meal prep your road trip

This past week was all about meal prepping for the road. Since we weren’t warm enough, my family is heading south to Austin for a few weeks this summer! 😎  It’s been a while since I’ve been on a long road trip, but the thought of spending 2 days in the car, eating fast food and feeling like junk, is not something you easily forget. We’ve all been there, right? That fast-food burger and fries seemed like a good idea at the time but 800 calories and 1000 mg of sodium later, not so much. (By the way, most fast food salads with dressing are closer to 1500 mg of sodium!) What?!

I’m not going to lie, prepping pre-vacation food wasn’t nothing, and I even made it super simple. It took time to plan and execute on a busy day before leaving, but I’m at the halfway point in the trip and so incredibly glad I did. 

road trip lunch box

Be it meal prepping for a road trip, making work lunches, or executing your own #sundaysetup survival kit for the coming week, here’s the 1, 2, 3 of what I thought through and prepped:

Strategy #1: How to avoid gas station impulse buys? Make Tiffany’s No-Bake Energy Bites, obviously!

No Bake Energy Bites

These babies do not get old. We like ours with a little less honey and one very dark chocolate chip on top. Tiffany’s recipe gives a lot of options so you can make them the way you like them. If you are looking for a good plain protein powder, a few of us have been ordering from Mullin’s Whey. Thank you, Tiffany, for this gem of a recipe. 

Strategy #2: How to eat a healthy lunch on the road (or anytime)? Meal prep it!

This was all I had time for but it was delicious!

road trip lunch box

Each lunch box had pea pods, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and good quality turkey. We packed rice crackers in individual serving sizes and 1 container of hummus with a spoon attached for the road. Done. We didn’t even stop to eat it, just pulled it out and kept on driving our 10 hour day. Kids were happy, I was happy, all were fed. Look at the facts:

nutritional information for road trip lunch box

food prep for road trip

Strategy #3: How to drink enough water? Bring gallon jugs to refill water bottles and give yourself an easy way to see how much you’ve been drinking.

This isn’t a new strategy, just new to a road trip. But yesterday we kept filling our water bottles and coincidently we kept drinking. Funny how that works. No $2 bottles at the gas station either.

Traveling for work? Peek back at Jen Patnode’s Q & A for some of her traveling tips when dining out.

Going by plane? Check out this gram from Claudia @thetravelinspoonchef and how she packs for the airport. Yes to all of this.

The Traveling Spoon

What are your road trip and traveling tricks? Since I eventually need to turn back towards home, I'd love your suggestions. Share them in the comments below or on our Facebook page here. Perhaps you are thinking of a #sundaysetup meal prepping session this weekend? Check out our how-to post here for more ideas on how to get started.