Packing sandwiches for the open road can be messy business — by the time lunch rolls around, the sandwich bread can be squishy and saturated with tomato juice. Once you start eating the sandwich, more of it can end up in your lap than in your mouth. Let's toss those subpar roadie sandwiches aside and start making perfect travel sandwiches instead. All you need are a baguette, your favorite condiment, an avocado, deli meat, cheese, and a large lettuce leaf. Learn the magic behind the one-handed, spill-free sandwich that's easy to eat while you're on the open road.
Sure, travel snacks are great when you're hitting the open road for a long weekend, but sometimes, cross-country trips simply aren't conducive to packing coolers full of perishables. That's why we suggest hitting up one of these tried-and-true spots for a spontaneous bite. From Waffle House to Cracker Barrel, here are some of the most reliable road trip food stops.
No car trip is complete without plenty of snacks to keep you fueled and awake on the open road. If you're feeling ambitious, we've got six homemade versions of snack favorites, but if time isn't on your side, we've also included six store-bought options from brands we know and love.
While big cities like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago get loads of press for their high-end cuisine, there are plenty of other cities all over the US that cultivate their own foodie communities. If you're looking to plan a Summer road trip with quality food to boot, then here are eight sweet cities with renowned restaurants and flavors that pack a punch. Don't see your favorite stop in the list? Chime in with your city in the comments!
Does your next family trip involves hours on the road? Does getting to grandma's house for the weekend take just a little longer than you'd like? Well, get excited because we've got the best tips and tricks for keeping lil ones busy (and happy) in the car. From games and gizmos to good old-fashioned fun, these 10 ideas are ready to add to your arsenal.
If hopping on a plane to an exotic destination isn't in the cards for you this Summer, fret not. Road trips (especially to America's top food cities and other culinary destinations, like food festivals) can be just as fun. Even if you can't afford to take a massive vacation, you can still enjoy peak travel season by getting in a car and driving somewhere fun. But as the old adage goes, sometimes the journey is the destination, so if you've ultimately got your sights set on good eats, then don't overlook the ever-important car snacks. Here are 10 road trip foods that are just as appetizing as they are portable and transport resistant.
Nothing says Labor Day like a car full of loved ones headed for an end of Summer getaway or celebration. Before you brave the road with your precious cargo, check out these little-known safety tips! I spoke with Becky Michalkiewicz, the statewide child safety seat coordinator of the California Highway Patrol, who offered up this expert advice.
- Watch out for anything in your car that's loose, like toys. "It is important to make sure the environment of your car is the safest possible," says Michalkiewicz. "Make sure there is nothing that isn't strapped down because that becomes a projectile" in an accident.
- Don't clip items on your car seat, even something like a toy mobile. Attaching items that didn't come with your car seat voids the manufacturer's liability if you are in an accident and the car seat malfunctions.
- It may sound simple, but make sure you know how a car seat looks and sounds when it is installed correctly. Michalkiewicz said the CHP commonly sees car seats that are not attached at all.
If you need help, contact your local highway patrol. The CHP, for example, will schedule an appointment with a trained technician to check your car seat and how it fits your child.
This week, reality TV star Kendra Wilkinson has been road trippin' with her family and tweeting all about it. When you're visiting a small town or limited to roadside food, it can be hard to stay on track. Kendra's solution: cheat, cheat, cheat. Instead of staying on track while on the road, Kendra has decided to embrace her surroundings and is eating local Missouri fare like chili dogs and chocolate. This is definitely not normal eating for Kendra — after giving birth to her baby in December, she dropped 25 pounds in just two months through diet and exercise.
Like Kendra, I definitely give myself license to cheat a little — especially on vacation. I never pass up a plate lunch in Hawaii, and even though I rarely eat pizza, I always sneak in a slice when I'm in NYC. I've even been known to stop at In-N-Out Burger after driving home from a strenuous climbing trip. It's not how I normally eat, but when I'm on vacation I give myself license to indulge just a bit.
How about you — what's your favorite cheat food?
Summer usually is the time for family road trips and, for most, this includes your four-legged family members as well. I hate to put this out there, but if by chance you get into an accident with your pet in the car (knock on wood, this hasn't happened), first responders can have a heck of a time trying to get you out of a mangled car safely, which can become even more difficult if they have a scared or injured pet on their hands.
First off, pets should always be belted in for their (and your) own good, but adding this Pet Safety Kit into the mix can help even more. Just by signing up and creating a free profile on Bark Buckle Up, you'll get an alert decal, a pet ID card, a subscription to their helpful newsletter, as well as full access to their website.
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The key to keeping backseat harmony is being prepared. Aside from parents mapping out their course and packing snacks for the kiddos, stocking up on the drive-time activities is essential for a smooth ride. After downloading our road trip games, think up other items that will keep children occupied.
- A family sing-a-long is great if everyone knows the words. Ziggy Marley and Neil Sedaka both recently introduced new albums that will get the whole family bopping.
- Activity books, like Klutz's Suction Cup Critters and Mad Libs Summer Fun are fun timeless tablets.
- Books about being on the road like Road Trip Learning and Our 50 States keep youngsters learning about our country while passing through new areas.
For more of our road trip picks, check out the products below, and never underestimate the power of a 15 minute roadside stop to stretch the legs and jump up and down!