Healthy Bag Lunches for Field Trips and Other Outings

By Connie Overlock


Taking kids on outings is a great way to break up the homeschool week. Educational field trips, trips to the beach, or a trip to the HOME Convention can be fun and educational and result in much needed time together as a family. However, failure to plan ahead for those hungry, growing bodies can have less than satisfactory outcomes.


A simple bag lunch with a few extra snacks can help you make the most out of your time outside and away from the schoolbooks. Some healthy options that you can add to your lunch box include:


  • Cheese sticks
  • Crackers like wheat thins, (or nut thins for a gluten free option)
  • Individual peanut butter packets
  • Celery
  • Apples and oranges
  • Nuts, dark chocolate covered nuts and raisins
  • Power bars
  • Mason jar salads
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Carrot sticks
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Popcorn
  • Muffins


If attending the HOME convention, you won’t want to miss precious shopping time in the vendor hall, having to run out for food. Consider packing and bringing lunches that the whole family can enjoy and make the most of your experience while gleaning ideas, perusing new curriculum, and making connections with other homeschool families.


No Bake Energy Bites:

1/2 cup oats

1 cup ground flaxseed

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup  honey


Mix all ingredients together. Put in fridge for 1/2 hour. Roll into 1” balls. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.


Connie Overlock is a veteran homeschool mom of five and gramma to four. She homeschooled her children from kindergarten through high school and several of them graduated from college. Connie has a passion for supporting and encouraging homeschool families in their journey and now works as the office manager for Homeschoolers of Maine.