1 Cooler, 1 Weekend Getaway Addendum

October 29, 2010 | By | Comments (2)

For most weekends, I live out of a cooler. (That’s where the idea for the 1 Cooler, 1 Weekend Getaway August 2010 story came from). Three years of practice have taught me a lot about packing food for efficiency without sacrificing the pleasure of a well-prepared meal.

Dinner has never been an issue on these 1-cooler weekends, but lunch has always been tricky. I’ve flip-flopped between sandwiches and salads, but this past summer, I finally hit on a really simple way to take care of lunch. Pack the following:

-2 fruits: 1 bunch seedless red grapes, apples or pears, a melon, whatever you like (This pear was a bit premature, but when your 45 minutes from a grocery store, you make do.)

-2 hunks of good cheese (Cambozola is frequently one of them.)

-1 salami or a package of sliced Proscuitto

-Box or packet of whole-grain crackers/flatbreads (Which one? Check our Cracker Taste Test)

To make lunch, all you need is a knife and cutting board. Assemble individual servings on plates or just pile everything onto one. You’ll have enough* for two days of lunches for two people, and plenty of stuff on hand if unexpected visitors stop by and you need to whip out a tray of snacks. (Use the fruit or a handful of the dinner’s salad greens to stretch.)

*Provided you can resist scarfing the entire piece of Cambozola at one sitting, which is VERY hard to do.


  1. dorothy

    This has to get me from Va. to Nebaska. I think I can do it

    July 16, 2015 at 9:54 am
  2. Pamela Cummings

    Please please please do another version of the one weekend one cooler! I love it and have adapted it slightly to use for camping with my family – I’d love another version to try.

    August 4, 2013 at 11:01 am

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