Just Add Water: Road Trip Meal Idea

In July, Jonboy and I traveled in, out and through nine states during a two-week roadtrip. Sitting in a car for hours at a time is a great way to see new places, but it’s not exactly the most physically challenging activity. Therefore, eating burgers and mcmuffins for every meal on the road probably isn’t the best idea. It’s also expensive!

One beautiful morning in Sedona, hungry and on a time crunch, we went back and forth about what to eat for breakfast. There were some backpacking meal options packed in our camping gear, but we didn’t want to take the time to stop off and boil water on the side of the road. So we headed for the store wondering what we could get that was healthy, quick and not going to cost $7.

And then a lightbulb went on. Hot water! All we needed to cook our backpacking food was hot water, so why not just stop off at the nearest Starbucks for free hot water? And that’s exactly what we did. There in the parking lot, we dumped some oatmeal in a cup, added some steaming water and hit the road. Breakfast was delish.

Since then, we decided the next time we go on any road trip long enough to require a road meal, we will prepare a backpacking feast that only requires hot water. Most gas stations will let you fill up a cup for free. And with a cooler in your car, you can easily add perishable ingredients like cheese, fruits and veggies. Plus, you don’t have to carry any of this on your back so you can think up creative and colorful meals without worrying about weight.

Here’s one idea for a roadtrip breakfast:

Road Trip Breakfast by Journeyfoot

What do you normally eat on road trips? Please share your ideas and tips!


  • What an ingenious creativity nutritiously inexpensive idea. Thank you for the great idea! Now, for those who despise and loath oatmeal due to it texture of mush, and nastiness of zero flavor, what would one do with the said hot water? ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • Haha well I would say try cream of wheat or cream of rice, both very tasty. Although you might come across the same mush experience and I have a hunch you just won’t like those either. You’re too picky!! ๐Ÿ˜‰


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