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Road Trippin’ Nutrition Tips

By Rana Wright

  • Do you like to take road trips?
  • Are you gone on the weekends for tournaments, family getaways, or girls’ weekends?
  • Do you struggle with what to eat when you’re road trippin’?

Have no fear! Coach Rana’s here with some easy nutrition tips for those times you are loading up the kids, dogs and car for a getaway.

My family travels a lot. We especially love road trips because it gives us the opportunity to hit the open road, see the sights, and take out dogs with us.

IMG_9121My son and our dogs on the open road

What we don’t love about travelling is how difficult it can be to eat wholesome, nutritious food. We don’t like eating in restaurants because it’s expensive and often the “convenient” choices are fast food restaurants or gas station snacks.

We found a way to eat healthy while on the road! It takes a little planning and prep but it’s so worth it!

Here are my 3 Tips to Make Eating on the Road Easier:

  1. Pickup a Portable Cooler

Costco for the win! (We all know Costco has all the things.) We found this great little Igloo cooler at the end of the summer.  It cost approximately $130. It has an adapter to plug into the lighter in your vehicle.  It also has a regular plug-in so when you get to wherever you’re staying it will plug into a wall outlet and acts a mini-fridge too!

IMG_9110 (1)

2. Prep Your Road Food – I like to keep it simple when travelling.

I hard boil some eggs in my instant pot, wash, cut and pack up our veggies, purchase a pre-cooked chicken, sliced cheese and deli meats. We also eat sandwiches or buns on the road.  We have fruit and veggies readily available for us to snack on too.  I could pop the popcorn myself, but I like to buy it already popped.


Protein and Fat

  • Shaved turkey slices
  • Hardboiled eggs
  • Lean turkey pepperoni
  • Grenade Carb Killa protein bars – Fudge Brownie and Carmel Chaos are our favs
  • Yogurt
  • Medium cheese slices
  • Babybel cheese
  • Chicken (whole chicken from Sobey’s that I take apart for easy eating)


  • Orville Redenbacher air-popped salted popcorn
  • Cobbs multigrain buns
  • Go-Go squeeze apple sauces
  • Brown Rice Rice Crispy Treats

Fruit and Veggies

  • Apples
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Carrots
  • Snap peas
  • Orange and yellow peppers


  • Water
  • Ultima electrolyte powder
  • La Croix peach/pear sparkling water
  • Hot coffee and tea from Starbucks (a road trip must in our family)

3. Pack it up, Pack it in!

  • I pack all the food needing refrigeration in the cooler and plugged it in ot the lighter.
  • All the dry food gets packed into a red bag cooler bag (show in the photo above).


Because we’re a family of 3, the cooler can sit right behind the driver’s seat for easy access by the person sitting in the front passenger seat or by my son in the back seat. The dry goods bag goes right beside the cooler.


Voila! Easy, peasy healthy, road trippin’ food literally right at your finger tips!

Where are you going on your next trip?? Snap some pics of your prepped food, and tag @idealisticisabel on Instagram. We’d LOVE to see your best road trip tricks!

Did you find this article helpful? Are you ready to get into a body you really love? We have 5 nutrition spots open with Coach Rana and Coach Jess right now, and we want to hook you up. Click here to learn more about our nutrition program.

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