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.

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Here’s an example of our menu for our last 5 day trip we took to West Virginia

COFFEE

  • Sugar

  • Half & half

  • Coffee (Cafe Bustelo)

LOCAL

  • Bread loaf

  • 2 bottles of wine

  • 12 pack of beer

  • 1 pack of (5) sausages

  • 2 cheeses

CONVEINENT

  • 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

OTHER

  • Salt, pepper

  • 1 large mason jar with my brewed iced tea, made at home (and a bottle of honey)

  • Jugs of spring water, filled locally

BASICS

  • Tortillas

  • Eggs

  • Jam

  • 4 sticks of butter

  • Olive oil

  • tortilla chips

  • Loaf of bread to hold us over until we found a local bakery

SNACKS

  • 1 package everything pretzels

  • Bananas

  • Strawberries

  • Tortilla chips

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

FRESH

  • 1 avacado

  • 2 red peppers

  • 2 large onions

  • 3 potatoes

  • 1 cucumber

  • Package of mixed greens

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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!

We came home with half a can of refried beans, half a jar of pasta sauce, extra jam and your favorite sauces you already snatched from the fridge to enjoy at home. Think simply, think fresh (or fresh-ish)