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Calling All Road-Trippers: You Only Need 1 Hand to Eat These 15 Meals

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Road trip food is a tricky beast for a few, chief reasons:

  1. You need your hands for other things, presumably driving or co-piloting.
  2. You can’t fill up on snacks, because what if you’re full by the time you get to the shack on the side of Route 1 with the sign that scrawls “County’s Best Blueberry Pie”?! That would be shameful.

Our solution to tackling this is to focus on the meals: Bring something that will grant you the power not to stop at the normal drive-through dinner options, but leave the periphery free and clear for snacks along the way (blueberry pie and Doritos both count).

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Here, then: Our favorite full meals you can eat with one hand and without utensils—for this summer’s last road trips and all of those thereafter:

The Sandwiches (duh):

Chickpea "Tuna" Salad

Chickpea "Tuna" Salad by Sarah Jampel

Balsamic-Roasted Eggplant and Arugula Sandwiches

Balsamic-Roasted Eggplant and Arugula Sandwiches by Alexandra Stafford

Bocadillo El Camino:  Spanish Omelet Sandwich To Go

Bocadillo El Camino: Spanish Omelet Sandwich To Go by vvvanessa

Waiting for Bonaparte Muffaletta (The Remix Edition)

Waiting for Bonaparte Muffaletta (The Remix Edition) by pierino

Viana La Place's Umbrian Black Olive Panino

Viana La Place's Umbrian Black Olive Panino by Genius Recipes

Balsamic Chicken Sandwich with Peach Jam and Brandied Onions

Balsamic Chicken Sandwich with Peach Jam and Brandied Onions by we eat. happy.

The Wraps Actually Worth Eating:

Fully Loaded Vegan Burritos

Fully Loaded Vegan Burritos by Gena Hamshaw

Vietnamese Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls (Gỏi Cuốn)

Vietnamese Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls (Gỏi Cuốn) by Betty

Salmon and Snow Pea Roti Wraps

Salmon and Snow Pea Roti Wraps by AntoniaJames

Chinese Tofu "Duck" and Plum Sauce Rolls

Chinese Tofu "Duck" and Plum Sauce Rolls by The Vegan Pea

The Wildcards:

Scrambled Egg Muffins

Scrambled Egg Muffins by savorthis

Tomato and Cream Cheese Turnovers

Tomato and Cream Cheese Turnovers by fiveandspice

Leek, Lemon, and Feta Quiche

Leek, Lemon, and Feta Quiche by Allison Cay Parker

Collards and Cheese Pasties

Collards and Cheese Pasties by hardlikearmour

Cuban Beef Empanadas
Cuban Beef Empanadas

Tell us what you pack on road trips—or your biggest travel-related food fiasco—in the comments.


Tags: road trip food, road trip, portable meals