During the summer months, many people hit the road for a road trip. While it is fun to eat out on vacation, it is smart to bring some of your own food. By bringing your own food, you can save money and eat healthier. When hunger hits on the road, you will have snacks ready to go!
Being prepared ahead of time for a trip will help you to feel not as stressed with all that you have to do before you leave.
Tips for packing food for a road trip:
1. MAKE A LIST
A week or so before you leave for your trip, plan out what you need for the trip in terms of food and make a list. Think about if you need to bring any meals, if you need to eat the meal in the car or not, if your hotel has a fridge and/or microwave, etc. Think about how long you will be gone and how much you will need.
2. BEST FOODS FOR TRAVELINGS – SNACKS
- Fresh fruits- apples, oranges, bananas, etc.
- Fresh vegetables- celery, carrots, mini bell peppers
- Bars- protein, granola bars, etc.
- Crackers- whole-grain crackers and goldfish
- Beef jerky- protein rich and easy to eat on the road
- Nuts- filling and require no refrigeration
- Greek yogurt
- Chips/candy for a vacation treat- you’re on vacation, treat yourself!
3. BEST FOODS FOR TRAVELING – MEALS
- Homemade pasta salad with beans, cheese or chicken for protein- pack in plastic containers and bring plastic forks so you can throw away once you are done.
- Sandwiches- ham sandwiches or PB and J on trips works well.
- Egg casseroles- if you have a fridge, bring along a healthy baked egg casserole which can be heated up the next morning for a nutritious, inexpensive breakfaSt.
- Healthy fast food- some fast food restaurants have fairly healthy options such as Subway or a grilled chicken sandwich from another restaurant
4. PREPARE THE FOOD AHEAD OF TIME
The night before you leave, pack up all of the food that does not need to be refrigerated in a bag and have it ready to go. Anything that is perishable, chop up the night before such as veggies and put them in a plastic bag in the fridge. Make a section of all the food you need in the fridge so that you can just load it into the cooler the next day. Being prepared ahead of time for a trip will help you to feel not as stressed with all that you have to do before you leave.
5. PACK UP IN A COOLER OR REUSABLE BAG
Right before you go, pack up all of your food. A cooler or insulated reusable bag will work. Reusable insulated bags are great once the food is gone, they fold up easily and do not take up as much room as a cooler. It depends on how far your trip is of course – food safety first!