Updated: Jun 7, 2019
Over a recent weekend, my hubby and I decided to go for a little road trip, and because it was a public holiday, we knew not a lot would be open in any country towns. So I decided to pack a picnic. I had started on a new meal plan less that a week before and I was determined to stick within the realms of that.
Best to pack at least 1 very large bottle of water, plus something a bit fancy. We went with flavoured sparkling water. Plus I knew my husband would get an Ice Break from the servo, so that went down a treat. Other options are juices, or low sugar soft drinks like Nexba brand.
Veggies and fruit
Always a good idea to have fruit on hand for those sweet cravings, plus it just makes for a nice rounded meal. As for veggies, I made a salad and packed the salad dressing on the side to add fresh. Another idea is to do veggie sticks, such as carrots, celery, capsicum/bell peppers. It’s also nice to pack hummus, cottage cheese, ranch dressing or peanut butter to make it a bit more exciting.
I just did chicken and salad rolls with mayo. Leaving the sliced cucumber and tomato off and packing it in with the salad, so that you can add that fresh (otherwise it goes all soggy). Wraps also go down well, and travel well. And sandwiches too. I find crackers and rice cakes a bit finnicky and hard to make nice and appetising once you’ve arrived. Otherwise, if you have access to a BBQ, take some sausages or burgers and whack them on the grill. Fresh, breadrolls, sauce and lettuce and tomato and you have yourself an awesome lunch.
I happened to have protein balls pre-made in the freezer. However, you can pack biscuits, muffins, slices or bars, whatever takes your fancy. It’s up to you how healthy or treat-like you make this particular element.
We all get the munchies, especially mid-afternoon, and if you’ve got a fair bit of driving to do, this is a must-have. As far as servo-snacks, head towards the jerky/biltong and also the pork crackling. These are both low carb options and when you’re spending a lot of time sitting, this is a factor to consider. Otherwise, I’m sure the kids will love snack-size popcorn, corn chips, crackers, snakatas, all that “healthy lunchbox”-type stuff.
Don’t forget napkins, wet wipes, cutlery, something to sit on and a bag for your rubbish!
I hope this has helped you, let me know how your next picnic trip goes. I always love hearing about your adventures.