Road food

7 Jul

OK, I have a bunch of catch-up recipes and food and such the like to post, but first, I need your help!

One of my dearest friends is about to embark on a journey . . . and by journey, I mean an actual trip, not some goofy reality-show-esque life change. She and her longtime hunny-bunny will soon – as in next week! – be leaving on a motorcycle trip around the United States. Wow! Duration: indefinite. Destination: everywhere. How bad-ass are they?

Anyway, she has asked me to give her ideas of foods they can eat on the road – literally on the road, since they’re cruising on a bike. They will have a little camping kit, so most of their cooking will be over the fire. Again, how freakin’ cool are they? I’m more than a little envious.

So, friends, this is where you come in. Help me suggest food to bring along! Here are my ideas so far, but please please make your own recommendations in the comments! I’m no camper, and I’ve only road-tripped in a car, so this is all guess work. Also, they are not vegetarian, so feel free to include meaty options, too.


  • Raw fruit and veggies – apples, oranges, grapes, carrots, celery, etc. (anything that isn’t easily squished)
  • Nuts – full of good fat and protein, and they travel well
  • Trail mix – combine nuts and dried fruit and optional granola, dried coconut, chocolate chips, etc.
  • Low-sugar cereals – just make sure they don’t get too crushed
  • Energy bars – buy them or make your own. Just make sure they are low in sugar and high-ish in protein.
  • Peanut butter on crackers, veggies, tortillas, etc.


  • Breakfast: Oatmeal, dry cereal, eggs cooked over the fire (if you can find a way to store them), breakfast burritos (whatever you like combined in a tortilla cooked in the fire), nuts and fruit, energy bars, peanut butter on bread toasted over the fire, pre-made muffins.
  • Lunch and dinner: Sandwiches (especially nut butter, which doesn’t need to be refrigerated), canned soups, rice and beans (boiled over the fire), bean burritos, anything from a can.

Other considerations:

  • You can bring fresh fruit and veggies. Just make sure they are the kind that doesn’t get squished easily!
  • Opt for low-sugar versions of things (cereal, peanut butter, dried fruit with nothing added, etc.). Too much sugar on the road will make you feel more jittery and hungry.
  • Canned goods and shelf-stable items are your friends. Lots of foods you normally keep in a fridge are shelf-stable until opened (applesauce, some hummuses, dressings, salsa, etc.), so opt for smaller sizes of those items.
  • Stop for food when you need to – you can only fit so much on a motorcycle. Lots of grocery stores have healthy prepared options, and you can eat decently at some fast-food joints, just do it sparingly. Most places have salads or other veggies in addition to their massive slabs of beef.

Who has other ideas for my intrepid friends? Leave ‘em in the comments!


One Response to “Road food”

  1. Jessica Bennett July 14, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    How about natural jerkys (not the kind you get at convenience stores)?

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