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3/12/14 1:59 P

Thanks for the suggestions. I have a couple of lunchbox sized coolers that I'm taking with me. I have 2 individual sized things of Chobani that will be in the cooler, along with a 7.5 ounce can of coke. I am particular about my fruits, but the suggestion about fruits, reminded me to pick up at least 2 Granny Smith Apples (which could be eaten with some peanut butter). I forgot about packets of crackers. That is a good idea. I think that if I snack on these foods during the trip (including a break for lunch), then I shouldn't be too exhausted when I get to my parents house. I'll even have some kitty treats with me to give my cat a treat or two while traveling.

I always park far away from the buildings at the rest areas so that I get the extra steps. I'm traveling with my cat, so I can't spend too much time away from the car. I stop every hour and a half to 2 hours for a bathroom break (which usually means I'm at a rest area or gas station).

3/12/14 1:27 P

If you are stopping by the store pick up sandwich things (you can keep sandwiches with meat and cheese cold in a small cooler). When we were doing long road trips as a family we had turkey or ham sandwiches, fruits and carrots or celery to snack on and some small servings of crackers. Do stop for lunch (rest stop or a park) and eat and walk around, the activity will help keep you alert and stretch your legs.

If you wanted to stop, Chik-fil-a has some great salads.

ICEDEMETER Posts: 1,332
3/12/14 1:26 P

Is there any way that you can bring a small cooler and ice-pack with you? That would definitely expand your choices.

I've found over many years of 12-17 hour drives that the last thing that I want / need is an actual "meal" during the drive. I do much, much better with lots of snacky finger foods. I try to stop for 10 minutes every 1-1/2 to 2 hours to get a bit of movement in, nibble at something, and then get back on my way. I portion everything in to measured servings, so that they are quick and easy (and make a list of what all I brought, so that I can just check them off when I go to track them later).

Some of my standard "car" foods are:

- raw veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower) with a dip made with plain yogurt, onion, and dill
- meat slices (chicken, steak, ham, pork roast - whatever left-overs I have)
- sliced cheese
- baby dill pickles
- whole fruits and berries
- dried figs
- whole almonds
- plain yogurt, that I've mixed with some almonds or berries
- hard-boiled eggs
- quinoa salad (usually with spinach and almonds and cheese)
- home-made muffins and / or protein bars (high fibre, higher protein, and about 150 cals each)
- strips of beef jerky
- squares of dark chocolate
- a ton of water and a thermos full of coffee

This looks like a huge list, but since I bring only a serving or two of each, it all fits quite nicely in to a small cooler. If I'm driving through back-country, or if the weather is iffy, then I'll make sure that I have enough for 3 days with me (which means my larger cooler bag). I keep a stash of plastic forks and spoons in the outside pocket of the cooler, along with bags containing wet and dry towels so that I can at least wipe my hands off.

I personally have found that sandwiches don't work that well for me, unless I cut them in to quarters. Even a half sandwich all at once seems to sit like a ball of lead and make me feel tired. You may be okay with them, but it's just something to consider.

I also find that carbonated drinks are not a good thing for me. I dehydrate really quickly in a car, and those seem to just make me drier. I generally go through a minimum of 1 cup of water per hour, with coffee on top of that (yes - those frequent stops I make are quite often at a restroom - but I figure that the run to the toilet is good to get my blood moving!).

Hope you have a good drive and a great visit!

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/12/14 12:33 P

Is the Walmart the type that is a full grocery store as well?

If so, you really will have unlimited choices....

Some people actually do eat McDonalds (I can't), but they do offer chicken salad with low calorie dressing...

Me, I'd get turkey breast, cheese and whole grain bread for a sandwich....

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3/12/14 12:25 P

I'm leaving early in the morning for a 13 hour drive (to visit my parents). I already know what I'm going to do about breakfast and a snack. By the time lunch rolls around, I'll be in an area that has several choices, but none are all that healthy (i.e. McDonald's, Chic-fil-A, etc.). As it is, I'm taking a 7.5 ounce can of coke with me. I gave up drinking sugary drinks this past summer, but will drink one on occasion. I find that a little bit of sugar will help me get through the long drive.

If I make a pb&j sandwich, I'll have to pick up some bread and pb&j when I leave in the morning (there's a 24 hour WalMart a couple miles from my house). Do you guys have any suggestions for lunch other than pb&j sandwiches (which I don't mind eating)?

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