Today, let’s talk about the one thing you can do to simplify your family field trips, so you’ll go out more often. If you’re like me, you need to make getting out the door as easy as possible…

​You ready?

It’s super simple…

Choose an easy-to-buy, easy-to-carry lunch as your go-to “field trip” lunch.

I always go to the store a day or two before and buy each kid a Lunchable (yes, even now with a 6, 9, 12, and 15-year old…ok, maybe two for each of the older kids). I’ll throw some fruit/veggies and granola bars into the cart along with the Lunchables and I’m done. Easy.

​Each child fills their own water bottle and I don’t have to worry about preparing lunches or snacks when trying to get out the door.

Eating our Lunchable picnic in 2016 in front of the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC

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It worked well, because I never bought Lunchables except for our field trips, so my kids looked forward to it, and now after 10 years (and counting) of doing this, it’s a tradition that my kids count on.​

What will your go-to easy -to-purchase and carry lunch/snack be?

Bonus tip: I bought an insulated water bottle for each child to have in the car, then when we’re hiking or touring Washington, DC on a long, hot summer day, I use a water bladder inside a hiking backpack loaded up with ice and water. It’s been an absolute lifesaver.

(This is the actual hiking backpack I use. It has enough room for carrying the Lunchables, snacks, additional printable activities, and more; then I added a water bladder. My 2L water bladder has been large enough for out trips and the extra large opening makes it easy to add a lot of ice. )

You wouldn’t think that such a simple thing as having a standard lunch and snack for every trip would be the key to helping you go on more family outings, but it is.