What do you feed your kids in the car? In our car, with horribly carsick L, the answer is, normally, nothing. But sometimes that's just not an option. Even for us.
So how to manage?
Over to my guest, Jeremy Chapman, brought to you by Sainsbury's:
the right food for the different members of your family on a car journey is a
real challenge. But it is a challenge worth taking, because a few well-fed
tummies can mean smiling faces and contented passengers.
much food to pack?
one likes waste, but it is always a good idea to have more food than you should
need. Don’t go overboard on perishable goods. Instead, stock up on anything that
you can still use once you get to your destination.
sort of food should you bring?
is a good idea to avoid sweets, chocolates and fizzy drinks, as a car full of
excitable children is very distracting for the driver. A few sweet treats are
fine, of course, but try not to go overboard with the sugar.
to bring healthy snacks that will keep your children full and help to maintain
their normal, varied diet. Fruit is always a great option – you could take
bananas, grapes and apples, which tend not to make too much mess.
food that you can keep beyond your car journey, think dried fruit and cereal
bars. These are healthy snacks that children often enjoy. If they aren’t eaten,
you can easily put them back in the cupboard when you get home, ready for the
next car trip.
should you eat?
possible, it is a good idea to stop and get everyone out into the fresh air.
It’s worth having a look at your route before you set off to try to find
suitable places to stop on the way. Sometimes you can even find picnic areas at
you go off the beaten track you can often find even more interesting places to
stop. The Via Michelin site is an excellent tool
for this. You can map out a route and select the ‘green guide’, which will
point out interesting historical sites along your journey. The chances are you
will find a suitable place to have a picnic nearby.
you have to eat in the car, make sure you are organised with your food. A cool box
or two will keep everything fresh, and it also means that all the food is
stored in one place. Bring a few plastic bags with you for the rubbish – you
will be amazed how much can be generated in a few minutes when a family eats in
setting off on any journey it’s always worth asking yourself a few final
questions: have you packed everything you’ll need when you arrive at your
destination? Have you got enough activities to keep the kids entertained on the
road? Do you have the right car insurance policy in case something goes wrong? Answer yes to all
these questions, and you should be ready for anything.
Chapman writes for the Sainsbury’s Money Matters blog on all manner of subjects
from animal advice to car insurance. When he’s not working, you’ll probably
find him hunched over the wheel of a very muddy stock car!