Do you pack for road trips or do you just plan to make stops along the way, maybe at convenience stores or fast food joints? Have you ever done that and then felt so sluggish and blah at the end of your trip? If you plan ahead and pack healthy food choices, mixing in a few homemade goodies, you will feel so much better—and your wallet will thank you too!
Recently some friends had to make an unexpected road trip, 5 hours to Virginia and 5 hours back in one day. They needed to make minimal stops in order to maximize the time they could spend at their destination, and then they had to head right back home to fly out on another trip early the following morning. My friend asked me to help her put together a road trip food package.
I wanted to include some homemade items along with lots of healthy snack options like vegetables with hummus, fruit, and nuts. And of course, you have to have a few non-healthy treats.
Here's a list of what I included in the basket:
- Fruit: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, grapes
- Vegetables for dipping in hummus: celery, carrot sticks, pepper strips, grape tomatoes, sugar snap peas
- Breakfast Cookies
- Garlic pretzel chips
- Mixed nuts
- Smoked salmon wraps
- Chicken salad sandwiches
- Homemade Popcorn
- Treats: Ghirardelli dark chocolate squares, gum, M&Ms, Werther's caramels
- Other ideas (I didn't include these but they would be nice): hand lotion, neck pillow, map of driving area in case of GPS failure, audiobook
I also included a couple of magazines and since I knew the reason for the trip was not a happy one, I included a CD of Malorie's wedding music, which was a compilation of mostly Christian music and love songs. I thought the music would be comforting and uplifting along the way.
My friend texted me on the journey and let me know how this song was preparing their hearts for what lay ahead.
The next time you have to take a road trip, whether for pleasure or otherwise, be intentional about your food packing. If you put together a healthy balance of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and treats, your road trip food package can be a nourishing, delicious component to your journey.