Struggling to figure out what to put in your spouse’s duty bag for those days when they just don’t have time to stop and eat? Because let’s face it… that’s almost every day! Fretting about the times your loved one doesn’t have a minute to spare for lunch because they are mired in paperwork? Here are a few grab and go food items you can add to your grocery list so your spouse will never have to go hungry on the job again.
40 Grab and Go Food Items for his or her Duty Bag
- Clif bars or other meal replacement bars
- Protein shakes or other meal replacement shakes like Boost or Ensure
- Minute rice cups or microwave ready rice packs
- Can tuna snacks with the crackers
- Ration packs: Mountain House, Alpine Aire and Backpackers Pantry brands available at MEC
- Campbell’s ready to eat soups and stews single serving size with the pull tops
- Chef-boy-ar-dee ready to eat single size cans with the pull tops
- A can of beans (Bulldog’s go to but God bless his partner who has to ride with him later!)
- Kraft Dinner cups
- Vienna sausages
- Instant oatmeal
- Cheese: strings, curds, babybel
- Ramen noodles (Mr. Noodle packs) instant noodles
- Plain crackers. (Use a Tupperware container so they don’t get crushed.)
- Hard veggies: carrot sticks, celery sticks, cauliflower florets, etc.
- Little packs of peanut butter, jam (for the crackers) and salad dressings (good for dip for the veggies) that you get in restaurants
- Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps (Bulldog approved because it gives him crunch and keeps him off the potato chips.)
- Nuts: almonds, peanuts, cashews, pistachios, etc.
- Trail mix
- Raisins or crasins
- Squeezable applesauce
- Dried fruit: apple chips, banana chips, dried apricot, etc.
- Seeds; pumpkin, sunflower, etc.
- Granola bars: Gorp, Natures Valley (homemade ones have less sugar)
- Canned veggies or fruit cups with the pull top opening
- Pop tarts
- Dry cereal
- Mini snickers or other chocolate bars (stock up after Halloween when they’re on sale!)
- Fruit gummies
- Endurance Tap Energy Gel: available at MEC
- Energy Chews: available at MEC
- Peperoni sticks
- Yogurt tubes. (I hesitate with these because they really should be refrigerated and can make a sticky mess if they get squished and pop open in the bottom of the bag. It is best to store them in a ziploc bag.)
- Tea bags, instant coffee or hot chocolate packets
- Juice boxes
- Bottled water (I prefer the more eco friendly refillable water bottle)
- Sugar packets (for your tea or coffee)
Things to consider when choosing food items to store in the duty bag
- Is it able to be opened easily without a mechanical device?
- Can it be eaten straight away or by adding hot water?
- Does it come in individual sized containers?
- Is the packaging durable? Keep food items in small bento boxes or plastic containers to prevent food from spilling or getting crushed.
Check out 5 Ways Shiftwork and Dinnertime Can Come Together for more ideas on how to get dinner to your favourite cop.
What are some food items you put in your favourite police officer’s duty bag? Comment below with your ideas!