A HEALTHY CHEFS ROAD TRIP ADVENTURE
As a California native, I grew up in the car driving up and down the state. On average, we were in the car for two hours to our destination. Three-day weekends were always spent visiting family in Santa Barbara (a 4 hour drive) and Marin County (an 8 hour drive). Needless to say, I quickly learned to have the essentials for a long car ride.
My priorities have changed since those family road trip days. A pillow, blanket and my Gameboy are no longer are on the list, but other essentials have stayed the same (with some refinement).
As a Natural Foods Chef, (and someone who gets ‘hangry’ when their blood sugar is low) I make sure to plan a day ahead when it comes to food. I’m not the girl looking for an ‘In-N-Out’ along the 405 freeway. I’ve learned to plan and have my essentials on hand. That way, I have what I want when I want it, and can explore as I like along the drive.
WHAT I PACK
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see I often document what I’ve packed when hitting the road. Whether it’s a day in LA or a much longer car ride. The basics tend to be:
- Good quality filtered water in glass bottles (you don’t want water sitting in your car, heating up in plastic)
- A small ice chest with ice packs (to keep perishable food cool)
- A metal fork, knife, and spoon (for eating snacks, salads or cutting into an avocado)
- Napkins and/or paper towels
- A basic snack such as an organic apple, carrots, or a bag of walnuts
- My own homemade salad in a Pyrex bowl with lid (that way I have a bowl to use incase I need to make any meals on my road trip).
When you have those basics, you can make anything happen whether you stop at a farm stand, farmers market or grocery store.
BEFORE I GO
I always do my research before I hit the road (or travel by plane). I look up health food stores, coffee shops or farmers markets that may be along the way or near my hotel. I can’t sit in the car for two hours straight. I’ll need to stretch my legs and use the restroom at some point, so I might as well make the stop a pleasant one.
THE REST OF THE CARGO
For my full go-to checklist and details for healthy road trips, read the rest of the article on Organic India’s Blog.
Below are some photos from my road trip across South Dakota, Wyoming and Idaho. I’ve included some pictures of the health food stores and farmers markets I researched and stopped at along the way.
Do you have any healthy travel tips? Please share in the comments below.