Good Question: Great Road Trip Food?

Are you taking a road trip this summer? Can you help answer Laura's question?

Kitchn! I'm hoping to get some of your expert advice on roadtrip food. I'm taking a post-grad school celebratory vacation with my boyfriend down to Georgia, which will be about a 16 hour drive from where I live. We're planning on bringing a cooler for drinks/food in the car. I was wondering if you guys have any tried and tested recipes for munchies that travel well and are relatively car-friendly?

Laura, I used to take a 16-hour road trip regularly, from Florida up north, and so the main advice I have is: keep it light! When you're sitting for hours in the car, it's best to keep things light and crunchy, with carrot sticks, celery, other vegetables and cut-up fruit. Frozen grapes are great, and some chilled fruit juice or fizzy water. Simple, nourishing proteins are good too. Try cheese sticks and grilled chicken, cut into bite-sized strips. And if you want a good car trip treat, these peanut butter oatmeal Monster Cookies are really delicious and fun.

For other, more substantial types of food, also check out these posts:

Weekend Getaways: Best Foods for Car Trips
Eating in the Car: What Are Your Rules?

Readers? What are your suggestions?

Related: What Foods Can You Carry On the Plane?

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