It's all fun and games until someone gets hungry...
Road trips are one of my favourite things. Packing into the car, bickering over the map reading, tuning in some good music and watch the passing landscapes unfold outside the window. All fun and games... until someone gets hungry. (Someone in this case is very likely to be yours truly, still need one of those t-shirts saying "I'm sorry for what I said when I was hungry"!!)
Of course depending on location, finding vegan grub on the road can be somewhat challenging. Petrol stations are not exactly renowned for their great variety of tofu hot dogs and avocado sandwiches. Alas, planning ahead is a good idea. Here are my two cents on how to avoid hanger whilst on a road trip.
Why it, literally, pays off to plan ahead:
- It saves you money. Rather than buying a small sachet of sweaty apple wedges at the petrol station, you bunker up on a whole bag. Same goes for crisps of course!
- It keeps you energized en route. Which in turn leads to...
- It allows you to be more spontaneous. That sounds quite contradictory, "plan ahead to be more spontaneous", right? But rather than being bound to reach a bigger city (i.e. one more likely to have vegan options), you can make small stops along the way and yet rest assured you will not starve.
And remember - better safe than sorry! There is no such thing as over-packing when it comes to snacks!
- Carrot sticks
... or cucumber sticks, or celery sticks, or bell pepper st... you get the drill!
for dipping your veggie sticks or to use as a sandwich filling.
- Peanut butter
- Bread slices
to make peanut butter sandwiches!
- Fresh fruit
The least messy ones, like apples, bananas and grapes. Alternatively, buy bags of dried fruit for some extra fructose that is guaranteed to be mess-free!
- Trail mix
- Oat bars
Either make your own, like these flapjacks, or bunker up on some 3-for-2 mixes at the supermarket.
- Baby puree satches
Yes, you are seeing this right! This one might seem a bit peculiar, but they sure help to get your daily servings of fruit and veg as these can be somewhat difficult to get whilst on the road.
... or muesli portioned in boxes. Possibly the easiest breakfast there is. Bring along some plant based milk to eat them with!
... and some useful tools
- Vegetable peeler
- Cooling bag
- Plastic container to store snacks in front seat
- Zip lock bags for storing sandwiches, veggie sticks, etc...
- Can opener
- Water bottle
Pro tip: If you are staying at a hostel or such, leave a filled water bottle in the freezer over night. You can use the then ice-bottle to keep items in your cooling back, well, cooled and as it defrosts you will have extra chilled water when your first bottle is finished.
Do you have any road trip tips or snack ideas to share?
Feel free to share in the comments! x