On the Road Again

Happy new year to you all! Cheers to my first post of many in 2019.

Last week a friend posted on her Instagram that she was looking for suggestions on what foods to pack as her family of 7 was travelling for a hockey tournament. She tagged me and asked for my suggestions. My list went on for a bit. After I thought I should do a post about this. It is hockey season right now and with that comes a ton of tournaments. Spring will be here before we know it and this year we have 2 out of 4 kids In rep sports. A lot of travelling will be happening.

Now I threw out a question on my Instagram stories the other day asking if you travel for sports. Majority said no. Not everyone plays sports or has children that age. It’s fair to say you take road trips to visit family and friends. Take mini getaways here and there and if non of the above. We all have to drive around the city with the kids in tow.

We are on the road a lot and the rule of thumb is the kids are to grab a snack and water bottle on the way out the door. This does not happen everytime mind you. It usually is a few minutes into a 15 minute drive and one is saying they are hungry (like honestly kids?!?!)

To avoid listening to probably just my children tell me they are hungry for the 15 minute drive. My suggestion is keep a bag, bin or whatever you want full of snacks in your vehicle. That way when someone starts loosing their mind that they are going to starve to death you can throw (I mean pass) back a granola bar.

This time of the year is obviously way easier to keep food in the car. The summer is going to be trickier for sure. In the summer I keep snacks in my backpack which I take everywhere.

Here is a list of items you could keep in you vehicle during the colder months:

  • Cereal bars
  • Granola bars
  • Baby carrots
  • Apples
  • Yogurt tubes
  • Apple sauce packs
  • Gold fish
  • Pretzels
  • Cheese strings
  • Pepperettes
  • Nuts
  • Crackers
  • Cookies
  • Fruit snacks
  • Water bottles

Road Trips:

Most of us go on road trips, some families more than others. Recently we drove 4 hours up to my brother and SIL’s cottage. I had snacks packed for the drive and we had eaten breakfast befor we left so I thought that would get us there. Well two hours into “I’m hungry” started getting thrown around like a game of catch. At one point I was like “listen you have minimum 6 days before you die of starvation!”My husband and the crew thought this was hilarious. However after the laughing, the questions came back of when we would feed them. All this to say we ended stopping at the only sign of civilization on a 60km stretch. Thank goodness it was Subway.

But Tonya buy lunch on the road is way more convenient you are thinking. Sure but not necessarily and every once in a while we do it too. When you have to feed a small army cost comes into play. Also I’m just not a fan of fast food for health reasons and the fact that it’s not full of a ton of nutritional value and therefore doesnt keep these children or us full long. If you were home lunch would have to be made right? Usually most of us know in advance when we are going to be travelling. So if we take it into consideration when doing groceries it wont be too much extra when it comes time to prep. Also you know how I roll, I would be requesting the assistance of my big kids to help with this or at least something to help get us out the door.

Here is my list of easy travelling foods:

  • Sandwiches
  • Wraps
  • Crackers, cheese and keilbasa
  • Boiled eggs
  • Hot dogs ( put condiments in the bun and then hot dog. Condiments absorb and wont be so messy)
  • Cut up fruit and veggies
  • My husband and I like salads with some sort of meat. Driver eats while everyone stops to take a bathroom break.
  • Foods that go in a thermos ( better if you have somewhere to eat other than your vehicle.) Ravioli, pasta, KD, soup etc.
  • Juice box
  • Snacks of course take your pick

Ever since I stopped nursing the twins and they required “real food” I have been packing food for hotel stays. We save dinner to eat out at a restaurant but breaky and lunch I pack.

Ideally I love when I get a hotel room with a microwave and fridge. But fear not if your room doesnt come with a fridge just use your cooler. Restock with ice at the ice machine. Let me start at the basics.

If your hotel room has no microwave or fridge fear not just get creative.

You know that coffee machine in ever hotel room? Well that thing is not just there to make nasty coffee. After running water through it a couple times you can use this to heat up bottles.

  • Use it to make instant oatmeal and even use the coffee cups they provide for breakfast. That with a side of fruit and yogurt and you are good to go.
  • Refer back to my list on travelling.
  • Most hotels have a common area and there will be at least one microwave there.

Foods to pack for your hotel stay:

  • Pack a paper plates, plastic utensils, cups and grab baggies to put leftovers in. A cutting board, I bring a sharp knife to cut veggies, fruits and other items. I usually dont have time to prep everything before the trip. I have a little container of dish soap and a sponge I always bring.

Breakfast:

  • Bagels and toppings
  • Muffins
  • Cereal and milk
  • Oatmeal
  • If time permits make a breakfast casserole
  • Fruits
  • Boiled eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Apple sauce
  • Keto friendly options: pre cooked sausage or bacon with eggs

Lunch:

  • I usually make some chicken or a meat during the week prior to our trip and put it in the freezer. This helps keep the cooler cold for the travel. If time doesnt permit grab a rotisserie chicken when you do groceries and through in the freezer. I serve this with buns and a bag salad. *hack* add the dressing and toppings to your salad and keep everything in the salad bag. Hold the bag tight and toss away. Serve and go! We are “roughing it” 😉 after all.
  • Meats, cheeses and pickles
  • Sandwiches
  • Child friendly foods, pizza pops, soup, hot dogs,
  • Nachos and salsa
  • Pasta salad

There is my list and is perfect for a weekend hotel stay.

For snacks we usually get the kids their fave snacks and everything else in between.

My personal faves are:

  • Nuts
  • Cheese strings
  • Pepperettes
  • Hummus/dip for our veggies are some snacks that will keep everyone fueled and full. Whether your running back to the water park or the hockey arena.

Also I usually dont have time to prep all of this on between packing for 6 people. So I just throw everything in my cooler and prepare it as we need it.

*Leave your comments below with what you pack when travelling. I’m sure I missed some good stuff.

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7 thoughts on “On the Road Again”

  1. Safe travels! It sounds like you have this whole traveling with kids thing down. Thanks for the snack ideas.

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  2. Thank you for a great post! I’ll definitely have to implement these with my little one the next time we travel!

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