What food to bring on a road trip?
I have recently went on a road trip across the country (2 day drive covering over 1300 miles) and thought it may be useful to some of you to share my meal prep.
Planning that I will eat majority of my meals on the road, and only dinner at my final destination on day 2, I have pre-made 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and brought some snacks.
Little background on day 1:
I wanted to leave as early as possible so when I woke up on day 1, I only had coffee and was on the road by 6.30am. I was going to eat my breakfast at my first stop but I wasn't hungry so I ended up eating breakfast for lunch, and lunch for dinner that day. It worked out perfectly because the hotel I stopped at that didn't have a restaurant in it or nearby.
Breakfast ( 2 servings ingredients list)
1 (16 oz) container of cottage cheese
1 (6oz) container of organic blackberries
2 TBS raw pumpkin seeds
2 TBS hemp seeds
2 TBS coconut flakes
2 TBS raw sunflower seeds
2 tsp cinnamon
I had first serving at 12 noon on day 1, and second serving at 6am day 2.
Picture below is a container with both servings.
Lunch ( 2 servings ingredients list):
4 organic, omega 3' rich eggs, hard boiled
2 free range turkey sticks (CHOMPS brand from Trajer Joe's)
1 cup organic spinach
1/2 medium size organic cucumber
1 TBS balsamic vinegar
I had first serving at 6.30pm day 1, and second serving at 12 noon day 2.
2 organic bananas
2 small containers of cut up cucumbers and radishes with 2 TBS guacamole (in each container)
Each day while driving I drank 32 oz of water (I prepared two stainless steel bottles). I didn't want to stop to pee every two hours so I started to hydrate an hour before a planned stop. I stopped 3 times each day. It worked out great. When I got to my hotel I tried to hydrate as much as possible between 6 pm and 8 pm.
My "lunch" plus one of the veggie containers ended up being my dinner on day 1.
I didn't feel super satisfied so I bought some chips at the vending machine and had a glass of red wine with it. That hit the spot.
I was surprised to see that Lay's now makes non-gmo potato chips with no preservatives and artificial ingredients. There were only 3 ingredients listed on the packet which I thought was pretty cool.
Day 2 started with half of the leftover breakfast and a banana with black coffee.
Then I had lunch about 12 noon.
I got to my destinations around 5.30pm, stopped by a supermarket and picked up a rotisserie chicken and a bag of organic spinach, which I had with my leftover vegetables.
I ate all the food I prepared but one banana.
If you counted the calories on those meals, it wasn't many which was perfectly fine for me because I wasn't moving at all so my appetite was small, and I was focused on driving and getting to my destination as fast as possible. I didn't want to waste time on stopping to buy food or risk getting sick from something I ate on the road.
It worked out great and I will use this meal plan again in the future.
It took me about 15 minutes (+15 minutes to hard boil the eggs earlier that week) to put these together the night before leaving on my trip.
Hope this helps you at some point in the future when you go on a road trip.
If you have any questions you can send me an e-mail here.