Roadtrip! What Trader Joe's and Costco items would make it into your car?
Heading towards Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, and Glacier National. We won't be stopping for meals during the day while we are covering long distances.
Please help give me ideas for snacks and portable items to tide us from breakfast to dinner on the days we are driving.
Because it is vacation, both healthy and not-so-healthy recommendations are appreciated!
Thanks in advance.
Lucky you! We did a roadtrip to Rushmore a few years ago and it was fantastic!
I'd suggest the usual suspects from TJs...trail mix, cereal bars. Their sweet/salty nuts and lime chile nuts are just crack to me so I'd consider them vacation-worthy.
Speculoos spread and graham crackers, make little sandwiches before you leave. Or the Nutella knockoff/graham crackers
Assuming you have a cooler, Hansen's or the TJ vintage sodas, the speculoos bars, yogurts, fresh OJ, string cheese.
Costco housemade granola, good selection of dried fruits, nuts and their Kirkland Kettle Chips if you want to be bad.
Organic apple slices
Fiberful fruit bars
Mini peanut butter cups
Chocolate chip cookies from the bakery side
Trader Joe's Falafel Chips are unreasonably good. Road trip-tested: always on the trip from TJ's to home. I think I need to go to TJ's *right now*
I would have at least three varieties of TJ's trek mix with me . . . and I would eat too much at a time too.
Protein! My TJS has neat little snack packs of salami and cheese I always take with me on my air trips.
I also love their Rosemary marcona almonds, I create my own mix of Rosemary Marcona Almonds, Dried turkish apricots and cubes of their dark chocolate bars (The ones that come in the 3 pack)
Baggies of sugar snap peas! Sweet, Crunch, no dip required and keep your hands dry and clean! :)
I agree with Dommy that protein would be a consideration to take, esp. if you have a cooler with you...recommend Applegate Farms nitrite free deli meats (roasted turkey breast is excellent) and simply roll each slice up.
Milk Chocolate covered Pretzels
Social Snackers (similar to Captain Wafers - butter crackers)
Ridge Cut Potato Chips with Carmelized Onion Dip (Dip found in refrigerator section)
Gummy Bears - made with all natural fruit and vegetable juices
South Carolina Peaches - sweet and juicy
Carrot Sticks, Pita Chips and Mediterranean Hummus
Greek Yogurt (personally can vouch for the Strawberry flavor)
Cinnamon Roll Bread paired with Marscarpone Cheese (excellent together - the marscarpone cheese is a bit sweeter than regular cream cheese)
I would take coconut water (available at either place) Kettle corn (both places have this) and some bananas from TJ's. The Costco bananas are almost always too green. A four pound box of grapes from Costco would be good if you have a cooler. The grapes I've gotten lately have been delicious, sweet and crisp.
My Costco (montgomeryville pa) has those cake pops like they sell at Starbucks. Might be nice if you have a big cooler. Luckily I hate sprinkles so I have managed to resist the cake pops so far, but they look very appealing
Recently tried TJ's Rosemary Raisin crackers and polished off the box in 20 mins. Just the right crunch and really excellent car food.
Costco when they have fresh figs, I load up.
From Costco, large bags of jerky, cashews, cheese, french bread, salami and some good wines. Lunch and munchies well covered.
A nice boneless roast, (beef, chix, or pork), triple wrap it in H.D. aluminum foil, place it on the exhaust manifold in the engine compartment; when you stop for the night a succulent, tender and juicy roast will await you.
Pretzel crisps (dark chocolate are the best but all are good)
Seasame crackers + hummus
Big box of cherries or grapes
Lemon ginger cookies
chocolate covered nuts
Dried fruit strips
Water and cashews for sure from costco. If you have a cooler I'd do either chips and salsa or pita chips and hummus. The chips and hummus would be a lot more friendly if eating in the car on the go of course. Not sure how many people will be with you, but their rotisserie chicken salad is really good too and could make a great in the car lunch with crackers. Heck, even one of their rotisserie chickens would be great to take, but I'd make sure to cut it up the night before you leave.
How many days in the car?
Case of Water
Gas (while you stop for gas you might as well pick up a $1.50 hot dog with a free drink).
Dried Young Coconut or Mango
The tub of individually packaged madeilines are surprisingly good. But if they don't have those then the biscotti or the Just Desserts brownie bites.
The tray assorted Italian meats, prosciutto and friends.
Kirkland trail mix
The bag of baby bell cheeses
I think they have the tray of fresh figs this time of year
The box of 50 [or 30] bags of lay's stuff cause kids don't really like to share a bag. Or sunchips or veggie.
The box of peanut, almond, cashew packages or just the big jar of mixed nuts but the individual packages are convenient for different tastes and not whining about the picking out the good stuff.