Over the weekend, Danny and I took a road trip to Idaho to see his family, as well as to attend Founder's Day for Danny's fraternity. Driving to Idaho takes about 8 to 9 hours, which can be quite boring for the person who isn't driving. Plus, 8 hours encompasses multiple meals, but since you're just sitting in a car, it's hard to justify eating fast food or anything heavy.
I'm big on taking lots of healthy and healthy-ish things to snack on, as well as pre-made meals. Here's what I packed for our road trip:
♥A big smoothie (in the blue bottle). I blend up a two big handfuls of spinach, Greek yogurt, pineapple juice, frozen berries, banana, Emergen-C, and a few carrots. This is my typical daily smoothie and I usually split it into two servings (morning and afternoon). This is enough for Danny and I to split during the drive.
♥ BLTAs for lunch. BLTAs are easy to make, include relatively cheap, simple ingredients, and are easy to eat. Plus, they stay a little better than, say, tuna salad. I used whole wheat bread, thick cut bacon, lots of lettuce, spinach, and tomato, and avocado blended with a little mayonnaise. I wrapped them up in tin foil and then put them in a plastic bag. They'll go in the cooler so the lettuce and tomato stays crisp!
♥ Carrots and hummus. I have a HUGE bag of carrots in my fridge, so I peeled and cut up about 10 of them to take with us. We have a big tub of roasted red pepper hummus, so I'm bringing a container of that. The carrots will help with our cravings to just munch on something, anything during the drive.
♥ Grapes are my favorite fruit. We have a few left from a big package of them that I got last week and I didn't want them to spoil. I'm bringing them, along with some apples and bananas. There is nothing worse than getting home to a bowl of fruit covered in flies.
♥ Tortilla chips are my weakness, so I'm bringing them for a treat, as well as a bag of Chex Mix. When I go on road trips, I always want something crunchy and salty. It's a road trip, so why not indulge!
♥ Water. I'm currently getting over a cold, but on Thursday evening, my throat still hurt, my nose was plugged up, and all my joints ached. I packed two huge bottles of ice water into the fridge and brought them along. It meant I had to go to the bathroom every little bit, but I had to stay hydrated! Plus, having lots of water on hand is important for Remus -- he tends to get anxious in the car and therefore, overheated.
Other essentials I have to have: ♥ Hand sanitizer (those rest stops are nasty); ♥ Paper towels for messes; ♥ Kleenex; ♥ A blanket for Remus, plus a few of his toys and a chewie; ♥ A book; ♥ and good music!
What are your road trip essentials?