Holiday traveling and drive-thru food seems to go hand, and hand. Even when we pack our own meals and pick-out local hot-spots we want to try, it always seems like there is something that causes us to run in for a quick bite along the route, at some point. Whether we’re strapped for time, or just wanting something that’s hot because we’ve been eating PB&J for two days, drive-thru happens! You can make the most of your drive-thru run by following our seven tips for success (below); because let’s face it, when drive-thru happens, you usually regret the decision, someone’s food is missing, or there’s ketchup where it shouldn’t be!
Top 7 Drive-Thru Tips for Holiday Travelers
I. The holidays are a fun time a drive-thru restaurants because they often offer great deals on gift cards. Before your trip, try to locate a a gift card for your favorite places that may offer you a bonus for purchasing. If you use the card on your trip and it helps you get more for your money, awesome! If not, save it for next time or gift it to someone else.
II. Ask everyone what they want before you get into the line (if possible). This will save you and everyone in the vehicle from added frustration.
III. If the driver isn’t confident in his/her ordering skills, consider walking in and carrying out your order. Sometimes my husband panics when I’m speaking to him while he is trying to speak to the cashier. This causes him to miss an order or confuse everyone around him. If the driver isn’t up for the task of ordering, send someone inside to place a carryout instead.
IV. Turn OFF your radio! Nobody can hear you order with the radio on, even just a little. Turn it all the way off.
V. Don’t buy drinks! Skip purchasing drinks that are messy and wasteful by packing a cooler with beverages instead. Drinks are much more affordable when purchased from your local grocer, and they allow you to choose containers that more appropriate for traveling.
VI. Never leave the parking lot without checking your bags for all of your order, utensils, and napkins!
VII. Don’t rule out Pizza! Pizza is the most affordable route for families, even while traveling in your car. Choose “light sauce” and skip the dipping cups. We use the box lid as plates too!