When we travel, I always pack quite a bit of food. This takes some effort when you’re getting ready to go on a trip, but we find the work is worth it as we save a lot of money on eating out. Plus, it’s a lot easier on our systems. (Don’t even get me started.)
Aside from good ol’ sandwiches, here are some other food items that we have found travel well:
- Burritos (either breakfast, meat and cheese or bean and cheese)
- Quesadillas (just cheese or cheese with chicken)
- Tuna Salad with Crackers
- Corn Dog Muffins
- Sloppy Corn Bread Muffins
- Scrambled Egg and Cheese Sandwiches on English Muffins (at breakfast time)
- Breakfast Cookies
- Chewy Granola Bars
- Carrot Sticks
In January, after our 3,800 mile road trip, you could say that we were just a little bit tired of traveling and eating in the car. We’d eaten packed food, fast food, snack food and well…a few too many beans. Vegetable soup and salad from the comfort of our own kitchen had never sounded better.
And yet, just three days after our return home, we needed to make a two hour (one way) trip to one of Asa’s basketball games. Matt and I tried not to groan as we discussed our food plan for the day. The idea of eating out or eating concession food made us turn green. Packing sandwiches didn’t appeal to us in the slightest. Nothing sounded good. Even the kids, who normally think eating out or having sandwiches and chips is a big treat, curled their upper lips at us.
What to do…what to do…because we did need food.
Enter….The Traveling Casserole:
I’ve gotta say…I’d never thought of this idea before. (I didn’t think of it this time either…it was Matt’s brilliant idea.) He dug out the very cool Pyrex Dish with Insulated Carrier that someone had given us as a gift. Why couldn’t we just make a “real meal” and keep it warm in this until we were ready to eat?
Did I mention that my husband is brilliant?
I made it, baked it and packed it up just before time to leave. I grabbed a serving spoon, some paper plates and plastic forks….tossed in some yogurt and fruit and we were good to go.
When we were ready to eat, I just served up paper plates and passed them to the back of the van. Not one bit of casserole was left at the end of the night…and not one of us was whining about having a stomach ache or about having to eat a sandwich…again.
So…all that to say…think outside the box just a little bit when packing food for trips. There is no limit to the traveling food ideas.
Except for I don’t think I’d ever want to pack spaghetti. Or anything you’d have to eat with chop sticks.
Like we ever even eat with chop sticks when we’re at home at the table?
I have no idea why I just said that.
What are your favorite travel foods?