I'm gearing up for my second week-long roadtrip into the mountains, and I'll be going without a cooler! Yes, it's true. I'm a no muss, no fuss kind of traveler, and I don't like to waste time or get dragged down by hassle. So, I thought I'd share my tips and even my entire list of provisions for this trip with y'all.
Alright, onto FOOD. The first thing I'll say is that it's super easy to find and buy food that doesn't require refrigeration. It's everywhere. It's now become the standard American fare. Unfortunately, nearly all of it is loaded to the gills with sugar and salt. This is NOT the good-in-good-out fare you should be putting into your body when traveling, hiking, and camping. So it's important to shop smart!
I take my cue from backpacking. Lightweight, healthy, easy to prepare meals and equipment. I used my REI member dividend to buy a MSR Pocket Rocket backpacking stove this year, and it's been one of the best purchases of my life. It folds down into a travel container the size of a sunglasses case and is ridiculously simple to use. You simply purchase a fuel canister ($5 at Walmart) and screw it on top. Open the valve slightly, light with a match, and boom - you've got heat!