Thanksgiving Travel Tips: How to Take Food in the Car

Traveling home for Thanksgiving? Consider some of these tips for traveling with food. These Thanksgiving travel tips will help you keep your meals at the right temperature, as well as get them there in one piece.

According to USA Today, you should transfer hot items to glass containers, as these insulate better. Cold items can go into plastic Tupperware containers, and foods like bread, meatloaf, or sliced chicken should go into foil (not glass).

Next, wrap your containers in towels. Although this might seem strange, it will add an extra layer of insulation. This is an especially good idea if you plan on holding items, as heat is often lost through your hands. Towels are also great if there is an accidental spill, making for easy cleanup.

Consider investing in food storage bags. These include insulated storage bags (like what the pizza delivery driver has) for hot foods, a hard cooler with ice for cold foods, and a vacuum-sealed flask for soups and hot drinks.

Finally, if you’re traveling especially far, consider getting a portable warmer/cooler. These are a bit more expensive, but they can be used to keep food at the perfect temperature when travel, helping to ward off food-borne illnesses. Simply plug them into your car’s lighter, and switch to “cool” or “warm.”

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