Road trips can cost a lot of money. Everything adds up: The gas, the snacks, the drinks, the meals. Temptation to buy gas station snacks always takes over when I go on road trips. For some reason I equate Combos and Coca Cola with long road trips and I still crave them when I embark on one.
To combat this craving for unhealthy and overly priced food I always try to pack some road trip snacks. Yes, Mom, I learned this from you! Thanks for imparting your wisdom on me.
When I left for my most recent trip this is what I packed:
I didn’t leave until 10 a.m. so I had already had lunch and a snack. I decided to pack leftover homemade pizza for lunch, a Fiber One bar, cherry tomatoes, bags of tea and two bottles of water. At the last-minute I pitched in half a loaf of French bread just in case I needed to carb load.
Snacking is a favorite pastime of mine so I knew this wouldn’t keep me completely happy on my 8 hour drive. I decided to make a pretty big investment of $1.59 for a banana and a bag of salt and vinegar chips (the best).
Hot tea is my obsession. I used to love Cokes, then moved on to coffee and I have finally settled on hot tea. I do one green tea in the morning for caffeine and then herbal decaf the rest of the day. One benefit to drinking hot tea is that hot water is FREE at gas stations, all you have to do is bring your own mug!
Overall I only ended up spending $1.59 for food on my trip to Atlanta. Unfortunately I made the mistake of not being as prepared on the way back home (Mary, I should have stolen those kettle chips from you). I ended up out $8 and had some greasy food from a gas station. To make matters worse the gas station was out of hot water… how does that happen?
Moral of the story: Pack snacks/ meals/ water for your road trips. It saves money and helps you avoid the unhealthy gas station/ fast food meals.
What are your favorite road trip snacks?