Will you be staying somewhere with electricity every night? If so, then a plug-in cooler (can be plugged in to 12V in your car, and 120V inside) is a worthwhile investment, as it's basically a mobile refrigerator. This is something that I won't do without on a road trip, since one of my favourite things about road trips is the random picnic stops!
If you have one of these, then you can stock it with sliced meats, cheeses, yogurts; cooked rice, oatmeal, or quinoa; fruits, and veg from home before you leave, and restock it from grocery stores as you travel. This gives you some great, healthy options for your breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. I like to make some baked oatmeal bars and oatbran muffins, which also are better refrigerated. It also gives you the option of keeping leftovers from dinners out, so that you can have them the next day (especially if you're staying at hotels that have a microwave available).
I also keep a bag stocked with different types of nuts, jerky, chocolate, pickles, and pre-portioned bags of home-made trail mix.
If you're travelling through farm country, then stops at local farmer's markets (do a quick search for them on-line before you leave) can make for fabulous meals, and a great way to re-stock the cooler.
I also like to chat with the local farmers at the markets to see which restaurants they supply to, and which they recommend. Dinners at local restaurants that use locally-sourced produce and meats are generally a better quality and more enjoyable than the chain restaurants. Besides - checking out the local specialities is another one of the joys of road trips!
Hope you have a marvelous time!
Start weight: 240 lbs
Goal weight: 155 lbs (reached March 7, 2014)
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