When going on a long trip, be it traveling by bus, train or car, you should think in advance about what to prepare for the trip in terms of food. Of course, you can have a snack in a roadside cafe or in a restaurant car, but the quality of such dishes usually leaves much to be desired, as well as their freshness. In addition, such food is not cheap, and reasonable economy has not yet been canceled. Therefore, let's talk about which products should be taken with you on a long journey, and which should be discarded.
General principles of selection of products
Traveling should be light - this is the basic law of a successful trip. So, going on the road, take with you exactly as much food as you may need on the way. If you take too many products, they will deteriorate and have to be thrown away, if there is too little food, you will have to look locally for some more or less decent store in order to buy something in addition.
The second rule of the seasoned traveler is to take "convenient" food with you. These include:
- products with a long shelf life, well tolerated outside the refrigerator;
- products that do not require precooking or are prepared in advance, such as boiled sausages;
- food that does not require the use of cutlery and utensils;
- food that will not spill or crumble from a sharp turn of a car or train;
- food that does not lose shape, does not wrinkle, does not crumble, does not leak or melt in the sun, and does not have a pronounced odor;
- food pre-divided into individual portions or packaged with ready-made cuts.
It is worth packing food in disposable containers (vessels) with tight-fitting lids, giving up plastic bags.
What can you take with you on the road?
Based on the above, we recommend that you take the following products on the road:
- Sliced bread, lavash sold in paper bags, and baked goods in separate cellophane packages - a sweet bun will perfectly satisfy even severe hunger, and from a sliced loaf you can make a sandwich in no time.
- Processed cheese cut into portions into triangles and packed separately. It is stored longer than regular cheese, without losing its taste in the heat, and besides, it can be eaten without bread.
- Pâté in cans - it is quickly spread on bread, and its taste is quite high. Unlike stew, it will not fall off a slice of bread, so it is convenient to eat it even in the most inconvenient conditions in terms of food intake.
- Cold cuts - it can be taken, as they say, "at one time", in such a way as to have a snack 4-5 hours after leaving the house. It is impossible to stock up on such food for a longer period in the summer - it belongs to perishable foods that can cause food poisoning.
- Hard vegetables (cucumbers, radishes, chopped bell peppers, carrots, green peas) - they do not lose their shape and will not flow even if they are crumpled. It is better to refuse tomatoes, which let juice out in a short time, quickly withering greens and preservation.
- Hard fruits (apples, oranges, tangerines) in small quantities. You should not take a lot of fruits - they do not give a feeling of fullness, but weigh a lot.
- Nuts, dried fruits, peeled seeds, hard biscuits, straws - they perfectly satisfy hunger, do not get your hands dirty, do not crumble or flow. It is ideal even for very long journeys.
- Still water.
Please note that this is only an approximate list of the most convenient products, a more accurate list of food is compiled based on the time spent on the road and the vehicles on which you are going to travel.
What to prepare for the trip?
Let's talk about what to cook for the trip so that it doesn't get spoiled if you can't get by with sandwiches, for example, because of stomach problems or the "interesting" position of a traveler. This issue should be approached taking into account the transport on which the voyage is to be made.
The train is the most convenient form of transport from the point of view of organizing lunch because of the presence of a comfortable table in it and the ability to ask the conductor for a glass of hot tea. So, it is recommended to take with you on the train:
- porridge, noodles, instant mashed potatoes, which can be poured with boiling water taken from the conductor;
- boiled, portioned chicken, turkey, veal; baked pork in foil (such meat will turn out to be dry and low-fat). Just do not overdo it with seasonings, especially garlic and onions;
- baked potatoes, French fries or jacket potatoes cut into slices;
- zucchini pancakes or some other "dry" pancakes;
- ready-made sandwiches or hot dogs with large lettuce instead of cabbage; thin pita bread can be used as an envelope for the filling;
- pies with sweet filling (jam, berries, fruits), but it is better to refuse pies with meat, cabbage and egg with rice - this filling quickly deteriorates;
- Jam in portioned jars;
- ketchup or mustard in soft packaging (do not take mayonnaise - it spoils quickly, especially in the sun), they can be used to season meat and potatoes, then lunch will be especially tasty;
- tea bags, refined sugar, stickers with coffee;
- salt in a medicine jar with a tight lid;
- disposable utensils and a knife, as well as disposable bags and napkins.
