Making Sandwiches Without Throwing Away Bags Every Day

by doodaddy on August 18, 2007

OK, these are just cool — reusable sandwich wrappers called Wrap-N-Mats. (Just to be clear, this is not a sponsored post. I honestly just like these.)

I discovered them back when I was a nature guide, a time when I’d’ve been shamed into a steaming pile of hemp dust had I dared to bring paper napkins or plastic wrap in my lunch. It’s a simple thing: a cloth backing on a non-chlorinated-vinyl (PEVA) liner with a Velcro closure. You can wash it, which I do mostly by hand, although every once in a while I’ll throw it in the laundry on gentle.

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My favorite technique was to pre-make a dozen PB&Js, freeze them in the Wrap-N-Mats, and then pull two or three out on the morning of a long hike. They’d keep cool in my pack, so they were thawed-not-yucky by the time lunch rolled around.


More eco-friendly lunch alternatives

  • I use real metal utensils, not plastic. I picked up a half-dozen mismatched forks, spoons, and knives for a penny apiece at the local thrift store so I don’t risk accidentally losing our household flatware. Once used, I take the utensils home in the now-empty sandwich wrappers.
  • I’m a big fan of bandannas as all-purpose field wipes, and to this day I’m rarely without a couple in my pocket and diaper bag. You can get them all over (here’s one place, but there are many) for about 50 cents if you buy a dozen, although unfortunately, the organic cotton ones still seem to cost about 30 times that price.

I’m also a big fan of using lingerie bags as diaper-bag organizers, but I think I’ll save that for another day!

As parents, we essentially need to “pack a picnic” almost every time we leave the house. Any other tips?

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Annie August 18, 2007 at 5:39 pm

Very cool, and the freezing the sandwiches definitely must be a Dad thing. On the (rare) occasions that my Dad had sole responsibility for us if our Mum was away – he’d make our whole week’s worth of sandwiches and pack us off with a frozen batch each morning to school!

I need tips on how to remember to pack that picnic in the diaper bag – I’m useless at remembering the snacks!


Probably so! Or a hiking guy thing — if your frozen sandwiches are next to your apple and your water, everything survives the hot day a little better!

I dunno about the “how-to-remember” thing, except to say that I *leave my diaper bag packed* — something I don’t seem to be able to convince my wife to do. (We’re a two-diaper bag family.) That includes some snacks, but obviously only the ones that don’t need refrigeration: crackers, veggie puffs, raisins, rice cakes. At least that way you’re never *completely* without food…

–Dd.

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Taste Like Crazy August 18, 2007 at 6:05 pm

Oh come on, “sponsored posts” aren’t that bad…they only hurt the first couple of times. 😉

These things look really cool. We go through a TON of zip-lock bags and this is a great alternative.

Not to mention, Tucker could take them on his hiking trips.


You know, I don’t really mind sponsored posts — but I do take them less seriously, I have to admit. It’s like a normal post has about 10 seconds to get my attention, and a sponsored post has about 3. It’s not that I *won’t* be interested — it’s just that I have to ration my time, you know?

Does that make sense? I’m not anti-; I’m just ambivalent. –Dd.

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cryitout August 19, 2007 at 7:10 am

Thanks for the tips! I really like the freezer PBandJ idea. It seems so perfect.

Just to join in, I don’t mind sponsored at all, so long as it’s mentioned up front. Then you can take everything with a grain of salt.

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D. Perreira February 20, 2008 at 6:44 pm

Great idea except I’m not really sharp on the thought of carrying something around to bring home everyday. You sound ultra organized…it’s not that way in my household!

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doodaddy February 20, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Me, organized? Hardly!

It’s actually not that big a deal to bring something home — I’ve got the commuter coffee mug already, and usually an insulated lunch bag and maybe some leftovers in plastic containers. Once you start that kind of habit, it comes naturally!

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