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Friday, October 21, 2011

Road trip preparedness; FOOD

So far, the longest I have ever been stranded in traffic was seven hours.  Other travelers have run into situations much worse and spent a couple of days or more waiting for relief.  Traffic accidents, floods, blizzards, tornadoes, and earthquakes can flat out stop your world miles from home or help.

During emergencies, food provides comfort as well as sustenance.  Aside from the disaster-gear that never leaves our vehicle, for long road trips we carry enough food to last two people at least three days.  None of our provisions, other than the water, qualifies as health food but it is nutritious enough to keep us going.


Arthur B. Burnett said...

Greetings from Texas,
Here it was the folks leaving Houston and other costal cities durring the Hurricanes. We ended up with a 200 mile plus traffic jams. I tried to tell folks who were coming here to leave early, not wait for the weekend. They ended up not leaving at all.

Before long the solid line of cars was running out of fule because of having to idle when they were moving slowly. Soon all food and gas next to the road was striped. When the businesses closed their doors, no bathrooms.

Food, water, blankets are important. MP3 player, battery powered radio and lamp also come in handy. You don't want to kill the car's batterie listening to the radio.

For what it's worth, include a book or two, magazines and something to write with. Car fever is worst than cabin fever ever thought about.

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Good comments, Art. Thanks for the insight.

Wilson said...

I have many of the same items but also like Vienna sausages, high calorie and fat in a compact package. You'll need those calories to keep up your energy up and your brain working. They’re still relatively cheap too, less than .50 a can around here.

Helene Burnett said...

Excellent post.
Freeze dried veggies are pretty good eaten out of hand -- corn, peas and carrots.

Coffee cans/baggies for urgent personal needs when there's no plumbing might not be a bad inclusion either. Wet wipes for general tidying up.

In winter, don't forget your supplies for getting stuck in the snow. Been there, done that one.