By the way, no matter how tempted you are by the aromas hovering on the platform (for example, from boiled corn or fried pasties), beware of buying such products if you do not want to spend the night in the "office" next to the vestibule.
We do not recommend that you take food with you on the plane. Firstly, they feed well there (and you don't have to worry about the quality of the products, the company is responsible for them "with its head"), and secondly, the longest flight takes up to 10 hours, which is quite possible to survive on nuts and chips. Thirdly, the rules for transporting food in each country are regulated in a special way, therefore, in order to avoid misunderstandings, it is better not to lug a suitcase with sandwiches and fried chicken.
Traveling by car is different from traveling by train - there is no hot water, and it is not always possible to sit down for a picnic - the roads are not very safe today, so long stops are not worth making. It will be possible to eat in cafes where truckers dine - as a rule, there is good and satisfying food there, and it is not too expensive.
Before traveling, it is advisable to purchase a cooler bag: it is recommended to store a supply of water and food that may spoil in it, for example, yoghurts, processed cheese, cold cuts or cold meats. Be sure to take with you pistachios or peanuts, biscuits, snacks, straws - they do not crumble much and perfectly satisfy hunger. As for cooked dishes, the same rule applies here as for traveling on a train, however, it is allowed to take boiled eggs with a specific smell, fried chop with garlic, deep-fried potatoes from which fat is drained (as in “ McDonald's ").
Do not forget to bring a large thermos with tea and hot coffee (for the driver). But on a long trip, one such drink is not enough, so buy a couple of jars with an energy drink in advance. And, of course, worry about napkins and disposable dishes, ketchup, salt - in general, everything that will make your lunch as delicious as possible.
Food for the road for children
When going on the road with children, be sure to take them juice with a straw, sweet buns, marshmallows, marshmallow, dried fruits - the child will with pleasure to gnaw them on the way. For very young children, grab special cookies for toddlers and a milk mixture, which must be diluted with cold boiled water (today such mixtures can be easily found on sale). Don't forget a clean spoon, a spare bottle, a teat, and a supply of boiled water. In between meals, the baby can scrape an apple into a spoon, give a banana or peach cut into slices and folded into a jar. Do not take ready-made yoghurts and curds with you - they spoil very quickly. Better to buy them immediately on the spot. True, if you have a cooler bag, then it is permissible to take fermented milk products on the road.
What cannot be taken on the road?
When going on a trip, give up the following products and ready meals:
- all perishable products - fermented milk products, boiled sausage, cheese, smoked meat, fish cuts;
- crumbly cereals, soups and noodles, as well as finely chopped vegetable salads or with mayonnaise dressing - they not only turn sour quickly, but it is not very convenient to eat them on the road;
- soft fruits and vegetables;
- chocolate and chocolates that melt quickly in the sun;
- friable biscuits;
- sweets with a creamy layer;
- products with a specific smell - boiled eggs or cutlets;
- meat with gravy and gravy, and steaks with blood or medium rare;
- pies with perishable filling;
- fish dishes;
- sweet sparkling water that will not quench your thirst.
As you can see, getting ready for the trip is not too difficult. The main thing is to know which products you can take with you and which you cannot. Do not drink a lot of water on the way, otherwise you will have to run to the toilet often, and to get less thirsty, do not eat too much salty or sugary foods. If you feel any uncharacteristic smell from food - throw it away without hesitation, you don't want to get food poisoning, do you?
And the last one. Do not take too much food with you, succumbing to the eternal panic of a "good" wife and mother that the children and husband will go hungry. Today, buying groceries is not a problem even in distant Magadan, this is in the first place. And secondly, do not forget that you are going on vacation or on business, and not going on a trip in order to eat on the road..