The Perfect Field Trip Lunch

And by perfect, I mean perfect for us.

Perfect because they’re foods the critter and I agree on for a packed lunch. And perfect because everything can be thrown away and we don’t have to keep track of a lunch box or ice pack.

At first, it was hard for me to come up with an efficient lunch that made us both happy.

My son loves peanut butter and jelly, but with food allergies and a less structured day, I don’t like to take chances on packing it.

This lunch has nuggets, grapes, cheese, bottled water, cheese crackers and a candy treat. I found a way to keep cold items cold.


I keep small bottled water containers to wash and reuse. The night before, I put a small amount of water in it, just enough to cover the bottom and put it in the freezer overnight.

The next day, I fill the water bottle the rest of the way. It keeps his drink cool and acts as an ice pack to keep the grapes and cheese cold.


I also pack (fully cooked) frozen nuggets on top. They also act as an ice pack for the fruit and cheese, and they thaw perfectly in time for lunch.


I pack foods together in the same baggie when I can to cut down on the number of sandwich bags.

The kids’ lunches are often stored together in a cooler, so I use a brown paper bag because it packs down nicely and doesn’t take up much space.


He likes cheese crackers, and I also throw in a few small pieces of candy as a surprise to sweeten the deal.

Of course, any of these foods can be substituted to suit your child and their diet. You can always add more water to freeze in the bottled water to keep things cold if it’s your only frozen item.

Other foods I have used (that my son will eat) are:

  • frozen meatballs
  • cheese sandwich
  • leftover pizza
  • hot dogs (bun or no bun)
  • string cheese
  • pancake sandwich (jelly spread between two small pancakes)
  • cherry tomatoes
  • apple
  • strawberries
  • banana
  • tube yogurt
  • fruit cups/applesauce with disposable spoon
  • goldfish, mini cheese cracker sandwiches, any cracker
  • fig newtons
  • granola bar
  • fruit snacks
  • finger-food sized dry cereal (mini-wheats, chex, etc)

He has never had leftovers or had to worry about keeping track of a lunch box and it makes it easier for everyone involved, especially the adults!

I also pack this way if I have a lot of errands and am making a quick lunch for myself. It has been a great way to avoid hitting the drive-thru’s and it helps with better food choices as well.

Please share any neat ideas you have for packing a sack lunch. I’m always up for variety!


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  1. I really need to start being more intentional about what I eat and planning it…