Eating on the road is not always easy. The best part of my job is the fact that I get to see areas of the state I normally might not visit. That includes eateries, coffee shops and restaurants which all have an abundance of choices and selections for eating out.
I work in sales and have adjusted to not having a physical office everyday to go to and making the most out of my vehicle. The trunk is my mobile office holding much of my marketing materials and supplies. My front seat has accessible pens and pads as well as my work bag and iPad for writing notes. Having your car as your office certainly has its perks. No one is supervising you over your shoulder. You get to control your day and where you spend it and learn to miss all the high traffic areas during high traffic times!
I mostly bring my lunch with me each day as I find it saves times and I have better options for what I am eating when I am controlling it. Their are times that I have a coworker with me or I am training an employee and we eat out. I have found some great spots on my travels and now frequent them when I am in that town which is nice! You get to know the staff and owners of these businesses and I feel like I am supporting small business and treating myself to my favorite meals.
With that being said, it would be very easy to do this daily and I have to imagine some of my co-workers do! I can’t seem to want to spend 10-15 a day on lunch. That’s $50 a week and $200 a month eating out for only 1 meal a day. It adds up! So I bag it! Here are my 5 tips for eating on the road.
5 Tips for Eating on the Road
- Hydrate! I have a 32 ounce water bottle that comes with me for the day. I find if I have water, I will drink it!
2 .Be well-rounded! Pack easily accessible foods and a variety. Fruit, cut up veggies and Hummus( one of my favorites) , guacamole and chips, yogurt, nuts, dried fruit or hard-boiled eggs. A simple sandwich or salad can work to, but I opt for a “snack style” lunch to reduce the possibility of spills.
3. Pack utensils. Nothing is more annoying than having the yummy lunch you planned and nothing to eat it with! I pack a fork and spoon with napkins in my lunch bag and wash when I get home.
4. Bring antibacterial wipes. This will help when you do not have an accessible restroom around on the road but need to wash the hands before eating. I also keep them in the car for spills. Yes, they do wonders on your clothes when you are eating off your lap. 🙂
5. Treat Yo Self! Yes. You are allowed! I have 1 place on my travels I go weekly. It is my favorite place and has my favorite food and bonus for me, there is ample work space so I can have a working lunch but get out of the car. They also have a nice bathroom which every person in sales can appreciate!
There are much more than only 5 tips for eating on the road but these are just the top five that I utilize every day . If you are a road warrior, what are your tips of the trade?