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Spring Break Road Trip Safety
Whether you're heading to a campground or a resort for spring break, don't forget to pack nutritious snacks for the road and keep them safe with these easy tips:
- Pack easy-to-transport, shelf-stable foods. Good choices include cereal, trail mix, popcorn, single-serve applesauce, peanut butter sandwiches, fresh or canned fruit, carrots or celery.
- Wash hands with soap and water during food preparation, especially between tasks.
- If you don't have access to a restroom, pack moist towelettes or hand sanitizer.
- Have everyone in the family clean up before digging in.
Know Your Foods' Limits
- Don't let food sit unrefrigerated for more than two hours. (In temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, refrigerate food within one hour.)
- Pack food with plenty of ice or a frozen ice pack in an insulated lunch bag or cooler.
- Use a refrigerator thermometer to make sure the temperature stays below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Keep Coolers Cool
- As the weather starts to warm up this spring, place 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.
For more food safety information on keeping your family safe from food poisoning, visit www.homefoodsafety.org, and for healthy eating tips, visit the National Nutrition Month page.
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Reviewed January 2013