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Perfect padkos: What to pack for your next road trip

We’ve got the perfect padkos recipes for you and tips on how to save money when taking the long haul.

by: Robyn Brittow | 23 Oct 2018

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Road trips can often be costly, not only is the petrol price expensive, so is the food at service stations, restaurants and drive-thru’s. Try these recipes for the ultimate padkos food, it’s all neatly packed, no one argues about where he or she wants to eat and a bonus is that you can stop along the road and take in those scenic views.


Ensure you have enough ice packs and a proper cooler bag or box to store your food items. You don't want to use a bag of ice as this will melt and potentially leak. Pack everyone's food individually in containers and don't forget the wet wipes. Have a bag for all your disposable items that you can throw out in the bin at the nearest service station to avoid an overload of clutter in your car.

Coffee and drinks

Make your own flask of coffee or tea, this will save you plenty of cash. Freeze your water bottle half full with water the night before and top it up with fresh water the morning of your road trip. This way, you will have a supply of cold water for an hour or two.


It can be tempting to grab a packet of chips, a slab of chocolate or sweets at a petrol station when you're filling up. Instead of wasting unnecessary money, make your own snacks like vegetable chips or protein balls

Peanut butter and dark chocolate protein balls

protein peanut butter balls

Beetroot crisps

beetroot crisps

If you can't resist packing in something sweet we've got you covered.

Vegan no bake granola bars

vegan no bake granola bars

Our favourite blondies



You want to pack in meals that are nutritious and filling and will limit you to any feelings of sluggishness. Great ideas for wholesome foods to pack would be muffins, wraps and salads, packed in individual jars and wrappers that are ready to serve when you are.

Amasi and cheese scones

cheese and amasi scones

Blueberry muffins

the blueberry muffin

Mushroom and Cheddar corn wraps

mushroom, cheddar and corn wraps

Smoked chicken pasta salad with chipotle mayo

smoked chicken salad with chipotle mayo

What's your go-to travel food? Let us know in the comments!


10 Healthy hacks and tips for when you're travelling or at the airport

(image: iStock) Have along haul (or even just a domestic) flight to catch this month? Here's how to stay healthy while travelling. We know it's just so much easier to grab a muffin or packet of chips to get you through those airport hunger pangs but if you're really (like really really) wanting to stay healthy while you're on a layover, check out our tips and have them front of mind when you're far from home.

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