Intro: Unique Valentines Day gifts don't always come bundled up in fancy packages. Some couples head to bed and breakfasts or other Valentine's Day getaway spots. If you're taking a car ride to one of these romantic destinations, you'll want to do some road trip planning and bring along food for the road. Here are some special Valentine's Day ideas that you can implement that include road trip food lists and information about the best Valentine getaways anywhere. You'll also find some recipes and suggestions to take along if you're making homemade food gifts for Valentine's Day.
Road Trip Checklist: How to Pack Your Food for the Road & Other Road Trip Food Ideas
While many Valentine's Day packages include food, you'll want some for the road. As well, packing food for the road trip will cut down costs, allowing you to spend more money when you reach your romantic destination.
Here are some road trip food ideas:
- 8 Ways to Make Sure You Have the Tastiest Vacation Ever
- 10 Best Snacks for Road Trips
- Road Trip Food & Snacks
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Road Trip Checklist: Storing Food - Hot Food Items
Hot foods will stay hot if you use warm packs in your insulated coolers. To make sure that your food for the road trip stays warm, prepare it by wrapping it foil.
Protect the inside of the ice chest and add some extra insulation for your warm foods by lining the cooler with large dish towels. Stuff rolled up towels in between each portion of hot food that you have and don't allow the heat to escape from the towels. Separate hot and cold foods in different coolers.
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Road Trip Checklist: Storing Food - Cold Items
Keep cold drinks like sodas and bottled water in this cooler. If you freeze the water ahead of time, it'll add extra coldness to the food without needing extra ice packs.
If you're taking along perishables like fresh veggies and fruit, be sure that they are washed before you put them into the ice chest. Any preparation you can do ahead of time will save you trouble when you're driving to your Valentine's Day destination. Make sure your washed food is completely dry and housed in plastic containers or bags before you put it into the cooler. Avoid cutting the fruit. It'll turn brown.
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Food to Take on a Road Trip to a Romantic Destination: Homemade Food Gifts
While most of the food for the road will be of the practical kind, homemade food gifts make excellent and unique Valentine's Day gifts. Below, you'll find links to instructions for food gifts like long-stem chocolate roses made from kisses and Rolos, orange and chocolate chip scones, brownie pizzas and more. These foods were selected as part of your road trip planning guide for Valentine's Day, because they're easy to pack along and they taste delicious.
Homemade Food Gifts Ideas and Links:
- Chocolate covered pretzels recipe
- Conversation heart sugar cookies
- Cookie pizzas and brownie pizzas
- Personalized tea bags for V-Day
- Recipe for cookie pops
- Orange chocolate chip scones
- Chocolate long-stem roses
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Places to Stay for Valentine's Day: Romantic Destinations -- Packages for Around $200 (on Average)
No road trip checklist for Valentine's Day would be complete if you didn't know about the best weekend getaways for couples this Valentine's Day. If you're on a budget, you can find Valentine's packages on Amazon for $200 on average. Some cost more than that, but others are priced less.
The romantic destinations that you'll want to consider for your unique Valentine's Day gifts to one another include rustic and romantic destinations at state parks, two-night getaways in New England, casino resorts, skiing destinations, spots in Branson and more.
Check out this link to Amazon's Valentine's Day packages for places to stay on Valentine's Day. Scroll to the second-half of the page to see the information about romantic places to go for V-Day.
You can find travel guides to just about every destination imaginable and then some for your trip. A good guide book will make planning your road trip for Valentine's Day a lot easier and give you good ideas about places to visit, the types of restaurants and other information about local flavors.
Click here to go to Amazon to check out the guide books and mark this detail off your road trip checklist.