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ncqtime Mon 20-Jul-20 08:58:04

If we want to stay out past her dinner time (home for 4.30 to cook, dinner at 5), what can I keep in the car to feed her? We wouldn't be near shops.
Nothing too messy, nothing too perishable.
She's not fussy.

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Seeline Mon 20-Jul-20 08:59:53

Instead of her dinner, or just a snack to keep her going until you get home?

LoisLittsLover Mon 20-Jul-20 09:02:33

I don't think that you can replace a whole meal with stuff you can keep in a car because it won't be that nutritious. I'd just take some fruit out with me that day and give her a snack to keep going until I got home to give her a meal, even if it's quick and easy like scrambled egg or soup

BikeRunSki Mon 20-Jul-20 09:03:26

Could you not just take out a sandwhich for her?

I used to keep rice cakes and raisins in the car for emergencies, but round take a proper pack up for the children if we thought we’d be late.

jomaIone Mon 20-Jul-20 09:03:58

I wouldn't be keeping food in the car, the temperature is so unstable. I always have snacks in the changing bag and if I plan on not being home for tea then I'll have made a sandwich, or pasta pasta salad for her. Its not really safe for them to eat in the car seat IMO, especially not while you're driving and no supervision. Although saying that, I do give her a bag of wotsits to keep her going occasionally.

ncqtime Mon 20-Jul-20 09:34:22

Yeah instead of her dinner. Something I can keep for emergencies so I don't have to leave where I am. Was thinking noodles maybe as I can get boiling water but not feeling too inspired this morning!

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FizzingWhizzbee123 Mon 20-Jul-20 18:42:47

We just have a small stash of dry foods in the glove box like plain biscuits (rich tea etc), cereal bars, breadsticks, that sort of thing, for emergencies.

FizzingWhizzbee123 Mon 20-Jul-20 18:43:53

These are snacks to get us home, not meal substitutes.

Iggly Mon 20-Jul-20 18:44:14

You mean to always keep?
I wouldn’t to be honest - just pack extra on a day you think you’re out late.

EssentialHummus Mon 20-Jul-20 18:46:44

How old? My nearly three year old likes apples (bonus points for taking an age to eat), rice cakes or (supervised) popcorn. But none of these replace meals. Just like instant food for adults, the sort of things you’re likely to find won’t be brilliant nutritionally.

EssentialHummus Mon 20-Jul-20 18:47:25

I’d just make a sandwich that morning if anything, to replace a meal.

NameChange30 Mon 20-Jul-20 18:48:12

Weird idea.

When we go out with DS (3) we always take his bag with snacks (and a few other bits, spare pants and trousers, etc). Some will be dry snacks like rice cakes or Pom bears (why do kids love Pom bears so much?!), oat bars, raisins. But we usually put something fresh in like cucumber sticks and fruit.

Tbh though we wouldn't replace a meal with snacks, we would either feed him while out, or if we knew that was unlikely to be possible, we'd make him a sandwich to take with us.

SqidgeBum Mon 20-Jul-20 18:49:04

Personally I would just keep snacks in the car to tide her over untim I could get her home and then she can have a leftover dinner from tube freezer (I always have maybe 3 in there). If i thought there was a chance i was going to be out all day and may not be home for dinner I plan ahead and bring a dinner in a tub with me, even if it's just a cold pasta dish. If I am in someones house I will just use their microwave. The sort of thing you would be able to keep in a car wouldnt really replace a dinner.

ncqtime Tue 21-Jul-20 08:05:16

@FizzingWhizzbee123 bread sticks yes! And seriously a dinner of bread sticks, raisins and er a tin of mackerel or something like that once in a blue moon isn't going to make them unhealthy. Better they eat at the meal time and get to sleep on time imo.
Well done all you who never ever forget to plan and are never ever spontaneous ha

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NameChange30 Tue 21-Jul-20 08:09:23

It's not easy to be spontaneous with kids but it is possible to do it sometimes without leaving food in the car indefinitely 🙄

thethoughtfox Tue 21-Jul-20 08:33:36

You can buy packs from Tesco with 6 small individual packs of breadsticks.

WaxOnFeckOff Tue 21-Jul-20 09:07:45

Cereal and a carton of uht milk. Mine liked the strawberry soya milk and cheerios smile

We had the floor storage pods in our scenic, each one was stuffed with a spare set of clothes, a couple of small toys, a towel, bottle of water, some non perishable snacks, when babies, a presterilised bottle and carton of baby milk, after that any long life milk and some bags of cereal. It didn't take up any room in the car and just got checked and updated at the same time as doing car checks such as tyres, water etc.

Made it easier to be spontaneous smile if out on a longish drive, we could stop and let them have a paddle in the river or something.

DH is a hillwalker so I suppose just used to having an extra set of everything for himself for an emergency.

Iggly Tue 21-Jul-20 09:33:22

Well done all you who never ever forget to plan and are never ever spontaneous ha

I always had snacks with me when the kids were toddlers🤷🏻‍♀️ Always.

NameChange30 Tue 21-Jul-20 09:39:30

I don't get it, it's rare that we'd go somewhere with no food available (if visiting someone they would offer food, and if out and about it's likely we could buy something) and if we did - such as trips out during lockdown when nothing was open - we'd take our own food.

I'd rather keep the snacks in DS's bag where they are regularly eaten and replaced than leaving them in the car where they will be subject to hot/cold and could be there for ages before being used.

DwellInPossibility Tue 21-Jul-20 09:54:08

If a microwave is available I just used to carry a potato around (swapped out weekly).

Catapultme Tue 21-Jul-20 10:07:02

small tin of beans or spaghetti hoops to be eaten cold?

TimeWastingButFun Tue 21-Jul-20 10:16:47

If we went out with them and thought it might be longer than planned, I used to take a bento box with snacks - breadsticks, cheese cubes, frube, apple slices, grapes etc. With a freezer pack into keep it cool.

Caspianberg Tue 21-Jul-20 10:25:59

I don't understand this

You either know your will be out longer so can plan to take a packed dinner or snacks in advance, or get something out at friends, family, shops, cafe etc

Or, its such a last minute thing, and you are in the middle of nowhere, miles and miles from civilisation, that you can just give a car snack like some breadsticks/granola bar, let her nap in car and feed actual food when home or back near somewhere.

HathorX Tue 21-Jul-20 10:38:58

How about:
- packet of pitta bread (lasts a while but keep an eye on date)
- can of tuna with a ring pull
-can of sweetcorn with a ring pull
- sachets of mayonnaise (you can buy them online)
- plastic Tupperware to mix the tuna mayo in
- tin of pineapple or tin of peaches for pudding

TigerQuoll Tue 21-Jul-20 11:18:50

If you're in the car anyway and it isn't a regular thing why not do a drive through McDonald's and get a six pack of nuggets?

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