-ups are chatting.

Seating

Once location has been sorted, you need to decide what you’ll bring for guests to sit on. I would normally suggest woven mats, blankets, quilts, or lawn chairs. Depending on the location, you can comfortably sit on grass as well. Your first priority should be your guest(s) so make sure they are comfortable.

Food

This is the best part! Deciding what you will be eating at your picnic needs to be as detailed as possible. Think about who is coming and where you’re going and that will help you determine what food to bring along. For me, the first option is usually quick food like burgers, wraps, or chicken because of how easy they are to pack and eat. I really just like to think of meals that can be easily eaten on a plate that’s sitting on my lap (so, definitely not anything too oily). Picnic friendly food could be bought from a fast food place, or could be made at home.

P.S: Don’t forget your utensils and cutlery. Don’t be that guy

P.S2: Disposable utensils are usually better

Drinks

*Whips out famous red cup*. On a very sunny day in Lagos, a chilled drink can be the difference between life and death. No jokes. I would usually recommend individual bottles though, as they are easily dispensable and saves the stress of sharing drinks. If you are having a fancy picnic, I would suggest some margaritas or cocktails. You should also take some ice in a cooler to chill your drinks.

Miscellaneous

Other items like serviettes, toothpicks, sunscreen, hand sanitizers, wipes and insect repellant would be a nice touch. I think it’s always good to have them handy. Music shouldn’t be ignored as it sets the mood especially when it’s a romantic picnic. You should also take bin bags along to clear up your mess when you are done and Ziploc bags for leftovers. Cleanliness they say is next to godliness.

Whatever you do, make your picnic fun, comfortable and relaxing. That’s the whole point isn’t it? Don’t lose friends because of a badly planned picnic.

So tell me, what is your favorite place to picnic and your go-to picnic food?

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Alexandria is a Digital Marketer and fashion enthusiast when she’s not busy saving the world at night. She loves fiction, and sappy stories do (not) make her cry.

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