When it comes to eating on a road trip we like to have the foods we like close by.
I plan on eating breakfast and lunch out of our travel kitchen and dinner is either out at a restaurant, a pre-made meal at a local grocery store (rotisserie chicken and potato salad) or at a friend’s house. When eating out after a long day of driving think play place or Chuck-E-Cheese so kids can get their energy out!
My TRAVEL KITCHEN consists of three “bags”
1. good size cooler
2. a pantry bag
3. a snack bag, this bag stays within arms reach for easy grabbing
In the cooler:
-Ice or ice packs, depends on your accomidations- will you have access to refreeze an ice pack? If not then use ice, just dump melted ice and water and add new from hotel or buy a bag at the store
-milk (half-gallon leaves more room in cooler)
-OJ, again half-gallon
-sandwich meat and cheese
-small mayo or mustard
-fruit, avocados, bananas, apples, oranges
-spinach for sandwiches, eat your greens
-a few sodas, gatorade, other special drink your family likes
-favorite coffee creamer, this guarantees a decent cup of coffee at any hotel
-cereal (for eating in hotel room, not on the road)
-bread for sandwiches
-paper towel roll
-wipes, baby or anti-bacterial; another option for cleaning is a wet washcloth in a plastic bag
-spoon for everyone for cereal
-1 knife and fork
-large size plastic or styrofoam cups for cereal and drinks, paper plates/bowls
-A vitamin C something… like Emergen-C or Airborne, no need to get sick on vacation
Snack bag, this is kept within arms reach:
-I like to buy the convenience store snacks everyone likes at the store before we go to save money
-popcorn or chips, granola
-pack your family favorites
A Note About Water:
I buy water by the gallon, 1 gallon for each person to start the trip
pack water bottles for everyone and refill these as needed, save money and gets everyone drinking water
Old Sheet for picnicing
1-2 kitchen towels for clean-ups or place mats for picnicing
First Aid kit– Make your own or purchase one at the store. Band-aids, triple antibiotic, headache medicine, sleep aid, allergy medicine, all your go-to first aid and medicine items. A shoe box or small plastic container works good for this.
That’s a basic run down of a good travel kitchen for your road trip.
If you find you are in need of something,
think like a local and go to the closest grocery or discount store (Wal-mart is everywhere) and get what you need.
Enjoy your trip!