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. See how to pack an easy sack lunch in this quick video below, 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 Lunches for a Field Trip

Whether it’s the annual school field trip, or a Summer camp that’s taking a day trip, from time to time we all need a disposable lunch that will stay good all day.

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.

Non-perishable lunch 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
  • Fruit Leather

Dairy

  • 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)

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! There’s no need to 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

Disposable Field Trip Lunch- Peanut Butter Crunch Sandwich

Honey PBC Sandwich
  • Author: MOMables – Laura
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 sandwich 1x
  • Category: Lunch
  • Cuisine: Sandwiches
Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 slices whole-grain bread
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/4 honey-crisp or granny smith apple, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. 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.

Nutrition

  • 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

About MOMables - Laura

Mom to 3 kids, obsessed with coffee, meal planning, and helping you cook fresh meals for your family fast!

14 thoughts on “Disposable Field Trip Lunch”

  1. Abbey says:

    My kids can’t take peanut butter to school or in field trips. Do you have any other ideas for main part of lunch that doesn’t include peanut butter? Thank you.

  2. Elizabeth Pacheco says:

    It’s the first time my kids go to camp and I didn’t know what to pack. Thank you for the great lunch ideas.

  3. Shannon says:

    This was incredible helpful for my son’s End of the Year Field Trip!!! And it also gave me great ideas for when he begins summer camp in 2 weeks!!!

  4. Angelique says:

    Great idea for using the fruit container! I was stressing about how to pack a disposable laptop much that won’t get mashed – and I happen to have s strawberry container in the fridge! Also, the frozen water bottle works great but you have to put it in a plastic bag or it will sweat through the paper bag.

    1. Emilie Hebert says:

      Thanks for that tip! Glad you found this helpful.

  5. Katie says:

    Thanks for the ideas. I would be very concerned, however, about the safety of the meat and cheese sandwich if no ice pack was included. By lunch time it would no longer be safe to eat.

  6. Greer S says:

    THIS HELPED SO MUCH

  7. Alicia says:

    I saw you mentioned the fact that you can’t send an icepack in a disposable lunch. Have you tried freezing the water bottle? It acts as an icepack and will usually be drinkable by lunch time. For kids with an earlier lunch time, only fill 3/4 of the bottle to freeze, then add the rest of the water in the morning. We’ve also frozen juice pouches and boxes for the same purpose.

    1. MOMables says:

      great idea about freezing the water bottle or juice to act as an ice pack!

    2. You can also freeze yogurt cups or tubes, applesauce or fruit cups, and even the meat and cheese sandwich! I’ve had problems with the water bottle (or juice box, the few times I didn’t have a disposable water bottle laying around) not thawing enough by lunch though. But yogurt and applesauce are still nice partially frozen, like slushies!

    3. Sanaa El Azyz says:

      my daughter said that her teacher said that

  8. Omayra says:

    Wow. I have been doing this, this past year. Lol. Did not know I was doing it right. Just wanted her to have a healthy lunch and disposable. Which by the way I have even managed to send her hot food. By the time it was to be eaten it was warm. She was the envy of her classmates and teacher. Lol

    1. MOMables says:

      you are so creative! great job Omayra! the purpose of this lunch is for field trips and summer camps where they require a disposable lunch and they plan on recycling. Otherwise, it’s a lot of waste. During the school year, I recommend re-usable containers.

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