Any time I take my kids on a day trip, we bring all or most of our lunch from home in recyclable containers. Not only do I save money, we leave no trace of our lunch with disposable containers, napkins, and silverware. In honor of Earth Day, I’m sharing a tip that helps my family stay “green” while out on a day trip.
Pyrex Glass Containers
Recently, when I took the 2 youngest kids to Longwood Gardens, we brought along a somewhat “snacky lunch” which I packed in plastic and glass containers. The glass container is Pyrex and goes from freezer to oven. The plastic container is from our still rather large collection of Ziploc and Glad containers. We’re trying to buy more glass containers as I find them on sale.
We also brought cloth napkins. A few years ago, I stocked up on white cloth napkins from Bed Bath and Beyond, using coupons. I prefer white because I can always bleach them if needed though oxygen clean bleach works fine for now.
As always, wherever we go, we bring our water bottles. A few years ago, I invested in the classic Klean Kanteen water bottle with the Sports Cap. I love these because even the 2 year old, at the time, could open their bottle cap and drink from it. In the front is an aluminum water bottle I picked up from Walmart for my daughter. For whatever reason, she didn’t want a Klean Kanteen. Next to hers is a BPA-free water bottle I found at Target as part of a 2 bottle set. Once this bottle breaks or gets lost, I’ll replace it with a Klean Kanteen, unless I have enough Swagbucks to treat myself sometime. Eventually, I’d like to get Bottle Tote for the bottles to protect them from dings and scratches and to keep the water inside colder.
All of our lunch items fit in the bottom of the stroller which was perfect since we never sat down anywhere to eat. When we visit the Pennsylvania Train Museum in Strasburg, I have a good-sized cooler that I bring to hold our lunch which we eat in the car or at the picnic tables next to the museum. I also have a Columbia Collapsible Cooler which can be carried on the shoulder if needed, or will fit in the bottom of my stroller, though it’s a tight fit.