Not sure what to bring for your day trip? Consider the less is more, theory.
Bring items that are universal that can be used in different meals. Bread, cheese slices, tortillas, eggs.
If you prefer disposables consider bringing paper towel, silverware & paper plates
Fruit for snacks, cliff bars or your other on the go favorites for "Im having so much fun I don't want to make a sandwhich".
Sauces - bring all the sauces. Generally, they don't take up much room and can transform your meal in different ways using similar ingredients.
Eat clean, avoid packaged. Sure it's easy to grab pop tarts or donuts for breakfast. How does a nice piece of homeade bread with local jam sound? Bring your jam, find some bread from a bakery on the trip.
Make sure to bring your preferred accouterments for caffeine. Coffee, sugar, cream or creamer. You don't want to be a coffee drinker and realize you forgot this important piece of your life.
Here’s an example of our menu for our last 5 day trip we took to West Virginia
Half & half
Coffee (Cafe Bustelo)
2 bottles of wine
12 pack of beer
1 pack of (5) sausages
2 packages cheese slices - colby jack and a deli munster
1lb oven roasted turkey breast sliced
2 salsas - Herdez guacomole & Herzes casera
1 can of beans (we weren’t happy with our selection, consider an option with less sugar or nothing and funk it up yourself)
Can of refried beans (Lapreferida authentic)
1lb of pork steak
Package of clearance stuffed pasta we found in the fresh section of Meijer
1 large mason jar with my brewed iced tea, made at home (and a bottle of honey)
Jugs of spring water, filled locally
4 sticks of butter
Loaf of bread to hold us over until we found a local bakery
1 package everything pretzels
LETS GET SAUCY
Mustard - Inglehoffer stone ground
BBQ Sauce - Trader Joes Carolina Gold BBQ
Hot sauce - Trader Joes Green Dragon
Garlic Expressions salad vinegrette
Sir Kensingtons special sauce
2 red peppers
2 large onions
Package of mixed greens
Day one lunch: Sandwiches, strawberries
Day one dinner: Pasta, pasta sauce, bread with butter, salad with half a cumber
Day two breakfast: Breakfast tacos with eggs, half an avacado, salsa, bananna
Day two lunch: Sandwiches, chips & salsa
Day two dinner: Grilled pork steak, grilled half an onion & half a red pepper, can of beans, salad with other half of red pepper and half cucumber, bottle of wine
Day three breakfast: Cheesy eggs, bread with jam
Day three lunch: Cliff bar, chips and salsa bread and butter
Day three dinner: Tacos - half of leftover grilled pork steak, other half of onion, other red pepper (sauteed), other half of avocado. Refried beans heated in pan with cheese for dipping with tortilla chips. Bottle of wine
Day four breakfast: Breakfast tacos with eggs & salsa, local kombucha!
Day four lunch: Local cheese, everything pretzels
Day four dinner: Local sausages, potato, & onion in foil, bread, all the beer, all the wine
Day five breakfast: Breakfast sandwich from local deli
Day five lunch: Pepperoni rolls with ramps, picked up from a West Virginian grocery store - they’re a staple!