Travel Food Success and A Failure

So, we’ve been home for two weeks, and I’ve not even thought about my blog! Shame on me. It’s time to share how our vacation dining went. As you may remember, we tried something new this trip. We’ve never cooked on the road before, so after much planning, list making, and last-minute prep (because I’m a terrible procrastinator) we embarked with 2 coolers full of perishables, and a basket full of non-perishables (this includes our prep items, and plates and what-not). In our coolers, I had made saline ice blocks, in gallon jugs…1/4 c. of salt per gallon, and they were still frozen on day 5.

This is a rundown of our foods in the cooler:

  • homemade hummus
  • cut veggies
  • fruit
  • boiled eggs
  • Grilled Veggie & Hummus roll-ups (we found that these got soggy very quickly, and the two we had left on day two of the trip were kind of gross)
  • Roast Beef Wraps (made with Muenster, not blue cheese)
  • Pimento Cheese BLTs on Sourdough – this was actually separated into the components so that nothing got soggy and included pre-cooked turkey bacon, and yes, I made homemade pimento cheese
  • Meatloaf and Red potatoes freezer meal ( I swapped the rosemary for oregano, since we aren’t big rosemary fans.)
  • Cheesy Chicken & Rice freezer meal (the rice was cooked and frozen ahead of time as well and I took the soup in the can)
  • Steak sandwiches on baguettes (with mayo & Dijon mustard…and then Bug added hummus to hers)


  • pita chips
  • Zapp’s Voodoo chips and Sweet Potato chips (which the Hubby brought home from LA or TX, YUM!!)
  • Nuts
  • Granola bars
  • gum
  • and everyone got a theater box of their favorite candy
  • peanut butter
  • sourdough bread
  • peanut butter fudge
  • quick & dirty…I mean easy chocolate fudge
  • brownies

So, we had great success with everything, except for the packed that I packed the chicken too tight in the bag, and it ended up breaking, so we lost a crock pot meal.. 😦  So we ended up with only one crock pot meal. The meatloaf was delicious, but didn’t hold together, it ended up being like loose meat. We liked it enough I’ll have to play with the recipe here at home to see if we can get it to hold together. We lost a few items out of the big “frozen food” cooler but they were almost gone, and only out of safety sake. We didn’t want to risk anything having been cross contaminated by the broken chicken bag. The chicken was still frozen, but the water in the cooler from condensation was our cross contamination concern.

We picked a hotel that served a decent hot breakfast, not just continental, since we have growing kids. We had eggs, waffles, biscuits, gravy, plus an assortment of continental-style breakfast items. Our total food cost on the road (I am not counting the grocery cost for the food I packed) was less than a hundred dollars, we bought dinner on the drive home, because of problem with the chicken fiasco, and we spent $20 bucks at the Gettysburg reenactment for Ye Olde Funnel Cakes (as the reenactor who gave us directions called it, and we are still giggling over 2 weeks later) and giant snow cones. It was so blinking hot on the day we were at the reenactment the snow cones were too good to pass up. Yes, we paid $4 bucks each for a 16-20 cup full of shaved ice and flavoring, but it was a relief. And the boost from the funnel cake carbs and sugar helped deal with the traffic of 150,000 people converging on just a few acres. Going into the reenactment, we traveled 6 miles in 2+ hours. It was nuts, but it was worth it.

Would I do it again? In a heartbeat! Although, I certainly wouldn’t pack the freezer bags so tight.


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