If you take a lot of family road trips, there will be times when you and your brood must consume food in the car. And all of those times, you can expect a disaster. Take away food is the worst. The paper bags are usually dripping with grease, the cups have faulty lids and nothing is arranged in proper eating order. Rogue chips will inevitably get stuck in the backseat crevices, and it’s just a matter of time before you hear the words, “Rowan spilled his milkshake everywhere!”
This is an area where a little prep can go a long way. To improve the experience of on-the-road munching, bring along a storage caddy for each passenger. These small containers can hold all of your meal’s components — from the drink to the main dish to the requisite wad of napkins — so you don’t have to balance them on your lap. The caddy in the photo above is an old classroom supply organiser, but dollar-store shower caddies work great as well.
Now you and your family members can scarf down onion rings without digging your hands into the bottom of a greasy paper bag and burning yourself on hot hamburger foil-wrap along the way. Feels better, doesn’t it? Here’s one more road trip packing tip: Ditch the suitcases for laundry baskets.