favorite things to eat during long (4-6hr) car ride?
We did the L.A. to S.F. road trip this past week, so it wasn't exactly camping.... I hate getting crumbs and such on my clothes, so we mostly snacked on Fruit and made sure we had PLENTY of water.
For the rest, we put our chow radar on... we made out pretty good... Old Port Lobster Shack, La Super Rica and Friendly Fred's Hot dogs...
Blueberries. I once finished a half gallon tub on a drive from SF to LA.
Salt and vinegar chips come in a close second, but are messier.
And the cooler in the back seat usually has some kind of meat and cheese sandwich. Last road trip it was prosciutto and buffalo mozerella with a little dijon.
Trader Joe's sells a rice cracker mix. I combine a bag of that with the following other items from TJs:
a bag of their Sweet, Savory & Tart Trek Mix (lightly salted whole almonds, cashews, dried cranberries and chopped apricots, and white chocolate chips)
a bag of dried edamame (from TJ's)
1/4 to 1/3 bag of lightly salted whole almonds
1/3 bag of lightly salted whole cashews
Shake the whole thing together in a large ziplock bag or container with a snap-tight lid, and you're good to go.
I've done a considerable amount of 5+ hour driving and I'm always on the lookout for new snacks that keep my fingers and lap relatively clean; can last a long, sometimes hot car ride; and are, of course, tasty. To add to the lists of previous posters:
chili bits (crackers from Asian markets)
toasted seaweed strips
banana crisps (from Trader Joe's, if they're in stock)
Yep, gotta have the jerky!
Pudding cups -- for passengers, not the driver
Pringles -- gross, I know, but they won't get smushed in the can.
It fun to stick the raisins to your teeth and smile at the cars going by.
Wow, I'm reverting to my childhood car trips.
There's the standard trail mix, dried fruit, nuts, bars, chocolate, etc., but the stuff I really get excited about when I'm camping are the things I would never buy to eat at home - stuff I might consider "junk food," but I think of camping as being on vacation after all - so what better time to indulge in a few treats?
*Annies bunny grahams (chocolate, cinnamon, or honey)
*sesame sticks or wild rice sticks
*Almond Pocky (or Original in a pinch)
*rice biscuits (they are sort of slightly sweet/salty)
*baby bel cheese-those ones that come wrapped in plastic and red wax-cooler not required
*Le Petit Ecolier cookies
*yogurt covered cherries
*freeze dried fruit and vegetables
*individual chocolate soy milk (in a juice-box type thing)
*cheetos - the crunchy is my favorite, but I've converted to the natural as it ameliorates my conscience slightly
My SO likes (in addition to my snacks):
*lychee gummies, gummy bears, or swedish fish
*sour cream and onion pringles (I see that he's not alone in liking pringles for camping)
*individual whole milk (also in juice-box type thing)
I realize this thread has mostly been about snacks (and I LOVE snacks!) but hhc, I'm not sure if you also wanted meals for camping too. If so, here are a few meals we've made while car camping and you don't need a cooler for anything listed below (but you do need a campstove):
*rice and Tasty Bite (various Indian dishes, e.g. palak paneer, jaipur vegetables, etc. come in foil pouches)
*instant miso soup with buckwheat noodles, Silken tofu and vegetables
*Hoecakes and chili
*Tuna with pasta and chili-"cream" sauce (you can use the milk from the snack list above)
*hummus and falafel pita sandwiches with cucumbers, tomatoes, and lemon
*fruit cobbler (if you have a campfire with coals and a dutch oven)
I love camping! I love backpacking even more, but that's a different list of food altogether - obviously no one is hauling a cast iron dutch oven up the mountain.
Enjoy your camping adventures!
A large cooler filled with ice and:
Bottles of spring water and unsweetend iced tea
Bottles of natural juices, and fresh orange juice
Bottles of organic milk
several Fresh farm cheeses
Fresh fruits, washed and ready to eat
small containers of natural applesauce
longer trips might include some grilled chicken breasts and grilled veggies, a container of salad greens, and a small container of home-made or natural salad dressing, and also a small container of breakfast cereal.
I usually try (and always forget) to bring trash bags, extra aluminum foil or saran to re-wrap cheeses, etc
also a small "dry" package with a loaf of fresh bread, plastic utensils, plates and cups, lots of napkins, bananas, ripe tomatos, a box of raisins, a bag of nuts, and perhaps a piece of chocolate.
This stockpile can provide a road-warrior with enough food for a LONG road trip, keeping the cooler filled with fresh ice is easy, replenishing basics along the way is easy.
This is my version of things, based on healthy eating (the longer i drive and the more fast-food signs we pass, the more I want to eat only natural healthy foods).
Diced aged Cheddar cheese in a ziploc bag.
Hard-boiled eggs, with salt & pepper packets stolen from a fast food restaurant.
Japanese wasabi peas.
Pocky chocolate cookie sticks.
Frozen water bottles.
Frozen juice boxes.
And....A set of nice cloth napkins for saving your pants + the car. Wave them like a flag outside the car window to shake out the crumbs.
Crystallized ginger to help with motion sickness (to anyone tempted to say it doesn't work LALALA I'M NOT LISTENING!)
Babybels last a surprisingly long time with no refigeration. A friend and I drove around Costa Rica for a week snacking on babybels with no problem. Babybels and lowfat Triscuits...mmmm!