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    Default Lunch for road trips!

    Next week we are off to Arizona to visit some of our favorite places (Grand Canyon, Sedona, Indian Ruins, Petrified Forest, etc). In this part of the country, at least, parks have dismal culinary offerings.
    Does anyone have suggestions on good back-of-car lunches? We bring a smallish cooler, but dont want to be lugging around condiments all week. Grapes, hummus and chips / crackers, peanut butter and crackers, and salami/cheese on crackers (see the trend?) have all been successful in the past. I bring a knife, cutting board, and roll of paper towels, but dont want anything very fussy. Sticky things are right out, and salty things are in - anything that encourages us to drink more fluid.

    Any suggestions to get off of our dependency on crackers would be great!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    What about nuts, kind bars, apples, muffins; we usually pack cookies too
    If you are near a Costco, the Aussie bites travel well and are filling.

    eta: My kids said crackers with peanut butter, popcorn and madeleines (we get the madeleines from Costco when we go on a road trip - the kids love them so they are a special treat.)

    The places you are visiting sound great. Have fun!
    Last edited by dbsam; 04-13-2018 at 09:40 PM.
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    Nuts, jerky or biltong, pretzels, rice cakes with avocado, apple sauce, pita chips, roasted seaweed, other types of dips for spreads (sundried tomato, eggplant, olive, pesto), carrot/cucumber/capsicum cut into slices to eat with dips.

    Edited to add - cherry tomatoes.

    ...and if you can be bothered pre-grating it in advance each day and taking it in a container, my kids like eating a 50/50 mix of grated cheese and carrot in bread rolls. If you think bread rolls might go dry in hot car etc., croissants usually last longer.

    ...oooh and sugar snap peas if you have them in season now. My kids love eating them either straight or in dips.
    Last edited by NZ_Mama; 04-13-2018 at 08:11 PM.

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    Have a fun trip. Wish I was going, we loved driving round that part of the country. DH has a conference in San Diego in Dec, so we are hoping to save enough for us all to come and then go on a road trip.

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    We get tired of sandwiches, especially when they get squished in the backpack. (We tend to pack all our food for the day in the morning, as we hike all day w/o going back to the car.) We do wraps instead. We make them either the night before or the morning of. Some sort of deli meat, shredded cheese, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, carrot slivers..whatever strikes your fancy.

    Other than that, we're big on fruit as it's typically another source of fluids--grapes, apples, Clementines, bananas, cherries. We also do carrot sticks since you can typically find them already cut for you, if needed. Typically, our first stop when we travel anywhere is a grocery store.

    We also love that area. Have fun!

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    Thanks for the suggestions!
    The Aussie bites have looked appealing to us, but the lines at Costco yesterday dissuaded us from picking some up. (Earlier this week I had picked up jerky, crackers, and other processed treats.)

    The grocery store is also a first-day stop, and we will shop for our fresh foods there.

    NZMama, I know you lived here before, but December is such a great time to visit!

    Im off to have fun, thanks for the ideas!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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