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Feeding Kids On The Road - Article

Travel Food

Adults can go without a meal or prolong their "feeding times," but hungry kids don't make good travel companions! When they want to eat, they want to eat. With a little planning and smart packing, you can keep blood sugar levels on an even keel without breaking the bank. Here are some helpful ideas for feeding your kids from baby to teenager on the road.

MEALS ON WHEELS

A well-packed cooler and picnic basket or box of miscellaneous non-perishable food items in the car will go a long way toward making sure everyone is well-fed on your road trip. Fixings for peanut butter or cheese sandwiches, snack foods and fresh fruit should be stowed in a spot that's easily accessible to an adult or older child. Be sure to give your kids lots of their favorite foods when traveling. Familiar food can help them to feel more at ease on a long trip by giving them a sense of home and stability. Use an empty cardboard six-pack carton to organize your utensils, napkins and condiments. Pack snacks individually in small plastic resealable bags to save time and avoid the dilemma some children feel when presented with too many choices.

Disposable items such as paper plates, bowls, cups, forks, spoons, and wipes can be real time savers. To minimize waste, however, these items can be reused if you take the time to wash them out at rest areas or in your hotel room before the next leg of the trip. Fill up your reused drink containers with water and ice for the day or bring along a camping canteen. Collapsible drinking cups are handy and don't take up much space.

Find a nice place to stop and have a picnic! Rest areas often have picnic areas, or if you are in the vicinity of a national or state park, take the time to search out a picnic area for a nice break. A relaxed picnic in a national park can become a fond family memory of your trip. Bring along a Frisbee to burn off some built-up energy and stretch your travel-weary limbs.

Make water your beverage of choice in the car--kids won't drink more than they need (another way to cut down on potty stops), it's not sticky when it gets spilled and doesn't usually stain. Boxed drinks with straws will make a toddler happy, although you will probably have to set limits on these, or they'll drink one after another. Investing in the 'non-squeezable' plastic holders for individual-sized box drinks is a wise thing to do. When you put a box drink into the hand of a child without using a plastic holder, invariably, they will squeeze the box and erupt in tears as their juice squirts all over the place!

Avoid hard items that are difficult to chew and swallow, such as carrots and ice cubes. Also avoid salty foods and soft drinks to cut down on potty stops. Foods high in sugar, chocolate, or caffeine can create pandemonium when everyone is confined to a small space for a long period of time. Sticking to healthy foods is the best bet for a peaceful journey--everyone will feel better for it at the end of a long day of traveling!

BREAKFAST IN BED

Our one indispensable traveling item is a small plasticized duffel bag with a zipper top, which we fill up with dishes, utensils and menu basics. In it we have an aluminum bowl which doubles as a wash pan, salad bowl and more; a small plug-in electric tea kettle, which changes to an international convertible plug-in warmer for travel abroad; a plastic bowl and silverware for each family member; a good-quality folding kitchen knife; a peeler; a Swiss Army knife with corkscrew and can opener. In the end pocket of the duffel, we carry a handful of bags of sugar; a tiny salt and pepper; condiments in packets from the fast food spots; bouillon cubes; tea bags; and packets of hot chocolate.

With this bag we are equipped for breakfast every day in the comfort of our own room. We usually start the trip with a package of granola, and a packet of Milkman dry milk. To this we add local fruit and breads, and fresh milk. Kuchen, croissants, empanadas dulce, whatever local goodies we can find, as well as jams and jellies and cheese. We find these informal family breakfasts not only economical, but fun and a great time saver. With small children, it's much less hassle than corralling everybody into a restaurant.

On a three-month trip to Europe, we saved a small fortune in money and calories by having an expanded salad dinner in our room every other night. We also had fun shopping at the local green grocers for the ingredients and trying new foods. We supplemented the salad with fresh bread, cheeses and cold cuts, often buying enough to pack a picnic lunch for the next day.

AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION

When traveling in developing countries, a little extra attention to sanitary eating can pay off big in avoiding intestinal problems. Be sure to buy "long-life" or canned milk. Buy refrigerated milk only if it's pasteurized and sold in sealed containers. Be sure to peel all fruit. Eat food that's only been freshly prepared and is served steaming hot. Don't be shy to ask to go into the kitchen and select your dinner by viewing the contents of assorted pots, and pointing to the pots you want. Always wash your hands, and your little one's before eating. And although I don't normally recommend soft drinks, Coca Cola is a well-known folk cure for stomach ailments and is bottled under strict sanitary conditions worldwide.

BABY FOOD

Babies are the easiest to feed on long trips, and breastfeeding is the most natural way to go. If you've been considering weaning your baby, put it off until after your trip--think of all the bags and bottles and containers you won't have to tote around! Just keep in mind that the same rules for taking care of yourself apply on the road as they do at home. Drink plenty of fluids, eat enough food to satisfy the required calorie intake, and above all, eat healthy food to keep your energy level up.

Nursing etiquette is becoming more and more relaxed, and you needn't skulk away to a dirty public restroom when it's feeding time for baby. However, if you find you are uncomfortable nursing in public for any reason, try to find a private place for yourself and your baby. The baby will pick up on the tension if you aren't comfortable and won't nurse as well. Try to nurse in places which aren't too chaotic or loud, as this also disturbs baby.

When nursing in public, drape a shawl or blanket over the baby's head, wear special nursing tops with concealed openings, or loose tops that can be lifted up from the waist. If you wear a button-down top, unbutton it from the bottom up. Wear a normal stretch bra for nursing enroute, which is much easier to deal with than unhooking a nursing bra. If your baby is still in a front-pack carrier, learn how to nurse him in the carrier.

If your baby is bottle-fed, take along plenty of sterilized water, powdered formula (pre-measured in zip-lock baggies or sterilized bottles), a wide-mouth thermos with hot water for warm ups and clean ups, and a bottle sterilizer. You may also be able to find a bottle warmer that plugs into the cigarette lighter in your car.

We always travel, until our baby is a year-and-a-half old, with a box of instant baby cereal, which can be converted with purified water and turned into an acceptable meal with the addition of peeled fresh fruit, anywhere, anytime. Instant baby cereal can also be pre-mixed with powdered formula or dry milk and measured into little serving containers or plastic zip-lock baggies for an instant meal (just mix with warm water). Children's catalogues and specialty shops carry a selection of feeding dishes, cups, and utensils for kids on the road. The Infafeeder is a useful device that allows you to feed cereal or other mushy foods with the ease of using a baby bottle, and it can be purchased in general merchandise stores.

Don't forget to bring a baby food grinder! Your baby can share appropriate food from your plate in restaurants or at someone else's home. Never serve strained foods or milk as leftovers from previous meals. Warm or room temperature food is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria.

TODDLER TUMMIES

For toddlers, finger foods are a great way to keep their tummies happy. Toddlers function best when they can snack frequently throughout the day. If you are the parent of a toddler, you know they don't always eat when it's time for the big meals. Kids will eat when they are hungry -- don't fret if your 3-year-old refuses to eat when you stop in a restaurant. Keep them supplied with a variety of healthy snacking foods and drinks throughout the day, and they will be just fine.

Good on-the-road toddler snacks include cheese chunks and string cheese, bananas, fruit, crackers, bagels or bagel sticks, pretzels (unsalted) and dry cereals (low or no sugar). A can of squirt cheese and crackers is an easy snack to prepare on-the-go.

EATING OUT

A family trip is probably not the best time to try out that famous gourmet restaurant everyone has been telling you about. If you must hit a swanky spot, call first to see if they have any children's items on the menu.

When eating in a restaurant, think about phoning your order in ahead of time, or ordering takeout. If the kids have spent the whole day sitting in the car, they're probably not going to be particularly receptive to sitting in a restaurant for another hour.

Lanier Family Travel wishes you happy, healthy, and enjoyable eating experiences in your travels!

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