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.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

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


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


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


  • 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)


  • Bottled Water
  • Juice Boxes


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

Recipes You May Also Like

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.