It really depends on the length of the trip, whether you'll be packing a cooler or not, and whether you're planning on eating while you're driving or if you'll be stopping for snack / meal breaks.
This week we had 4 people out on 3 different 12-hour day trips, so we packed the cooler and stopped to eat every couple of hours. In our cooler was packages with:
- cut up broccoli, cauliflower, celery, carrots, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and snap peas
- cut up cantaloupe and watermelon
- strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and apples
- onion dill dip made with greek yogurt
- Babybel cheese portions
- sliced up steak, chicken, and pork loin (all planned leftovers from previous dinners)
- assortment of whole grain bread, whole grain pitas, and leaf lettuce to use as wraps
- horseradish mustard and dijon mustard
- peanut butter
- individual portions of yogurt
- boiled eggs
- home-made oat bran muffins, peanut butter coconut balls, and oatmeal raisin cookies
- quinoa salad with almonds, spinach, gruyere, and onions
- lots of water and a small selection of juices
- lots of coffee
- dark chocolate
We ate 5 or 6 times each day, and were able to each have different, balanced meals every time, as well as have a variety of snacks. It seems like enough food for a small army, but really it all fit nicely in to a large cooler and one shopping bag. I'm the only one watching what I'm eating, so this mix made it really easy for me to pre-portion mine out and store them separately in plastic bags.
The big thing, though, is to not forget a few plates, some cutlery, a garbage bag, and some cloths for washing your hands.
Most of what we brought are also great finger-foods, so can be nibbled while driving, too.
Hope you have fun on the road!
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