Summer Picnics and Road Trips

One thing I absolutely love about summer is taking a road trip.  And because I have boys who are always hungry, going on a road trip means packing a picnic lunch. Health Canada has some advice for parents on what to pack and bring while road tripping.

I love trail mix, so do my boys. They love the homemade mixture because you can throw anything in it.  My kids also love; cucumber coins, cherries, watermelon, pb & banana sandwiches, strawberries with yogurt dipping, salad and a few other goodies which I pack along when go on a family adventure.

What to bring on a family picnic!

Plates and Cutlery – You can pick up camping plates and cutlery or paper plates and plastic forks and spoons to take with you while having a picnic.  I opt for paper plates because they are disposable and I always look for ones that are enviro-friendly so nothing goes to waste.

Blanket – You can’t have a picnic without a soft blanket to sit on.  I know some people opt to bring chairs, but there’s nothing like sitting on the blanket on the beach or grass with your family to enjoy a meal on the road.

Plastic or Resealable Containers – I find using ziploc baggies, resealable containers like tupperwear for our fruits and veggies to put into our picnic basket makes it easier to keep things fresh and put away when the kids want to go and play in the sun.

Garbage Bag – Don’t leave a mess no matter where you are. Have a garbage bag on hand so you can clear out the left overs and keep the wild animals from getting at things that could potentially harm them and the environment.

Ice Packs – Help keep things cool by bringing ice packs along with you.  They help to not only keep your food cold but drinks also. Nobody likes a warm drink on a hot sunny day.

Napkins or Wet Wipes – I cannot tell you how many times we’ve had a picnic and my LO has asked for a wet nap to wash his hands after eating. Now I don’t go anywhere without them.

What do you pack in your picnic basket for your family?

Disclosure: I partnered with Health Canada. All opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for reading!


  1. Jeannie July 15, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Great tips!! We like going on road trips probably because we can stop whenever the kids needs a break…unlike riding on an airplane.

  2. Jenna Em August 13, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    All 5 of our kids are also great eaters, and they love a picnic! My favourite thing to pack for a picnic is Julienne salad. I just love the combination of egg slices and chicken strips!

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author August 15, 2013 at 3:17 am

      I have never tried that Jenna. I'll have to check that out. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

  3. Coffee with Julie August 13, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Trail mix is a must for us! It's healthy, filling, and has protein with the nuts in it. For a full-blown picnic, we usually have hard boiled eggs as well as tomato, salami, cheese, and fresh loaf of French bread.

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author August 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Ohhhhh french loaf, I never thought of that. Will be adding that to my basket next go out.

  4. Brandi August 13, 2013 at 7:27 am

    I love picnics!! And road trips are the perfect way to incorporate them…not to mention save a lot of money as well! lol. You pretty much included everything in your list of what to pack that I would 🙂 Great ideas!

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author August 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Thanks Brandi! 🙂

  5. Erin @ Lifes Little August 13, 2013 at 6:14 am

    I've never been able to take my son on a picnic due to his tendency to bolt (he's autistic) but I imagine one day he will be mature enough and we will be able to. Wet wipes are a must-have for me anytime so I'd definitely have them along 🙂

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author August 13, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Awww I'm sorry to hear that Erin. You know my son has sensory disorder and he often took off. I went to Walmart and bought a tiger leash, a plus knapsack looking backpack leash for parents to keep toddlers nearby. And yes wet wipes are a must lol 🙂

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