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Snacks for Road Trips: the Dos and Don’ts of Eating on the Road

Snacking On the Road

Any road trip enthusiast will tell you that careful planning can make or break a trip—including the proper snacks. Although it might sound like a silly concept, it is true that many drivers eat while they’re on the road. That’s why we’ve put together a post on snacks for road trips to give you an idea of the dos and don’ts of eating on the road.

According to How Stuff Works, the ideal foods for the roads make you feel full and don’t distract you from driving. They also give you energy and keep you alert. First, bring a mini cooler and keep it within reach. If you have passengers, put them in charge of snack distribution. The best snacks tend to be nuts, granola bars, and bananas. What do they have in common? They aren’t messy and they can be eaten with one hand.

What should you avoid? Obviously, you don’t want to bring messy foods that might distract from the road. Chips make your hands greasy, sandwich and hot dog condiments tend to get everywhere, and foods with pits or that have a lot of fluid can also be a problem, including cherries or peaches.

Other favorites include: fruit leather, jerky, celery and carrot sticks, and good old-fashioned trail mix. For drinks, go light—you don’t want to pull over every five seconds. Generally, you can’t go wrong with water. Avoid sugary drinks that may give you a rush and then a sugar crash. Though there are mixed feelings on caffeine, it is a stimulant, making coffee, tea, and energy drinks a possibility for late nights.

Tips for Travelling with Pets

Dog riding in car

 

Travelling with pets can make any road trip more enjoyable. Plus, many pets love riding in the car, as it gives them a chance to get out of the house and experience the world. However, there are important things to keep in mind when you are driving with pets.

 

According to the ASPCA, you should first assess whether or not your pet will be comfortable travelling in the car. While many animals enjoy the open road, some can get incredibly stressed when they’re in the car. Before a long trip, make sure to take short trips with your animal to get them used to the experience. If they are too stressed, consider leaving your animal behind at a kennel or other facility.

 

Always secure your animal. Although it can be fun to have them in the cab with you, it is essential that you place them in a carrier and secure them with a seatbelt or other device. In the event of an accident, animals can not only harm you, but they can also be seriously injured. Many animals also run away after an accident, making them difficult to find afterwards. Carriers are safer and smarter.

 

Finally, never leave your animal alone in a car. If you go in, even for a moment, take your pet. Cars can get extremely hot and extremely cold, which presents health risks for your animals. Cracking the window isn’t enough: always take your pets with you!