no food in my car . Ever. That is why they make so many Subways and Chic fi lays . If you can't take ten minutes out for a quick and messy mealtime dishes along the route , you should only consider something like CBD Gummy Bears which will help with your hip aching from sitting in the car too long with no breaks !!!
Good coffee is my favorite. I'd give up any ten food items before I'd give up coffee. A really good espresso cortado makes a road trip even more special.
As for eats, almonds, other nuts, strawberries, apples are good.
On looong road trips, like the 450 miles I do at least once a year between my home in Boston and my siblings and some friends in the DC metro area, I always bring a bag of carrots. If I get tired, which sometimes happens on those trips, crunching on carrots wakes me up. And if it doesn't wake me up, I know it's time to get off the road and nap.
Sorry, But "Upon returning to the United States, Forest Mars began his own company, Food Products Manufacturing, where he developed, among other things, Uncle Ben's Rice and Pedigree Pet Foods. In 1940 he began a partnership with Bruce Murrie (the other "M") and in 1941 the two men patented M & M candies." " In 1942, 200,000 pounds of M&M’s were produced weekly in their Newark, NJ factory, most of it going to the military. Soldiers in WWII carried the m&m's with them. By the end of the war, the factory was producing 600,000 lbs each week.
Payday or similar, a good sliced manchego cheese, beef meat stick (costco's are good), and if you haven't tried, Kettle Truffle flavored Potato chips. With a good co-pilot, these are all easy to handle tasty treats.
Having been around for far too long I'll pass on road trips from the 50's through the 70's. Fair warning, this is socially unacceptable today. A large cooler full of beer. Mine was root beer but the old man's was just about anything around 5%. This is back when a trip from Buffalo to Boston was on two lane roads reading Burma-Shave road side jokes. Road side drive-in stands would sell beer with your burger which you could take to go or sometimes have a few around a pick nick table and leave four hours later. The trip was more fun than the destination back then.
Obviously one whole faction of the insured is unrepresented, or someone would have mentioned how unruly caviar can be at the wheel. Those pesky devils just roll *everywhere.* And what about that Grey Poupon?
I have a small purpose-built zippered bag I call my "Nut Sac" that I fill with deluxe mixed nuts. Nutritious, no mess, no waste and non-distracting. Apples and a chilled bottle of water in a cooler. Beyond that, have a light lunch when you fill with gas.
It depends on the car. The rental for our road trips--anything go's. My newer cars--NO. -- No snacks any way. (One of us , well maybe both are slobs) The collector cars ABSOLUTELY NO WAY. NOTHING! You can eat all the snacks you want, but do it in the lawn chair behind the car.
I like chocolate covered coffee beans for really long stretches. Keeps me alert without making me want to find the nearest restroom. Need to make sure to keep them out of the sun and not leave them in your car when parked for a long time.
I hate to rain on the junk food parade but the absolute best travel food is. Grapes! They keep you hydrated without causing rest stops. They are low cal and bulk, you are just sitting so traveling light is good. They are very refreshing!
I know of few road side places to grab something that are not better places to eat than in a car that is moving at almost 90 feet per second. Unless your in the back of a Rolls with a tray table pull over to eat, If you must have a bag of vending machine food have the decency to finish it and wash your hands before getting back into the car.
I fill up with gasoline, go inside, and fill up one of the supersize fountain drink cups with ice. I will then purchase a diet root beer (which exist in the land of unicorns these days), or diet pepsi if I can find no unicorns, pour it in and enjoy that. Then I will suck ice. It keeps me alert regardless of how many hours I have been on the road. On occasion I will buy sunflower seeds. Getting to the seed keeps me working and accomplishes the same thing. I did a quick 800 miles last week.
In October I had to drive from Central Alberta to Montreal in a hurry, 3 sleeps due to a family matter. My travel snack was a Costco container of mix nuts and a case of water. Before I leaving in the morning I transferred nuts in a cup container and poured the bottle water in a coffee travel mug. Those are the only 2 things that I ever consume in my truck an F150. With the monstrous fuel tank I can go a full 12hrs none stop, but I rarely do. For numb bum remedy I put my seat on max cool which really numbs my bum. Happy New Year.
I'm the person that wants to get from point A to point B asap. Don't want to lose 45-60 minutes of road time to stop and eat in restaurant. Unhealthy snacks and food is part of the road trip. Snacks found in gas station that drip all types of preservatives, fast food drive up windows plus long road trips go hand in hand.
What happened to cheeseburger in paradise don't forget the fries and and a cold beer to boot!! To me it's always easier to stop. But in a pinch a couple of Snickers bars are on hand. Loved the last photo No Ethanol and not a charging station in site!😎😎
The best road food is one I can't get in SC, and may no longer be available. When I was stationed at Mountain Home AFB, ID (83-87), there was a place called "Taco John's". They served a deep fried beef or bean burrito in a sleeve that was about 1.25-1.50" in diameter and 7-8" long. Just push up out of the sleeve and bite! Nearest equivalent are the "Tornados" served at Circle K stores. They used to be on the roller grille and you could slip in in a sleeve, but most now have them in small boxes due to COVID. Still easy to hold and eat without making a mess while driving though. The French Toast and Sausage are the tastiest road trip breakfast!! My truck is my office, so a Polar Pop and FTS is a common hot and tasty breakfast for me!!
I am a "Team No food in my car." Even is we stop for a quick meal it's still sit and enjoy but not in my car. Would rather sit by or in a rest stop and car/people watch than miss the sights of this great country snacking away.