Road trips can be a ton of fun. With a little prep and some high protein gluten-free snacks to keep you fueled during your long drive you’ll be on your way to enjoying a trip of a lifetime.
How many of you like taking road trips? For those of you who don’t, I’d love to know why so please leave me a comment. I love road trips. I get to spend time talking to my family, see amazing things along the way, and try new gluten-free foods. Family and food are my heart, so road trips fill my cup of life. When planning a road trip, you’ll want to make sure you consider what gluten-free food you pack, whether there are gluten-free restaurants on your route, and where you should stop to take stretch breaks (this is so important, don’t leave it out).
Plan Gluten-Free Snacks and Meals
Have you ever grabbed a quick snack for the car that’s high in sugar or carbohydrates? I love sugar and high carb foods, but I tend to get tired and loose energy about 30 minutes later. I learned a few trips ago that I needed to pack gluten-free high protein and high fat snacks. High protein, and high fat snacks are best for fueling your long drive. They will give you the energy you need without making you tired. Don’t forget to stock up on all your favorites before hitting the road. You can store dry foods in a box or tote, and cold foods in a cooler.
While you are doing your planning and shopping, also make sure to reach out to local support groups for the areas you are traveling to for gluten-free restaurant and bakery recommendations. If you can’t find a support group, or a resource with recommendations you can google each city in between stops.
For our next big road trip we are packing a few of our favorite fruit and seed mixes, jerky, coconut oil, two cases of OWYN ready-made protein drinks. I’ll probably also grab some grain-free crackers, grain-free granola, and veggies for the road. You can never have too many healthy snacks!
You mentioned stretch breaks. How often should I take stretch breaks when driving long distances?
Most department of transportation websites recommend taking a 15-minute break, every 2 hours. Also, in my opinion, you should take an hour for lunch and dinner breaks. We are taking a two-week national parks road trip, and with the kids and the pup, we’ll need to make bathroom stops every couple of hours. I’m going to take the opportunity to walk, stretch, and take in the fresh air. I posted a quick body exercise routine below for those of you that like to get your heart rate up in between driving long distances.
Besides food, what else should I be prepared with when driving long distances?
We like to make sure we have everything we need for road trips, but also like the comfort of knowing that we aren’t going completely off grid and we can stop at the store if we forget something. Here are a few things that we plan on packing besides our camping gear.
- GPS, or map
- Spare tire
- Spare car key
- Jumper cables or Portable Car Jump Starter (pictured above, affiliate link)
- Phone and phone charger
- Audio books and/or music
- Cash/Credit Cards
- Roadside assistance number
- Emergency Kit with Extra Water (affiliate link)
- First Aid Kit (affiliate link)
- Toilet Paper (hey, you never know!)
Stretch Break Exercise Routine
If I don’t have a chance to move my body, I feel grumpy and slow. I plan to do four rounds of this quick exercise routine during a couple of our stretch breaks, on our longer driving days (up to 8 hours).
- 60 seconds of jumping jacks
- 15 jumping lunches
- 10 push ups
- 25 body-weight squats
- 60 seconds of skipping
What gluten-free snacks do you bring with you when you go on road trips or drive long distance? What else do you recommend?