Eating on a Roadtrip without Breaking the Bank

Roadtrips are the best. THE BEST. The journey to your destination is a grand part of your adventure. Traveling by car gives you and your travel buddies some good old fashioned quality time you would never get on an airplane, and you’re free to take in the scenery as you drive by.


That said, sitting in the car for hours on end can get boring, and if you’re anything like me, when you get bored, you want something to munch on. Anything. Tell me I’m not alone here.

In order to feed my roadtrip cravings without blowing my entire travel budget, I have to plan ahead. Here’s how you can, too.

1. Shop ahead. Buy sandwich or wrap fixings, chips, cans of soda, granola bars, trail mix, etc. You’ll get much, MUCH better deals for these easy travel foods at Costco or Aldi than you will at a convenience store when you stop for gas.

2. Prep before you leave. How many meals will you need on your trip? Can you pack one or two of them to bring along with you? For breakfast, try these pumpkin yogurt muffins or some blueberry scones. For lunch or dinner, sandwiches or wraps can easily be made in advance and stored in a cooler.

3. Think about snacks. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to eat between meals (admittedly, out of boredom). Cookies are always a win–these chocolate chip are my favorite, and these peanut butter cookies are my go-to for traveling with gluten free or dairy free friends. If you’re more health conscious than I, sliced veggies (see #2–slice them before you leave!) and easy-to-eat fruit like apples and bananas are great car food, and  won’t leave you feeling gross after you eat.

4. Pack the car wisely. No one wants to be an hour into their trip, and realize breakfast is buried under 8 suitcases. Think ahead as you pack the car, and make sure the food you need is accessible.


And then…settle in for a great trip knowing you’re saving your hard earned travel budget for your destination, instead of spending it on snack-sized bags of chips, candy bars, and fast food meals.

What other tips do you have to add to the list?

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