Turn Errands into Adventures with Road Picnics

The fun of picnics or traveling with food needn’t be left only for the summer or long road trips.

The practice of eating food out of doors on a regular basis can be fun, take the guesswork out of meals away from home and can be a sanity-saver if you happen to be stuck somewhere with hungry family! I picked up this great habit of always carrying food with me when my son was born. It made staying out for longer than planned a breeze and prevented grumpy hunger-induced eruptions on our day-to-day travels.

Highway Hunger: Picnic to the Rescue

One time, hubby, Wee One and I were all out for the day when were stuck on the highway for over an hour due to an accident right around lunchtime. Oh was I ever relieved to have had my packed picnic kit! We ate like kings on the road and not only did it help pass the time, but keeping hunger at bay meant we were all in a much better mood despite the very long wait. I was curious about this practice so I did a little digging to learn more.

Picnicking With Style

The act of eating outdoors originated in France in the Middle Ages. It was an activity of the upper class first noted in France in 1692; they would ‘pique nique’ (the French origin of the word) outdoors during the hunt. What you pack for food needn’t be complicated, boring or even complete, but definitely make it delicious. I discovered it was better to have something with you than nothing. Mix it up and get creative. The choices are many and can depend on what you feel like having or have available in your fridge. Here are a few things we like to pack and that make passing food back from the drivers seat, easier and are perfect for car picnics. I like to pack sandwiches, simple or elaborate, come cut up fruit and cheese in Ziploc bags, wraps of any kind, perfect for eating on the road, pre-cut and no-fuss fresh fruit and vegetables, individual pasta salads or leftovers in reusable containers that taste good cold. As long as it is made portable, you can pretty much add in anything. We like to add in some good stand bys of granola bars and of course, a few cookies can’t hurt to if you need to appease your little (or big) passengers. Don’t forget to add in some drinks or a thermos of tea or coffee. Pack it with frozen cooler packs to keep the food cool. Oh and remember extra napkins, wet wipes to clean hands and faces, and a table cloth and you’ll be ready to ‘picnic’ anywhere, anytime and in style!


For a little more on picnics as it pertains to classical painting, check out this video about the painting ‘Breakfast in the Open Air’ by Edouard Manet.

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