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Easy to make, no ice required road trip meals that go beyond sandwiches.
I love to travel, and a quality road trip is a must. But I like things to be easy peasy, so today I am going to share how you can pick up everything you need for no-refrigeration-required meals on the road at Walmart, while getting your oil changed and offering your car amazing protection, all while saving yourself time and money.
Sound too good to be true? It’s not…
Before any road trip I get my oil changed. I mean, that is just a standard safety precaution. We recently went on our annual January “seek-some-sunshine” road trip, and before leaving I discovered an amazing secret. And I am going to share it with you—You can get your oil changed at Walmart!
Okay, so not really a secret, especially since I already told you in this post, but did you realize you can drop your car off, then go into the store and shop, and they can call you, or page you over their intercom system when your car is ready? Ah-mazing! Honestly…game changer for me. Especailly come road trip time.
How many of you have tried to keep four little kids entertained the one of those oil change places lobbies? Pure torture I tell you! And not a great way to start a happy family road trip. So while I do not love dragging my kids around the store, I do love checking multiple things off my “To-do” list in one stop and making my life easier! Especially right before a road trip. Before our January road trip I was able to get everything I needed for my “no refrigeration meals” while my oil was getting changed.
I took my high mileage van in and got an oil change with Pennzoil high mileage oil which helps to clean out sludge, and reduce leaks and oil consumption in late model vehicles with over 75,000 miles, to help keep the engines running clean and going strong for a long time. No other oil provides better protection from friction. While the Automotive Care Center took care of my car, I was able to take care of all the shopping for our trip. Easy Peasy.
I never realized how convenient and what a cost savings having my oil changed at Walmart could be. First, less stops means I spend less. Second, Walmart has competitive oil change prices. Third, Pennzoil offers protection that allows for an extra 550 miles per year of driving plus protection for older mileage vehicles like mine, to keep them running longer. And then when you throw in the low prices found at Walmart on the food items I bought, let’s just say we can afford to take more road trips!
This past summer I took my kids on an extended road trip that covered several states and lots of stops. Including Mount Rushmore, which I had never visited before, so it was a huge highlight for me! Anyway, it was a pretty great trip. Well, until I got hit, and my van was totaled, but that is another story for another time. Today I want to share something I learned on that trip: I hate stopping for ice. Hate it.
Road trips can be so fun and educational, and a great way to travel. But worrying about your cold cuts not staying cold is a massive headache. And so I thought I would share a few fun recipes and ideas for road trip meals that do not require refrigeration, and aren’t limited to just a sandwich. That way you can go on multiple leg road trips, and save money by bringing along food!
NO-REFRIGERATION MEAL IDEAS
- Granola bars or oatmeal bars
- Cereal with soy/almond milk: Soy and nut milks come in small boxes that do not have to be refrigerated until after they are opened.
- Bananas, peanut butter, granola- Dip the banana, or spread on bread, or eat like a cereal.
- Apples and peanut butter, fruit leather
- Bagels and canned salmon fillets
- Wraps- Pickled veggies, canned meats wrapped in tortillas
- Sandwiches: PB&J, Honey, Nut Butters, Jellies (okay I had to throw this in because it is a good option)
- Chicken salad on crackers- Canned chicken with mayo, salt, pepper, some avocado, dried cranberries, served with crackers!
- Tuna salad on crackers or in pitas- Tuna, relish, mayo, salt, and pepper.
- Avocado stuffed with chicken, beans, and corn (canned)
- Tacos- Canned meats, canned salsa, taco shells or tortillas
- Chicken and Pickled Veggies in Pitas
- Shredded BBQ Chicken Nachos- Chips, canned chicken, BBQ sauce, and Easy Melt Cheese
- Tortilla Pizzas- tortillas, mini pepperoni, sauce, parmesan, Velveeta Toppers Mid Queso Blanco Cheese
If you go to the Deli area in Walmart you can get small portion sizes of BBQ sauce, mayo, mustard, ketchup, etc. which means you use it all in one serving, and don’t have to refrigerate.
This is a favorite of ours on the raod. It tastes fresh, has tons of protein and healthy fats, and is so quick to make, so even if you just pull over to the side of the road you can whip it up!
No Ice Road Trip Meals
- 1 avocado
- 1- 5- oz can Chunk light tuna
- 1-2 tsps mayo
- 1/2 Tbs relish
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Crunchy asian noodles
- Cut avocado in half, remove pit
- Open and drain tuna
- In a small bowl mix tuna, mayo, relish, salt and pepper together
- Scoop a little of the avocado out to make a larger bowl (eat it or mix it into tuna salad)
- Scoop a spoonful of the tuna salad mixture into the avocado and garnish with salsa, cilantro, or anything else if desired.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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