In this episode, I talk about the kinds of foods that we pack for kids when we go on an adventure day to a place like a beach or a national park.
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For those that do not know, my family and I travel the country in our travel trailer year round. We have been all over the country from near the Mexican border in Southern California to the most eastern point of the contiguous United States in Lubec, Maine.
I am recording this episode when we were in Panama City Beach, Florida, which has been one of our favorite stops. Lots of things to do and places to shop and eat, just ask me about the Banh Mi sandwich and Fried Gulf Shrimp po'boy I ate here! And the beaches here are breathtaking with vivid white sands and crystal clear water.
In this episode I am going to talk about our adventures and what we like to pack for our kids lunch when we are doing an all day outing.
The near to us St. Andrews State Park has one of the top rated beaches in the country. So we had to see for ourselves. It was a large beach with sand dunes. As you are walking down the beach is suddenly drops off. Like there is a cliff. I thought it was quite strange to see at a beach. I saw people digging for shells in the drop off. You had to walk further down the beach to get where the drop off ends to access the clear, cool water.
We packed a lunch to take down to the beach. I got my wife an insulated lunch bag with a strap from Target for one Christmas. It's what we always bring the lunches in along with several cold packs of different sizes. Packing enough food for the kids to not only fill their bellies but that they all like can be a challenge. On this occasion we made "smoopers". This is what we call crackers with cream cheese. I brought along a small cutting board and a knife. We brought along some lunch meat that we just saw along side the crackers.
What I like about doing crackers over sandwiches is that you don't have to worry about the sandwiches getting smushed. And it's nice not to have to make all the sandwiches before hand when you just want to get down to the beach ASAP.
We always pack fruit as well. Whatever is in season. In February in Florida that's locally grown strawberries. Make sure you check out our monthly fruit pick podcast episodes. We post them as the first episode of that particular month.
Since strawberries come in a clamshell plastic container they are protected well when traveling. I do pack apples as well which I like to bring in a container instead of having them loose in the bag in which they can be easily bruised. My top concerns when packing a lunch to take is keep the food that needs to be cold, cold, and protecting the food that could easily get crushed from being crushed.
I also opt to bring paper towels instead of bringing paper plates. The good ones though - the Viva Signature Cloth. They can double as a plate and a napkin.
There was one time where we had to pack our lunch a little different. We were visiting Zion National Park in Utah. Due to high traffic, they have close a part of the park off now during the busier time of year. You can only get to it by riding a shuttle bus. And honestly that's kind of nice because you don't have to stress about parking at the various spots. And you can just look out the window and enjoy the ride.
As we went hiking we didn't want to carry around a bulky lunch bag or take the shuttle back to our car for lunch if we had decided to leave the bag in the car. So this time we opted for a lunch in which we didn't need to keep things cold. And packed it all in backpack.
We made peanut butter and jelly rolls up, which is just peanut butter and jelly wrapped in a tortilla instead of bread. We also filled some tortillas with Nutella. We had trail mix as well, dried fruit, some oat balls that I had picked up at a Costco store before hand. It was enough food to carry us through our hike. One of the perks of our full time traveling is we get to stay in a place for more extended period, so we didn't feel the need to see all of Zion in one day. We could take our time and soak up all the beautiful red rocks. We had a 28 day stay just 30 minutes from the park.
When we left the park we hit up a Mexican restaurant in Hurricane. And since it was Tuesday, they had a good deal on tacos. We got there for an early dinner too, so were able to get seated and get our food fast. I say there is nothing wrong with eating dinner at 4pm. especially after a hike.
🎧 Listen to Episode 076 - Florida Keys & Hotel Smoothies to hear more about our adventures and the food we eat.