Summer is almost here, and nothing says vacation quite like a road trip. Whether you are planning a fun filled day trip or cross country excursion, one thing you will need to consider is food. Traditional restaurants can eat up your time, not mention your wallet, and you will likely find yourself turning to rest stops. They may not offer the most elevated cuisine, but what they offer is efficiency. And with a bit of strategy, a rest stop can even refuel your body without sacrificing nutritional value. Read on to learn how to navigate the culinary jungle that is a rest stop.
Look Out For Sluggish Food
In every rest stop, you are bound to encounter an assortment of fast food options, and who could blame you for looking to them? After a long day of driving, nothing says comfort quite like biting into a cheeseburger and fries, but be cautious! We all know the questionable nutrition of fast food, but health aside, you will want to consider the way a food can make you feel. While deep fried and processed foods may taste delicious, they have a tendency to bog you down in ways you had not anticipated. Foods that are high in salt and fat can often lead to indigestion and fatigue, and nothing can put a damper on your day quite like a food coma on the road. Instead, consider the vendor’s selection of healthier options, such as grilled chicken sandwiches or salads. Food is your fuel. Don’t let a poor choice slow you down.
Fast Food Without the Guilt
If you are looking for a healthier option, one that doesn’t weigh too heavily on the wallet, then check out a nearby grocery store. This may seem like an obvious option, but highway drives tend to lead to a sort of tunnel vision. You may think to save time, that a rest stop is the only option, but in reality, grocery stores are often close to major roadways. In all likelihood, taking an exit for a market take much time at all. And not only do grocery stores offer a full selection of produce and snacks, but many also serve up a variety of prepared foods made in-store with fresh ingredients. What’s more, these foods will run you no more than that value meal from McDonalds, and your body will thank you as well.
Prepare for Messes
More likely than not, you’ll find yourself taking your bite on the road, and if you are travelling with children, those wrappers, napkins, and crumbs can pile up quickly, turning your vehicle into a dumpster on wheels. In order to manage a messy car, you will want to be prepared. Keep moist towelettes in the glovebox to keep messy hands at bay, and use old grocery bags to collect your trash before the mess piles up. Most rest stops provide trash bins, and you can use these to deposit your bagged waste. A clean car is a happy car, and a happy car makes a road trip enjoyable.