Each summer, long road trips come with some challenges. One is how to keep food (snacks, drinks, etc...) safe for everyone to eat after a few hours of driving in the hot sticky weather. This summer we are planning a road trip and when researching how to take food with us, I came across these products from Amazon.
Products to keep food safe on the go
First, you need a container that has some sort of insulation. It can be hard plastic cooler with wheels or fabric one with insulated liners. Adding ice packs to it will help keep it cold longer.
The hard plastic coolers work pretty well but may move around unless you strap it into a particular area. It's great for minivans or SUV where you have more floor space. If you have a pass-through crossover, something like the one below works great because the kids can reach behind them to get their food and it doesn't need to be at their feet. Ask yourself, how are you and your kids going to reach the food while you are in the vehicle? This will help you determine which one works best for you. Food in a well-insulated cooler will help keep your food cold for several hours.
This is great for the kid on the go. It has lots of pockets on the side for toys and books. And the inside can store the food for each child. Nice for kids with specific food preferences. It also works for kids who have dietary restrictions. Each child could have their own bin. This would work great in a minivan where the children can spread out.
For smaller cross-over vehicles or sedans, these two work great. It gives the kids places to store their drinks and snacks and their activities. Each of our children had their own back of the seat storage organizer. They held things like colored pencil boxes, notepads, DVDs for the DVD player, video game devices, etc... in them. It really helped reduce the arguing issues.
The one above has an insulated pocket which helped keep drinks and water from getting too hot in the summer. I never used this one before, but it looks really neat. Add a frozen water bottle in with the other drinks to keep the drinks cool and you don't need an ice pack. =)
This one is great for larger cars or minivans that have extra lighters to use to keep your food cold while driving. The downside is when you turn off the car for hours, your drinks will probably be warm.
Taking a pet with you on your vacation? This one is great for your furry family they need food and water too. I like that this one has various areas to store pet essentials. If you have soft dog food, be sure you have a cool place to store it. You wouldn't want your pet to get sick on the road. That is not fun at all.
Here are a few additional tips to make your trip a great success.
After installing these items in your vehicle, finding the right container to fit is crucial. These reusable food pouches are great for storing homemade baby food. Be sure to keep it in a cool place.
Look for containers with built into them. Removable dividers will not work because food will slide under the dividers. Keeping food separated will help stay fresh. The containers should also lock on several sides.
Prep Food Tips For On The Go:
- Let food that is hot cool to room temperature before storing in a cold place.
- Label your food containers with the name of what it is and the date created and stored.
- Homemade sandwiches work great. Limit cheese and other lunch meats. PB&J are great options.
- Individual packages snacks are great for kids. It creates more trash but you should be able to find rest stops to recycle or trash the wrappers.
- Look for items that have a multipurpose. Like freezing larger water bottles the night before leaving can be used in larger coolers as ice packets and then you can drink from them after they melt.
I hope these products will help you keep your food safe while traveling this summer. Please share your tips below on what you do to protect your food while driving in the heat. I would love to hear from you.
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