Eating on a Road Trip with Kids

Eating on a Road Trip with Kids

People often ask me what to do when it comes to food when travelling with kids. They don’t want to give them something unhealthy, but don’t want to stop for wholesome meals. So, in this post, I’ll write a bit about eating while on a long road trip with children.

Why Pack a Meal When on the Road

Most people don’t have the time to stop for meals when travelling, and it might be better that way, since most roadside restaurants don’t really serve good food. Most of the food you can find is fast food, which is not really healthy, or good for car rides. Packing your own meals is more healthy and overall better. It’s also more cost-effective. Roadside places tend to have high prices, since people have less choice than in a town, and taking your own food with you can be really cheap, especially if you plan it well.

But, one of the most important pros of packing your own meal is the flexibility it provides. This is especially true if you’re travelling with more than one kid. That way, your kids can eat whenever they want, without you having to stop each time one of them is hungry. It will also preoccupy your little ones, so they’ll be quieter during the ride!

Things to Bear in Mind

One of the most important things to think about when preparing road trip food is whether the food is car safe. If you have a toddler strapped into a quality convertible car seat, you can’t give them anything they can choke on such as grapes or popcorn. Liquids are generally fine, as well as liquid foods – the worst thing that can happen is that they spill some of it.

When packing the food, it’s a good idea to pack it in convenient smaller lunchboxes. That way you won’t have to dig through a lot of stuff before getting to the item you want to eat. It’s also a great for teaching older children responsibility for their food.

Healthy Road Trip Food Ideas

Here are some interesting ideas for healthy road trip snacks which are easy to make and will be enjoyable for the kids:

  • Peanut butter and apple slices

Cut up a bunch of apples before heading out and drizzle them with lemon juice to keep them fresh. When you want to eat, just take the apples out and smear peanut butter on them – healthy and appetizing!

  • Salads

When packing salads, make sure you make them filling – egg salads or potato salads are a great idea for a healthy lunch or dinner in the car.

  • Grilled chicken

Grilled chicken is appetizing and extremely easy to package and eat. It doesn’t lose its taste when you leave it in the box for a few hours, and most children love chicken so they will be looking forward to the meal

  • Sliced cheese

If you want to bring a snack which will be filling, just slice up some cheese, put it in a vacuum sealing box, and you’re ready to go!