May 26, 2018

Road Food: The Trek Hound Guide to Eating on the Road

For last-minute emergency road trips, time for restaurant stops is usually limited. In these situations, eating on the road means incorporating a few survival strategies. Swapping out driving sessions in order to grab meals in the passengerís seat, stopping at rest areas for on-the-fly meal prep and smart packing in advance are all on my short list. Here are my top tips for managing road food with ease.


Even with a copilot, the ability to easily reach your road food is important. One organizational strategy is to fill canning jars with nuts, dried fruit and other vegan road trip items and store them in a sectioned wine bag. This keeps the jars upright and snack items orderly. Seat covers with storage pockets on the back and sides provide easy-to-reach spots for things like packages sunflower seeds, wet wipes and zero waste lunch kits.


Your road trip supply list is a personal choice. Those traveling with food allergies may need to avoid things like peanut packs and string cheese, while the hard core carnivores might prefer road eats like beef jerky and hard boiled eggs in the cooler.

Hot dog rolls:

Hot dog rolls are a great resource for creating meals that travel well, because only one side is susceptible to leaks, compared with the four sides of a standard sandwich. †With the rollís opening facing straight up, itís possible to easily grip your sandwich from all sides. Try out a few different sandwich ideas for a meal is easier to eat, with fewer dry cleaning bills.

Pullovers with purpose:

Road trips with time crunches are stressful. When you must stop, make it count. Rest areas are perfect for pet travel and family road trips alike. †Make sure you remember to give your pet a romp session and make time to enjoy some road trip snacks. Pulling over for gas? Make sure to hit the restroom and recaffeinate. On multi-day road trips, look for gas station signs from the highway that are posted with numerous other resources. This is a good indication of a more populated area, with a high probability of finding a grocery store. Stocking up on healthy grocery items during a mid-day gas stop will save you having to deal with it at the end of the day, when youíre tired and hungry.


Use the grill boxes at rest areas and camp grounds to whip up some kabobs and explore other tailgating menus if youíre on a longer journey. Some stations also come with electrical access, which means you can make sandwiches with a press, fire up a hot pot for flavored rice and boil water for tea and coffee.


There are plenty of picnic lunch ideas suitable for eating on the road. Take advantage of scenic turnoffs and urban parks with convenient parking to grab a fast lunch before hopping back on the highway. Youíll skip the time it takes to get seated at a restaurant, wait for your order and stand in line to pay your bill. Bonus? Youíll probably be eating healthier too.

Picture Credit: Kfoodaddict


  1. scoutmaster says:

    Love this article on thinking outside the box. On a fast powertrip (family emergency across country) i had to come up with ways to feed kids when “fast food” places were closed late at night. At a small gas station while filling up the car, i asked the guy behind the counter if i could “borrow” the microwave for few minutes. since no-one else was around…he said yes. I cooked baked potatoes in his microwave, paid for the gas & had warm snacks for the gang back at the car. Since i already had butter, sourcream & bacon bits in the cooler, this ended up GREAT! was able to drive thru the night with warm food on a cold night. Comfort food durring stressful times is a blessing.