It’s spring break next week, y’all. And whether you’re going somewhere or not (but especially if you are), these weeks off lend themselves to a lot of snacking and/or eating on the go. In our case, we’re headed – in the car – to Florida to spend some much-needed QT with some sand and the in-laws.
This will be (wait for it) a THIRTEEN HOUR car ride. Both ways. With an almost 3-year-old. And I’m 5.5 months pregnant. Now, this is, on it’s face, totally insane. We are, however, relatively used to these car rides – we pretty regularly drive back to visit family in Michigan at 11-12 hours each way. While that might make us crazy, it’s also made us pretty good at eating on the road in a way that doesn’t make us feel like total death by the time we get where we’re going.
So, here’s what we’re packing for the drive:
We tend to leave for these things at like 4 or 5 in the morning, so we get where we’re going in time for dinner and to set up shop before bed. This sounds like a lot of stuff, and depending on the day, we eat more or less of it, but the idea is that it all packs pretty well, and whatever we don’t eat on the road, is fine for snacking throughout the trip.
- Wraps (ham & turkey, cheese, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, sauce/condiment of choice). We roll these up individually in paper towels and put them in a gallon ziplock in the cooler. They hold up well and the wrap/tortilla doesn’t tend to get real soggy like bread. Extra wraps/tortillas freeze well until the next trip, or get packed along to use for the drive back.
- Cheese sticks
- Yogurt pouches (we try to find the ones with the least sugar, but being portable and utensil-free is key, here)
- Boiled eggs
- Fruit (a couple apples, a carton of berries, a bag of grapes)
- Veggies (carrots, cucumber slices, bell pepper slices)
- Pita chips/crackers (cracker-wise, we love Back to Nature’s multigrain flax)
- Chocolate (duh)
- Plenty of water & some LaCroix
And, for a week of beach-going and snacking through lunch, we stock up on a lot of the same, to be honest. Some lunch meat, portable cheese & yogurt, crackers, fruit, hummus, carrots & cucumbers, nuts (pistachios are a fave)…
When we get to where we’re going, we usually get some oatmeal, sliced/sliceable bread, nut butter, and some eggs for easy breakfasts, and dinners we’ll go out or plan with the fam.
What are some of your family’s favorite road trip/vacation/snacky foods?
Sarah Blackburn (Simon, pre-primary)