Road trip season is in full swing and driving hazards aren't the only safety issues for concern. Where ever you head this summer, don't forget to pack nutritious snacks and keep your back seat treats safe. Choose easy-to-transport, shelf-stable foods. Good choices include cereal, trail mix, popcorn, single-serve applesauce, cans of tuna, peanut butter sandwiches, fresh fruit, carrots or celery. Lunch box sizes of canned tuna can be added to fast food side salads for an economical meal that won't destroy your diet. Keep coolers and lunch bags in the back seat instead of the trunk. The environment tends to be cooler in the car, especially when the air conditioning is on. Use plenty of ice, and know the safe limits of food items. Don't let cold foods sit for more than an hour at temps. above 40 degrees. Don't keep leftovers for more than one to two hours, depending on out door temps.
Remember to wash hands often, especially when handling food, even with fast food and carry-out items. If you don't have access to soap and water, keep antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer on board.
Keep your summer safe and fun!