In my life, I have taken a lot of road trips. I have also eaten a lot of snacks. Along the way, I've learned that there's a science to road trip snacks. Here are my five rules of road trip snacks.
1. Choose your snacks wisely.
They should be simple, but that doesn't mean they can't be gourmet; they should be varied enough that you don't get bored an hour into the drive; and, most importantly, they should have a local element. Experiment when you can't read the labels.
2. Always stop for snacks.
Stopping for side-of-the-road snacks is almost as important as having snacks actually in the vehicle, although ideally you'll have both. A corollary: On all road trips in the Middle East, side-of-the-road shawarma stops are a requirement.
3. Define "road trip" loosely.
Don't think because you're not driving and you're crammed in a bus with dozens of other people that it's not a road trip. It is definitely a road trip.
4. Do not underestimate the importance of snacks.
There is a serious danger to not having sufficient snacks. Driving to Wadi Rum in Jordan last month, my boyfriend and I somehow forgot to pack any snacks and stopped only for Nescafé. At one point, he critiqued my driving. It did not go over well. I firmly believe that if snacks had been involved I would not have given such a heated response.
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5. Choose your travel companion wisely.
Someone who is equally invested in the cause is important. You'll need someone who doesn't mind their lap being turned into a cutting board/assembly station.
What's your go-to road trip snack? Share with us in the comments!