Another beginner inquiry from someone who can't tell a capon from a crouton and still uses a P38 can opener in the kitchen. I want to save time & money & lose weight, and going out for fast food for lunch is holding me back on all three. I'd prefer to avoid coolers and refrigerators, but sometimes they would be available, as would occasional access to a microwave. Most of the time I would just want to reach into a desk drawer or into the back seat of my car and grab something ready to eat. Raisins, bananas, apples, granola bars, beef jerky, GORP are already being used, along with peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. What else is out there? The next step may be little pull-top cans of fruit cocktail. I could save money by investing a little time in mixing my own fruit cups, without syrup, when refrigeration is available. What would you pack for lunch or picnics in hot weather?