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10 Best and Easiest Sandwich Recipes to Pack for a Car Trip with Kids

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Long car trips with kids can be especially trying. Before you head out the door, you’ll have to make sure you’ve completed all your errands and have everything you need for the potentially stressful journey ahead. Thus, you’ll need to use all the available help you can get, such as laundry apps and route planners. And, of course, you’ve got to satisfy those little tummies the whole way through! This last bit, though, can be a tricky one. But, no worries! We’ve got you covered!  

Make your road trip more enjoyable for the entire family by preparing delightful and quick lunch sandwiches. With a little bit of creativity and planning, you’ll have mouthwatering meals ready to go in a jiffy. Here are 10 great sandwich recipes that are sure to make your next car ride a hit!

Top Ten Tasty and Easy-to-make Sandwiches  

1. Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato

The Classic BLT is a delicious and simple sandwich that never goes out of style. Start with two slices of toasted bread, then add crispy bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes. To finish it off, give it a nice dab of mayonnaise for a little extra flavor. 

How about making it even more fun? Give your BLT a fresh spin by adding avocado or cheese for another layer of delight. You can actually get really creative with your toppings. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the BLT sandwich.


2. Peanut Butter & Banana

Kids love this one! Spread creamy peanut butter on two halves of bread. Top it with sliced bananas, a drizzle of honey, and crushed peanuts for a playful crunch. You can even sprinkle some cinnamon powder for a spicy treat. This well-loved and easy-to-make sandwich will keep your kids fueled up and ready to go during the long drive ahead! 

For a healthier option, top whole wheat slices with mashed avocado and sprinkle them with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. 


3. Grilled Cheese

This perpetual favorite is definitely not just for kids. Indulge in a bit of childhood nostalgia with this grilled cheese sandwich. Begin by toasting up some buttery slices of white or wheat bread. Then, add your favorite cheesy goodness – from sharp cheddar to Swiss! Cook until golden brown. Lastly, don’t forget the oiled pan for perfectly crunchy results every time—yum! For a special touch, add some herbs and spices for a truly unique take on this classic.


4. Turkey & Cheese Wrap

Liven up car lunches with exquisite Turkey & Cheese Wraps! Choose your favorite tortilla wrap or flatbread, and stuff it full of deli turkey slices, shredded cheese blend, and leafy green lettuce. Top it off with ranch dressing for a surprisingly wonderful burst of flavor that’ll have everyone looking forward to meal times! Then dig in and enjoy the tasty ride. 


5. Ham & Swiss Melt

Take “road trip munching” to a whole new level with this tasty Ham & Swiss Melt! Start by stacking white or wheat bread, applewood smoked ham, and layers of ooey-gooey Swiss cheese. Then give it all a nice warm grill until everything magically melts together into one delicious sandwich!


6. Salami & Provolone Delight

Enjoy an irresistible Italian sandwich unlike any other – layer up some salami and provolone cheese between two slices of focaccia bread, then drizzle with savory Italian dressing for a taste sensation! Add fresh lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese to amp up the flavor. Serve alongside some crisp  pickles and a side of velvety coleslaw for a mouthwatering meal that will tantalize the taste buds of the whole family. 


7. Peanut Butter & Jelly

Ah, the timeless favorite. Spread some smiles (and jelly!) on thick slices of wheat bread. Next, slather on some creamy peanut butter. If you’re feeling adventurous, go ahead and add a dribble of honey. Pack your homemade sandwich with crunchy chips and a juicy apple for the ultimate midday treat. Deliciousness awaits! 


8. Egg Salad Sandwich

Everyone digs this eggy-celery combo! Mix mashed hard-boiled eggs and diced celery & onion. Then, lay it out over some lightly buttered white or wheat sourdough slices for a spectacular flavorfest. Add a pinch of garlic powder, a dash of salt and pepper, and your favorite shredded cheese for extra oomph. For the finale, layer with a generous dollop of mayonnaise, and you’ve got yourself a classic egg salad sandwich that will get the kiddies singing a happy tune!


9. Mediterranean Veggie Pita

How about a Mediterranean-style meal for your little ones’ discriminating palates?

Then, whip up a veggie pita that’s crackling with yummy and nutritious goodness! Begin by loading up pita pockets with feta cheese crumbles, black olives, tomatoes, and green peppers. Then add the special something—Greek yogurt tzatziki sauce for an exciting explosion of taste in every bite!


10. Reuben Sandwich

Get ready for a spectacular meal experience on the road! The Reuben Sandwich will tantalize your taste buds (and your kids’ too!) with its zesty flavors. Enjoy Russian dressing, melted Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut, all sandwiched between two slices of hearty rye bread. Then, toast it up in the oven or skillet until it turns into a golden  brown color. Perfection! 

Packing up

The next time you hit the road with the kids in tow, it’ll be easy peasy! With these 10 best sandwich recipes at your disposal, you’ll be able to pack tasteful lunches that will always make car rides—even long ones—inconceivably delectable! Happy traveling—and here’s wishing you great sandwiches along the way!

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