Going on a road trip with the family doesn’t have to mean you stop at every fast food restaurant to get a meal. If you’re budget smart and healthy, you can pack a picnic to take to outside, or snacks to eat while riding in the car. There are many items ideal for children so they won’t make a mess in the car, and recipes easy to store for a few hours if you don’t plan on eating for some time after getting out on the road. Use these ideas to create a great road trip meal plan that won’t strain your wallet or your jeans.
One of the things you might not think about when taking a road trip, is a full meal you would typically prepare at home. Sloppy Joes are easy to fix the night before you leave and great the next day. Prepare the meat, add the sauce, and store it in a container. Place the container in the refrigerator overnight, and heat the meat in the morning before you leave. It’s best to eat the Sloppy Joes soon after you get on the road as you won’t have a way to heat the meat, or you can store in tin foil to keep it warm.
This is a light meal that can be enjoyed with both crackers and bread. All you need to do is chop fresh chicken into small pieces, add enough mayonnaise to coat it, finishing the meal with pieces of celery, chopped nuts, and a few slices of grape. Keep it cool in a small cooler and have it ready for a snack or even a midday meal.
Ideal for any road trip, sandwiches are a mainstay of eating on the go. Whether it’s peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese, or tuna, there’s a sandwich for everyone. Each person can make their own before leaving, placing them in a cooler so they stay fresh. Add juice boxes, water bottles, or soda; as well as a few healthy treats or snacks. For a little extra protein and energy, pack up some Gio’s Jerky or a can of salted nuts. You have a full meal that is easy to make and easy to enjoy while in the car, or at a picnic table.
This is an easy meal for young kids, and a great breakfast snack while on the go. Simply fill some plastic cups with plain or flavored yogurt. Toddler cups that have lids are perfect. Then pack some fresh fruit like blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe slices, and a bit of dry granola in separate containers. Have everyone top their yogurt with their choice of toppings and have some plastic spoons at the ready. Keep the lids nearby so there won’t be any spills, and kids can come back and finish them later.
A road trip doesn’t have to be all about going out to eat when you’re hungry, and you don’t have to consume lots of junk food either. There are some tasty recipes to enjoy with the family and some easy to prepare meals you can make before heading out. Use these ideas to get started, and have a great trip!