Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Packing a Road Trip Picnic

This past weekend, my husband and I went on a trip to our Nation's Capital. I had never been to Washington, D.C. until this outing, and it did not disappoint.

Whenever we go on road trips, we generally try to stay away from fast-food stops. So, even on trips that just take a couple of hours, we pack a "road trip picnic," which can be eaten in the car or carried on sight-seeing strolls. This is what we brought on this trip:

Ham and provolone sandwiches with mustard and Claussen pickles on French rolls
Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper Kettle Chips
Home-made Kettle Corn
Dried Fruit
Apples and Bananas
Cherry Chocolate Chunk cookies
Provolone cheese, goat cheese and Wheat Thins
Dry roasted peanuts
Bottles of water
A bottle of wine (to enjoy at the hotel after a long day of walking)

When you pack your road trip picnic, make sure that you only have enough refrigerated items that you can eat within 10 hours or so, or that you don't mind tossing anything that has not been eaten. Alas, we had to throw away some perfectly wonderful goat cheese and provolone.

Also, when you are packing, you don't want to have to do a lot of cooking. I made the kettle corn the day before our trip, and put together the sandwiches right before we left. Everything else, I picked up from the store or bakery or pulled out of our pantry.

If you take a road trip picnic, here are a few other items that you will want to remember to pack in your picnic basket:

Cheese knife
Cutting board
Extra Ziploc bags
Trash bags
Wine bottle opener
Plastic cups (for the wine)
A kitchen towel or a few paper towels
A couple of freezer packs in your cooler

Do you take road trip picnics? If so, what do you pack?

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Chandra said...

I love your photography. What do you shoot with, BTW?

Barefoot Belle said...

I have a Nikon D60 and love it! The husband really surprised me by getting it for our aniversary! I am learning slowly how to use it, so any good photos are really due to the camera and not me. Hopefully one of these days I can take a class so I'll be somewhat worthy of my camera.

Chandra said...

I'll talk camera with you anytime. :) Although I'm a Canon girl. But I have a lot of friends with your camera...

Cate said...

I know a good hotel in Arlington that has kitchenettes in the rooms. It also serves a good breakfast. Quite often people live there while looking for apartments. It's also close to a train station.