Monday, December 5, 2022


9 bad things to eat while traveling in your RV


Foods have a lot to do with how we feel, how we make decisions, and how we maintain our energy. All these things are important when you have 450 miles to go before you can park for the night.

At the first fuel fill-up of the day, you may be tempted to grab a bit of fast food, but that is the worst thing to eat if you need to make it to your destination and have enough energy to set up.

And if you are not traveling alone, the results can be quite unpleasant.

Here are nine things you might NOT want to eat while traveling:

  1. Pre-made sandwiches – Most times these are made early in the morning and can sit unrefrigerated for hours.
  2. Fast food – Eating a greasy hamburger might be okay if you are on your way home, but not if you have many more hours of driving, especially if places to stop are limited.
  3. Milkshakes – Most people are lactose intolerant, just at varying degrees. Milkshakes can help you determine to what degree you are affected and at the most inconvenient time. You don’t want to risk it!
  4. Candy – Sugary sweets contain FODMAP, which is a group of short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) thought to contribute to symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal disorders. Other foods to avoid in this category include barley, yogurt, apples, apricots, pears, and cauliflower.
  5. Salty chips – May cause bloating and swollen parts.
  6. Tomatoes – Yes, this includes pizza sauce. Tomatoes are very acidic and can cause an upset stomach.
  7. Citrus – If you don’t want to make a lot of stops, leave the lemon out of your water. It causes more frequent urination.
  8. Caffeine – Many people drink coffee to jump-start their system in the morning. It is a natural laxative. So, we probably don’t want to drink too much of it while traveling. Sorry about that.
  9. Eating out – Make smart choices. While your go-to is country fried steak, maybe a leaner option will serve you better. I find it helpful to know what each of my favorite restaurants offer that is good for me and it is something I like. It must be something I like to give up the gravy and mashed potatoes.

Here are some tips for eating healthier snacks on the road:

The best thing to do is to plan. Know that you are going to be hungry and having smart snacks on hand will make it easier to grab. But make sure you like the snacks, or they will go into the fridge and be lost forever.

  • For a little sugar buzz, how about dried or whole fruit instead of refined sugar?
  • Nuts are a great protein source to go with your dried fruit.
  • Nut butters also provide a balanced snack.
  • Replace sugary drinks with some decaf iced tea or water. Staying hydrated will make your brain happy. No need to worry about pulling over to use a dirty gas station restroom. All you need is a good place to pull over.
  • Tuna salad and crackers.
  • Hard-boiled eggs with a banana.
  • Veggies and hummus.

For those of you who are full-time RVers, you may have noticed what your body tells you when you eat certain things. The challenge is to stay strong when you smell fried chicken at the truck stop. I have faith in you! You will be happier setting up the drain hoses if you follow a healthy eating pattern while getting to the next stop.


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Admiral Acbon
11 months ago

TL;DR: “Avoid junk food, bring healthy snacks from home.”

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
11 months ago
Reply to  Admiral Acbon

TEHO. 😆 But I like your concise version, Admiral Acbon. Have a great 2022! –Diane

Tony V
11 months ago

Don’t eat popcorn if you expect to be in an enclosed vehicle for awhile… just sayin’

11 months ago

Not a fan of munching heavy type foods (gas station pizza) while scooting down the highway. I am a coffee, water person and whatever healthy lite snack the GPS arguing boss lady allows me to munch on person.

11 months ago

lemon may cause more frequent urination, but helps from getting a UTI. Frequent stops for bathroom breaks are better then trips to DR office.

11 months ago

It’s difficult to make sandwiches in the morning when you’re driving for 4 or 5 days straight. We always have ice water. A light snack and pot of tea keeps me alert and should I ever eat hardboiled eggs my navigator would bail on me (yeah, I know, TMI – too much information). You should be stopping every hour or two to check your rig, walk around and get the blood flowing again to all parts of your body,

11 months ago

That’s the beauty of having an on board bathroom. When the urge strikes to go, we go.

11 months ago

Coffee, every morning, no question, must have.

11 months ago

Buzz kill.

11 months ago

Not advisable to eat Taco Bell and drive
Just saying!

11 months ago
Reply to  David

Do it all the time on a trip. Never had a problem.

11 months ago

They mention not to trust pre-made sandwiches which I can agree with but they tell you to go with the tuna salad. LOL And talk about things that would make you have to stop at a bathroom then go ahead and eat a bunch of hard boiled eggs. LOL

Bob p
11 months ago

My beverage is ice water in my travel mug.

11 months ago

Good points!
I feel like the avoidance suggestion in #9 is just mean!😉 Sometimes you have to stop and eat the local cuisine when you are in the area. Most of us know our bodies and what we can and can’t eat while traveling and some have found out the hard way! Burgers are definitely a bad thing for road trips! Milkshakes are yummy but never a good idea when you can’t get to a bathroom for a while. Caffeine and water are interchangeable while we travel – stay hydrated and keep alert.

But ultimately we do limit some things while traveling though try telling my husband to skip the peanut M&Ms and you’ll have a battle!

11 months ago

Glad I’m not in the group where everything I eat causes some type of untoward gastric distress. I feel sorry for those who are.

Tommy Molnar
11 months ago
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