My college-age daughter just opened the freezer and chided me for putting carbonated drinks in there. She insists they'll explode. Little does she know I am simply going through the motions of packing road food for my tour up through Washington. I like using frozen drinks to help keep the cooler cold and haven't had any freezer explosions to date.
My husband, Brad, does all the driving. Even when he's tired he drives, because he can't sleep when I drive. Silly, I know. I'm a perfectly capable driver. My job is to sleep, change the CD's for whatever book we're listening to and occasionally provide in-flight meals. I've got this down to a science.
I start by packing Brad's favorites...Coke and Doritos. I go easy on the caffeine drinks myself...remember, I'm the one sleeping. Another must is boiled eggs. I pre-peel them and bring a little salt and pepper shaker. I always bring fruit because it seems like a very healthy choice, but it's not the first thing we reach for. We like cheese and crackers better.
Lately I've been creating what I call "healthy cookies." I never follow recipes, so the cookies are different every time. I just use coconut oil and reduce the sugar, throw in whatever whole grains, seeds or nuts we have around and flavor with cinnamon. They're really good, but not so good that I binge. That's important.
The best part of road touring? Watching the western landscape fly by as we hold hands and move toward our dreams.