August 11, 2011 at 6:00 am
Last year around this time, we went on a big road trip. We traveled in an RV to South Dakota, where we saw all the sites.
It was a great trip, but we had a lot of food restrictions in place at the time which made dining out challenging.
I was thinking about your trip recently and the foods we brought because so many families take a vacation this time of year before school starts.
The following were some foods we brought that made eating a little easier, healthier and cheaper. We were lucky enough to have a refrigerator/freezer and even an oven on board, but lots of these foods travel well in a cooler or even in a backpack!
- Homemade muffins, cookies or scones can be made and frozen ahead of time, and thawed on the road to extend their “shelf life”
- Fruit leather (sure, fresh fruit is better, but is also goes bad eventually)
- Trail mix — fried fruit, nuts, cereal, pretzels, etc. But be careful with young kids snacking in the car
- Good ol’ PB and J. Not only are the sandwiches portable (for short trips), but the ingredients travel well too. Justin’s Nut Butter has a little more packaging, but is really nice while on the road.
- Larabars, Bumblebars, Kind bars and Odwalla Bars are all big favorites here
- Odwalla and Naked Juices also make good smoothies, which can keep in a cooler for a quick breakfast or snack
- We always bring chamomile and mint tea bags for upset tummies and to help us relax when we are in a new place and feeling a little antsy around bedtime
- If you have access to a stove, you can’t beat the convenience of tortillas, refried or canned beans (Eden brand cans are BPA-free) and cheese for a quick lunch or dinner.
- Apples and grapes usually travel well (again, watch grapes in the car), but when fresh fruit isn’t an option, unsweetened applesauce cups are a nice travel convenience.
- Oatmeal packets are handy for breakfast. You can bring healthier, lower-sugar versions from home and make them at most hotel continental breakfast stations.
- A big bowl of pasta salad or rice and bean salad can be stretched for several meals.
- We also like to bring our own empty water bottles and travel drink mugs to keep refilling
What healthy foods and snacks do you like to bring when you travel?