Disposable Field Trip Lunch

If you have a school-aged child, chances are you have been asked, at some point, to send your child with a completely disposable lunch. 

disposable-and-recyclable-lunch-momablesFor those of you who have kids enrolled in summer camps, you have also probably had this requested of you as they often go on weekly field trips.

Today I am going to share with you some tips on how to pack a completely disposable and recyclable lunch for these occasions.

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If you need a fully disposable lunch, this will also mean that you can’t pack an ice pack, so everything you pack will need to be non-perishable.

Many of our lunch menu ideas will keep without ice-packs and the plan is filled with packing tips that show you just how to achieve that.

 

Here are some non-perishable food ideas:

Main Entree

  • Meat & cheese sandwich w/o mayonnaise
  • Peanut butter sandwich with strawberry or banana slices
  • Peanut butter & jelly sandwich

Vegetable

  • Carrot sticks
  • Celery sticks
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Broccoli florets

Fruit

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Grapes
  • Fruit Cups
  • Applesauce cups

Dairy

  • String cheese (check out this post where the Chief MOM shows you how to pack string cheese in lunches)
  • Yogurt tube (stick in the freezer overnight and it’ll be thawed by lunchtime)

Drink

  • Bottled Water
  • Juice Boxes

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Then the question comes in of what to pack the lunch in. Some obvious solutions are a brown paper lunch bag, a gallon plastic zip bag, a plastic grocery bag, etc. But what if you want to pack items that you don’t want to be squished or bruised? The best solution I have come up with is saving those plastic clam-shell baskets that fresh fruit comes in.

I use a larger basket (pictured is a 2lb. strawberry basket) to hold everything and I use the smaller ones to hold sides (like blueberry/raspberry baskets). You could also pack side items in small paper cups that are covered with plastic wrap, or some items could be packed in a paper muffin cup liner. If you’re really feeling adventurous you can decorate the basket with duct tape or let your kids loose to decorate it- just for some added fun.

So when your child gets sent home with a note saying they are going to need a disposable field trip lunch, don’t stress! And whatever you do, do not run out and buy a pre-packaged lunch :).

Also, for those of you whose kids are enrolled in summer camps, here are 20 Easy Summer Camp Snack Ideas and 10 Summer Camp Lunch Ideas

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About MOMables - Laura

Mom to 3 awesome people and MOMables CEO. I work hard in my kitchen so you don’t have to. I’m obsessed with tacos and coffee -not always in that order.