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There are times when you just need to get out of the house, get some fresh air, and enjoy your lunch in the great outdoors. The days left until school start are very few so I have been trying to make the most of them with my kids. We decided a picnic was in order and even though we only just went to the backyard it was another summer bucket list item that we were able to check off. Packing for a picnic doesn’t have to have any fancy food or take long to get ready. Here is how I pack for a picnic in 5 minutes.
Each week when I get home from Walmart or the grocery store, I cut up my kids favorite fruits so that they are easy to just grab from the fridge and eat throughout the day. Here is a tip for you. When cutting up watermelon: I cut mine in half first so that it is not rolling all over the cutting board. I then cut it in slices to make it even more manageable. Trim off the rind then chop in to squares. I can cut up a medium size watermelon in about 5 or 6 minutes. So when I decide last minute to have a picnic or just for everyday lunches I already have fruit available.
Having other convenience foods make the process to pack for a picnic in five minutes a snap. We always have some sort of bar that the kids love to eat. This past week I was able to pick up a value pack of the Quaker Chewy Dips. After putting them away in my newly organized kids shelf, when I went to pack essentials for our picnic I was able to just grab and throw a couple bars in my cooler bag. My kids also like to have cereal throughout the day. I put some of their new favorite Life with Maple and Brown Sugar into a baggie and tossed that in my cooler as well.
What all did I pack in our picnic?
- Lunch meat
- String cheese
- Watermelon cubes
- Water bottles
- Quaker Chewy bars
- Life cereal
- Graham crackers
- Plates and napkins
Throw in a couple of ice packs and you are ready to go. Sandwiches don’t have to be made ahead of time so you can get out the door faster. My kids like deconstructed sammies so I don’t take any condiments. Oh and if you are like me and get so busy with kids that you forget to eat breakfast, you can make some Quaker Original Instant Oatmeal in the same time it takes to pack your picnic. I was able to get it in a value pack as well so I have easy to make breakfasts for those crazy school mornings.