Our drive to Florida was adventurous and part of the fun is definitely eating at places along the way. However, we did want to be careful with our time and money and did the best with could with packing meals. PLUS, we noticed that after a greasy fast-food meal, we felt so sluggish. Here are some ideas that worked well…
I prepared all of this the night before and when we left early the next morning, I took everything out of the fridge and packed it into a cooler for the car.
Tupperware: I kept all of the snacks (that didn’t need to be cold) in a tupperware bin that had a nice cover on it – that way, the things that might get crunched would be protected and I could find it in the car easily.
Cups: Target had a great little set of disposable cups with covers and straws that was helpful – I brought and bought drinks that they kids split so the cups were so handy.
Baggies: Target also had colorful ziplock baggies so I designated a color to each child so I knew who got their snacks along the way.
Putting pretzels, crackers, fruit and veggies into these small baggies is so helpful because then you can just throw the baggies to each child and they had a nice portion and didn’t spill all over the car.
Cooler: Obviously a cooler is necessary for things you would like to keep cold. We loved using a large soft-bag kind this last trip because when we didn’t need it, we could easily fold it up (whereas the hard box kind would just take up space).
Driver Snacks: This is something I did differently this trip and was so glad I did. I packed a separate bag of snacks for my hubby and I because I wanted them easily accessible for us while we were driving. A few of our favorites: sunflower seeds, celery and carrot sticks, and hard candies all are munchies that keep us attentive 🙂
- Frozen yogurt sticks – defrosted by the time we were ready to eat them.
- Toasted bagels ahead of time, then spread them with cream cheese.
- Juice boxes (froze half of them so that the ones that the kids would have for lunch would keep the other food cold and defrost by the time we needed them)
- Grapes – already washed and cut in half and put into baggies for each person.
- Tuna pasta salad – my kids aren’t crazy about this, but my husband and I love it. I usually make mine with pasta, tuna, celery, a little mayo, and my favorite: lemon-pepper seasoning.
- Pita pocket sandwiches – work well to keep the meat and cheese (or whatever you have) from falling out as you eat it in the car.
- String cheese
- Oranges and/or apples
- Carrots and celery
- Lindsey’s Energy Bites – awesome for their sweetness and protein
- Applesauce pouches – those ones with the twist off top are so easy and convenient for travel!
- String cheese
- Any other snacks your family likes, but the key here is packing them into baggies ahead of time.