As we are all human to some degree, we require sustenance. When on a roadtrip, this can prove to be challenging - but it is also an opportunity to save money and enjoy yourself!
Bringing Food --- - Buying all your food on the road is a good way to empty your pockets - Convenience stores do not have your health in mind; their food is generally over-salty or over-sugary - Stopping for snacks can add lots of extra time to a trip - A quick stop at the grocery store before your trip is not a bad idea - Stock up on non-perishable snacks - Nuts and trail mix are a classic for a reason. They're full of protein and fiber, and easy to munch on in a vehicle - Fruit are sweet, healthy, and also usually easy to eat in a vehicle. Apples and grapes are super easy, bananas less so, and oranges are tricky. You can pre-peel fruit to make it more accessible, but it won't last as long. - Water is important. Make sure to have a gallon jug with you, and refill as necessary. I don't mind tap water, but if you're picky, there are water filters designed for camping that are compact and quick. Keep yourself hydrated! - Your options for variety of food increase a lot with a cooler - Things like cheese and sandwich meats should do fine - Make sure to fill it with ice or freezer packs when you set out in the morning, and maybe during the afternoon depending on weather - Check to see if your lodgings have refrigeration; your cooler will be useless if you don't have something more substantial to use in-between legs of your journey. Stopping To Eat --- - Saving money and being efficient is all well and good, but roadtrips are not all about getting from point A to point B. - A great way to experience an area is by ingesting a small part of it - Add an hour or two to your travel time for a meal stop - Pick lunch or dinner - Lunch may suit your timetable better if you are an early riser - Lunch menus often offer slightly less food for a reduced price - Restaurants may be less crowded for lunches - Dinner might be a better choice if you like waking and driving late - Dinner menus are more comprehensive, but often more on the expensive side - Avoid chain restaurants all the time, but especially on a roadtrip - Local restaurants and eateries are usually found in downtown areas, away from highways. They are well worth the diversion. - Different areas have vastly different cuisines, and trying new things can be very rewarding. Crawfish: who knew? - Find something on the menu that you don't recognize, and eat it. - If you are a picky eater, try not to let your preconceptions stop you from trying something. For instance, coconut soup is surprisingly unlike any other coconut dishes that I've had. - Be polite, be patient. Many tourists are rude, and there is a chance that the person helping you gets to deal with those tourists frequently. - Do not be afraid to ask questions. Figure out what you can, but ask for clarification if something on the menu is unusual. - If you have food-based allergies or special dietary requirements, these might not be accommodated in all areas. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, or are allergic to gluten, peanuts, or dairy, your options may change drastically depending on the region you are in. - A little research into local restaurants could help you determine which places you can eat without stopping at each restaurant in town. - Overall, try to enjoy yourself. Roadtrips can be high-stress affairs, and a meal break can do wonders to relieve some of the stress that's built up over the day. Relax, and give yourself plenty of time to eat