Road trips and airports are the only times that I splurge on junk food. If you are road trippin’ this summer, be sure to take advantage of the wondrous bounty to be found at gas stations in this great nation.
Be sure to check out the regional candy wherever you are. In Anytown, USA, Snickers are always my choice for a sweet, nutty snack.
Be sure to balance out candy with some salt. I personally love Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Cheez-Its. Try the unfamiliar munchies or that gum flavor you’ve never tasted–if you don’t like it, you’ll only be down a few dollars. Plus, it’ll be great fodder for car conversation.
For drinks try to stay away from sugary drinks that will make you crash and burn later while driving. Drink carbonated water or coconut juice as a substitute for sugary soda. If you are weary from hours of driving, try coffee, 5 Hour Energy, or unsweetened tea.
Again, like the candy, be sure to sample the regional specialties. In California don’t pass up stopping at In’N'Out, the superior west coast burger chain. Check out Whataburger or Chick-fil-a in the South, and Five Guys in New England.
After a few days and a few too many bags of Flamin’ Hots, your stomach may need a detox. Look out for local fresh fruit stands along the freeway. If you are at the gas station, opt for a bag of unsalted peanuts, pretzels, or baked chips.