Trying To Plan Vacation, Need Help With Meal Ideas While Traveling.
Posted 20 April 2014 - 06:12 AM
Thinking of taking a portable grill and a hot plate thing or electric skillet. They will eat out sometimes (I'll take my own food into the restaurant).
Looking for suggestion or tips from anyone who's done this. I can't stand any type dried fruit so most bars, trail mixes and go picnics are out. No sea food so canned tuns is also out. And to top it off, hubby is dairy free.
Only gone on over night trips since going gluten free, this is going to take some planning.
Thanks in advance for any tips or suggestions.
Posted 20 April 2014 - 06:33 AM
Edited: this is exactly my situation and I have done some of those things you are doing. Remember, there are grocery stores. If you want to say where you are going from and to, maybe we have some suggestions of places along the way.
Edited by kareng, 20 April 2014 - 06:37 AM.
Posted 20 April 2014 - 09:57 AM
It is possible to have your own food on the road. This helps to prevent cross contamination and illness while on a trip. You can feel secure about all of the ingredients in your food. Be sure to keep all food either hot or cold.
Before leaving home, I make entree's for the days that we will be driving all day. I package a serving size amount in foil (Or stainless steel container) and I place these in the cooler. These I heat in a car oven while we are on the go.
I usually make my breakfast at the hotel. I eat my own pre-made muffins or granola. I use my electric skillet and spatula to make eggs,. If we are gong to be hiking or doing special events all day, I often make my supper at the same time. I would than cool it and be put it in foil and into a small insulated bag with some of the ice. Later I can heat it in the car oven or in the skillet.
My lunch would have been packaged in foil at supper time the night before, since I have leftovers for lunch daily. Sometimes I pack this hot in an insulated bag or a thermos. Otherwise this could be heated on a grill as well as in the car oven or skillet. I guess a campfire would work too.
My Car bin: This bin is carried in to the hotel with us. Add food, and then I have everything needed to serve.
Having this in the car (at all times) makes packing for trips must easier and emergency meals on the road easier..
disposible spoons and forks
coconut and olive oil (caution in hot weather I take these out)
Gloves for removing food from the car oven.
In My cooler I pack.
Large ice cubes.
Meats and eggs
Premade meals in foil pouches.
I would like to include my current car oven, but intend to come back to post a link. I have tried many varieties of oven for the car. I am currently using a model that lasted the longest. A small bit of water in the oven helps to heat better. The bottom of the oven gets hot, so foil, or stainless steel containers work the best for me. Don't forget some gloves, so You can get the food out of the oven and foil and on your plate. My oven cooks for one or two people. I have tried to pack in food for several people, but didn't succeed very well. I recommend to thaw food before putting it in the oven it heats more quickly. It does better (if you need larger amounts of foods) at keeping the food hot, rather than heating a bunch of cooled food. You can often purchase a "car oven" at truck stops or online. Here is the car oven which I use: RoadPro 12-Volt Portable Stove, Black. I have succeeded in doing baked sweet potato with this. Yum!
Posted 20 April 2014 - 10:40 AM
Looking at a 2,500 to 3,000 mile trip total.
Posted 20 April 2014 - 07:01 PM
Many hotels will bring a microwave and/or fridge to your room, as well, on request if it isn't already there. That is, of course, if you feel comfortable using their microwave with your sensitivity. (They should bring it sparkling clean). If you bring along a medium sized microwaveable covered dish that will fit in their compact microwaves, you can most definitely find something at a local grocery store and whip it up. Beans and rice comes to mind.... something I make myself when I feel lazy. You can google and get microwave versions of a lot of dishes. Also, depending on the space you can bring along a rice cooker, crock pot, or even get yourself a single electric burner and you can use your own pot/skillet on it. Probably disallowed by the hotel, but no one has to know, hehe.
On our last vacation we flew, and each day for breakfast I had microwave gluten-free oatmeal and fruit, for lunch I did gopicnics and annies mac n cheese cups that you microwave. Made popcorn... all were compact things I could shove in my suitcase. Also, if you want something the whole family can have, find some good corn tortillas and make sandwich wraps/rollups with them that are easy to eat in the car for a lunch on the go. But the good thing about going by car is you can take more stuff with you
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Posted 21 April 2014 - 02:38 PM
All in all, I ate well, did not go hungry and I ate the same thing everyday just to cut down on the challenges so that I could spend more time enjoying the trip. We took more food than we could ever eat. Planning way ahead helped a lot and cut down on my anxiety. By the time the trip came, I was ready to go!
I hope you have fun
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Posted 21 April 2014 - 03:02 PM
Food. You will figure it out and you got some great tips. Go to In-N-Out and say you have a wheat allergy. They should cook your burger on a separate grill. Horner canned chili is good on corn chips and Costco has gluten-free jerky.
You will have so much fun!
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Posted 21 April 2014 - 03:11 PM
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