We're planning a weekend away with the DC's to visit a theme park. We live quite a distance away so will travel down the evening before, stay in a hotel and hit the gates as they open. We don't want to rely on the cafes there as that will be hugely expensive (especially with dc who are always on the look out for the next snack). For a day trip I'd normally be sorted, make sandwiches, take veggie sticks and dips, prepare fruit, etc, and either take a cool box or put an ice block in a lunch bag if some things need to be kept cool. But as this will need to be sorted out on the Friday, for Saturday and Sunday, that won't work. I dont want to have to go to the supermarket each day (dragging exhausted dc wont be fun, and on the Sunday morning the supermarkets wont be open before the themepark anyway) What easy things can be bought/prepared a few days in advance and don't need to be kept refridgerated? I'd thought sausage rolls, bread sticks, crisps, chopped dried fruit, but after that got a bit stuck. Any ideas? Thanks.
Prepare you normal picnic on the Friday night and it should be fine for the Saturday with plenty of ice packs and well insulated picnic bag.
On the Sunday could you have a big breakfast where you're staying and then have some snacks like crisps, brioche rolls etc. Those tuna light lunches don't need to be refrigerated and they're not too bad, or the flavoured pots of tuna with rolls.
I wouldn't like to eat a sausage roll that had been I refrigerated for that long!
You can get sandwich fillings which don't need refrigerating. Don't make up in advance just take the things with you that you need for the day and make sandwiches up when you break for lunch. Aside from that for snacks take things like fruit and biscuits.
A well-packed cool bag with plenty of ice blocks will keep a picnic for Saturday cool so that you can include the normal sandwiches, carrot sticks etc. (I'd probably not risk the dips though if they're mayonnaise-based as they would need to stay really cool to be ok).
Sunday you could have cheese and oat cakes, cherry tomatoes, apples and dried fruit, cakes etc. It's important to have a bit of protein (why I've suggested cheese) in your lunch otherwise you'll all feel hungry and probably get grumpy! Cheese packed in the cool bag on Friday will be fine on Sunday. The French don't even keep cheese in the fridge a lot of the time!