No tiny pieces. Granola might be a great snack on a plane, but if you try to eat it in a car, you're going to be finding oat clusters in between the seats for months.
Keep it simple — no assembly required. Again, on a plane, you might be able to place the little sliced radishes on a slice of bread. In the back seat? You'll hit a speed bump and lose everything in your lap.
Smelly things are still out. Odors can be hard to get rid of in a car — and driving 70 mph with the windows down isn't fun unless you are a dog.
Keep your energy up! You're driving! Stay alert! Think protein and fruit, maybe some sugar if you need a quick burst to get you to your destination.
Bring a garbage bag. Re-use a plastic grocery bag, if you have one, or bring a tote bag designated for scraps, pits, and napkins.
Salty Food? We're making this a question due to lack of scientific evidence, but we have known salty food to keep us from having to make a pit stop every 100 miles. Does it make you dehydrated? Maybe.
Some good foods to consider:
- Fruit (see garbage bag, above, for pits and cores)
- Simple sandwiches like peanut butter and jam, or prosciutto and mozzarella. You may want to skip mayonnaise or lettuce if it's hot and you're taking a long trip.
- Vegetable sticks and a thick (i.e. hard to spill) dip.
- Leftovers! A piece of grilled chicken or a slice of pizza is compact and you can pick it up with your hands.
- Chewy cookies (fewer crumbs)
- Homemade granola bars
What do you bring to eat on road trips?