Whether it's snacks in the car or a favorite roadside eatery,
you have to eat! After years of experience on many road trips
and tons of food consumed, I can safely say that I can recommend
the following items as perfect road food snacks.
sure you place perishiables in a cooler (I avoid coolers all together).
Steer clear of foods that are messy and hard to handle.
Avoid meltables like chocolate. Although a favorite candy - peanut
butter cups do not travel well. They melt, they're messy and hard
to unwrap. Several candy bars fall within the meltable category.
The best traveling candy is M&Ms. As the saying goes, they
melt in your mouth, not in your hand.
your own trail mix - choose bite sized treats. I try and stay
away from yucky dried fruits, but if you're a health nut - knock
yourself out. I prefer a good mix of M&Ms (plain, peanut,
peanut butter - it's all good), mixed nuts, pretzels, sunflower
seeds, Chex party mix, Cheese Its or Nabs, Buggels... you get
the idea. It's great to grab a handful.
Always bring along bottled water. You can drink it cold or tepid.
Soft drinks aren't very tasty unless they are cold. Try to buy
soft drinks during pit stops - gas, lunch, or rest areas - and
drink them then.
it's cold outside or you just need a burst of caffeine to keep
you going, make sure to bring along a thermos of hot coffee (or
cocoa). Don't be shy at fast food restaurants - ask them to refill
it when you're running low.
individually wrapped snack cakes and crackers and chips are all
good bets, but avoid chocolate coated cookies (see meltables above).
Krispy Kreme glazed donuts are a yummy treat and will last for
a few days (this only works if traveling through a low humidity
area)! Make sure to look for the hot sign!
okay... you say I only list junk food. Well, as a rule that's
what makes a good road trip. But if you must, bring along something
healthy try apples, bananas, grapes - the less messy fruits. But
remember, they don't stay fresh forever. I've been in a car that
smelled like a brewery when leftover grapes were not disposed
of and banana peels are nasty creatures. If you don't want the
processed foods, bring along homemade goodies - muffins, cookies,
pack sandwiches - whatever sounds good. Just remember, keep it
simple and avoid a mess.
for a quick meal. Combine your fill-up stops with a meal. Fast
food drive-thrus are a quick alternative to a road trip on a schedule
and now many gas stations have combined with fast food restaurants.
However, eating and driving can be messy and dangerous. We don't
recommend it, but if you do... Don't order a huge sandwich with
lots of toppings or you'll find half the contents in your lap.
Fries are an easy fast food to manage, just limit the ketchup.
to sit down for a meal. There are several restaurants lined along
Interstate exits. For something quick, stick with the fast food
chains. You've eaten it before, you know what you like, they all
taste the same. But if you have a little extra time, relax and
be served. My favorite road trip eatery is the Cracker Barrel
- good country cooking and a little country store to boot. You
can't miss with the chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes and
sawmill gravy! And if you're there on Wednesday or Saturday, make
sure you try the potato soup. Plus you can pick up a free map
inside that lists all the Barrels throughout the country.
you're near a well populated area, you can find chain restaurants
right off the highway. Look for areas with shopping malls and
college campuses. You'll likely find Red Lobster, Olive Garden,
Chilis, Roadhouse Grill, Outback Steakhouse to name a few.
for those of you more adventurous, stop off at a little Mom &
Pop restaurant or even a truck stop. You don't know what you'll
find but it could be good (or not so much...).
last tip...always bring along a package of disposable wipes (anti-bacterial
is a smart choice). I always keep a package in my car for every
day use. They're handy for quick clean ups after pumping gas or
messy snacks. Remember... good hygiene is always important, even
us about your favorite roadside eatery and maybe we'll add it
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