Meal Plan for Summer Road Trips

June 29, 2020
| Created by Hannah Langley, MS, RDN, CD

Are you considering a road trip for summer vacation? Before venturing out, be sure to read the CDC’s updated guidelines on heading into public spaces, including overnight stays. Know that eating out will be unpredictable, as many restaurants and bars remain closed or are operating with different procedures. Reduce mealtime stress and avoid getting caught off guard, hungry, and stuck with minimal gas station options. Plan ahead to eat well, save money, and stay full and happy on your road trip.

Take a cooler with ice packs and ice.

  • Bring cheese, hummus, guacamole, and baby carrots for savory snack options. 
  • Hardboiled eggs and deli meat are a perfect protein boost. 
  • Keep ice and serve with drinks in reusable cups (cold drinks on the road are a must!).
  • Pack an emergency meal that can be eaten cold or microwaved. 
    • Chili, pasta salad, or bean and cheese burritos would be tasty and satisfying. 

Bring shelf stable items that do double duty.

  • Bring crackers to top with cheese or peanut butter. 
  • Tortilla chips are great for guacamole and to crumble on top of chili. 
  • Bananas, apples, and pears are excellent for breakfast or lunch. 
  • Granola bars pair with fruit for a breakfast or light lunch. 
  • Popcorn, trail mix, and fruit leather are good choices for a quick snack. 

Looking for more specific options? Check out this curated list of Smart Snacking ideas or email