When we travel by car, in order to avoid travel stomach problems, it is important to watch our diets and to realize that we aren't burning a bunch of calories just sitting in the car driving or sleeping! When we used to travel with kids, we also had to remember to keep them fed and happy with things they would enjoy. We also didn't want to spend a ton of money. It all definitely takes some pre-planning and preparation! Over the years, we have come up with some favorite foods that we like to bring along on road trips!
#1: Lindsey never drinks soda, but on road trips she will break that rule because when she drives a little caffeinated soda keeps her awake. I am the same way. On the other hand, if you are driving with kids, you probably like them to sleep! So juice, water, and Gatorade are important to bring along. Everyone needs to stay hydrated to help avoid stomach problems. Alicia says Gatorade is something she likes to travel with. The idea of avoiding stopping for bathroom breaks by not drinking much is not really a good one. Kids suffering with constipation is worse than stopping to let them go to the bathroom. Plus, a good stretch of the legs is good for everyone as well.
*We try to get hotels that serve breakfast! We make note of the ones with the best breakfasts. It is good to start the day with a good breakfast that will carry you through the day as you live on snacks. Even less expensive hotels will offer breakfasts now-a-days, so this is very budget friendly.
*When you stop for the evening, go and get a healthy meal. It doesn't have to be heavy. I ate a lot of salad bar offerings and soups. Everyone will sleep better if you eat something satisfying after the long drive, plus it is fun to go to a local diner or restaurant and just relax and enjoy the town you are in and one another's company. Some of our favorites this trip were Settebello in Salt Lake City, a local diner we ate in while in Panguitch, UT, and Braums in Winfield, KS.