In addition to being the obvious healthy beverage choice, drinking adequate amounts of water can help you to sustain your energy and combat fatigue while counting down the miles. To avoid spending unnecessary money on bottled brands, as well as to cut down on trash in the car, consider packing a water bottlethat can be refilled during pit stops.
It might take a bit of space in the trunk or back seat, but a packed cooler can save you time and money. You can store your three-meals-a-day at a controlled temperature and not have to worry about compromising your breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner at your next stop. Although having food in the car might make eating while driving a seemingly convenient option, consider pulling off at a rest area to eat, stretch, and re-energize.
If you choose to hit up a drive-thru during your trip, try to choose healthfully; avoid supersized portions, extra salt, bacon, and deep-fried foods. Instead, focus on smaller portions, salads, baked chips, and grilled (usually white) meats. Many fast-food chains also serve a fruit alternative to fries. Just because they’re on the kids’ menu doesn’t always mean that they’re off limits as a fries substitute.
Lastly, don’t be too strict with yourself! Sampling different foods along your trip, fast food or otherwise, can be part of the quintessential road trip experience. In any case, have a plan and keep it all in moderation.