Road Trip Food: What to Eat, and Why

Finding the right road trip food is a key to a successful trip. Sure, one could say that food makes or breaks any type of vacation. But it's different with road trips.

If you eat the wrong things, you could end up light-headed, sleepy at the wheel, or even too sick to drive. If you eat the right things, you'll have the energy you need to both maintain your focus on the road and explore all the little roadside attractions you find.

Having said that, there's no such thing as a perfect road trip food. It all depends on your typical diet, your likes and dislikes, and your budget.

So, the purpose of this section of the site is to make you aware of your choices, warn you of a few potential pitfalls, and get your mouth watering for the fare you'll find on the back roads of America.

Road trip snacks. These handy car foods will tide you over until your next meal stop, and will prevent the hunger pangs that can distract you from the road.

Healthy food during a road trip. You can eat surprisingly well by hitting grocery stores along the way. Here's what to buy.

Healthiest fast food. Sick of the greasy and the smelly? Here are some fast foods that will actually nourish you on your trip.

Best fast food. OK, so these offerings may not be the most nutritious. But they sure taste good.

Healthy restaurants. Stopping for a sit-down meal? These restaurants serve food that doesn't bite you back.

What not to eat on a road trip. Follow these guidelines to avoid unpleasant bathroom stops and other road trip inconveniences.

Eating while driving. Yes, it's possible to eat and drive at the same time, without wrecking your car or soiling your clothes. Here's how.

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