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. Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of messages on Instagram about schools requiring disposable lunch daily now, and I knew I had to share these ideas on how to pack a quick and easy disposable sack lunch. Here’s a quick video where I show you my methods and then, I’ll share some of the best non-perishable lunch items that kids will love to find in that brown paper sack!
How to Pack a Disposable Lunch
Whether it’s the annual school field trip, or schools trying to limit reusable items that could get germy – from time to time we all need a disposable lunch that will stay good all day.
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, cold lunches.
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.
Non-perishable lunch ideas
- 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
- Fruit Cups
- Applesauce cups
- Fruit Leather
- String cheese (check out this post where I’ll show you how to pack dairy 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! There’s no need to run out and buy a pre-packaged lunch.
Disposable Lunch Inspiration – Peanut Butter Crunch Sandwich
If school or camp asks to send a disposable field trip lunch for your kids, we got you covered! Here’s how to pack a healthy but completely disposable lunch
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 sandwich 1x
- Category: Lunch
- Cuisine: Sandwiches
- 1 ½ teaspoons honey
- 2 slices whole-grain bread
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- ¼ honey-crisp or granny smith apple, thinly sliced
- Place bread on a flat surface and spread peanut butter onto both slices of bread. Place apple slices onto one side, drizzle with honey, and close sandwich.
- Serving Size: 1 sandwich
- Calories: 362
- Sugar: 30.3g
- Sodium: 271.5mg
- Fat: 13g
- Saturated Fat: 7.6g
- Carbohydrates: 58.4g
- Fiber: 9.5g
- Protein: 6.6g
- Cholesterol: 30.5mg