As spring break draws near, you might be planning a road trip of your own. If car travel is in your near future, you will benefit from these food tips – while saving time, money and your health.
- Purchase in bulk before leaving: Get all your family favorites before leaving the house: granola bars, chips, cereal boxes, snack mix, gum, water, juice drinks, soda. Nothing will sap a vacation budget faster than an additional $20-30 per gas stop spent on snacks all at elevated prices. Put them in an organized tote within reach and take turns being the snack retriever.
- Pack a car cooler: Making sandwiches in the car, or at a roadside rest stop, is a great way to avoid that fried food lunch. Lunch meat, cheeses, mayo, uncrustable peanut butter and jelly, prepackaged apple slices or carrots are all great options. Place in a cooler with ice, or one that plugs into your car a/c outlet (which can also plug into a wall outlet at a hotel in the evenings.) If your road trip is less than 2-3 days, your food will be fresh for the trip’s duration. Hint: Plug in car coolers are meant to keep things cool, not cool them from warm temperature (ie. drinks).
- Plan dining spots ahead: Look online before leaving or en route to determine dining options in the cities where you’ll be traveling, based on mileages and destinations. Knowing where you’re headed proves invaluable when the troops are hungry and you are in a strange city. It also helps prevent the temptation to stop at a fast food chain to squelch the hunger and tension. And everyone gets to be part of the decision – before growling stomachs take the place of reason!