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How to Travel without Spilling Your Thanksgiving Side Dishes


Heading off to spend the holiday with family and friends is a time-honored tradition–as is stuffing yourself with your favorite foods. Unfortunately, some food travels better than others. Whether you’re traveling across Red Bank for a Thanksgiving feast or crossing several states to meet your family for the holidays, you want to be sure you’re arriving with food still in its original container, not spread all over the car. Here are some surefire ways to make your Thanksgiving go off without a hitch.

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Tips for Traveling with Food

Traveling with cooked food presents a unique challenge. Even the nicest Tupperware tends to spill, leaving you with stains all over your floors and seats. These tips, however, can help you protect your vehicle and increase the odds that your food will arrive intact and ready to be gobbled up.

  • Instead of baking a single pie or cake, try baking mini versions in a cupcake pan. Then travel with your treats in a cupcake carrier, which will be less likely to tip, fall open, or get squished.
  • If you travel with food on a regular basis, consider purchasing a truck or van with a built-in cooler, such as the 2017 Nissan Titan. When equipped with the available TITAN® box, the Titan offers the extra space to keep hot food warm and cold food cool.
  • If you don’t have the option of a cooler in your car, use a travel cooler to hold food. A cooler is also designed to be water-tight, which means that it won’t dump sauces, soups, and gravies all over the interior of your vehicle.
  • Tuck old towels or blankets around your food inside the cooler or around your container if you’re trying to keep food warm. This will help prevent dishes from spilling. You can also use this trick to secure room-temperature dishes in the back of your vehicle.
  • Use the features that your vehicle has available. For example, the new Nissan Rogue has a Divide-N-Hide Cargo System that allows you to separate food items into different areas–or at least to keep them separate from your luggage (you don’t want your skivvies to smell like mashed potatoes).
  • Use cargo liners and mats, if possible, to help protect your vehicle’s carpet against spills. Even the best dish can leak occasionally, and you want to make sure that you’re prepared for the worst! If you live near Red Bank, NJ, contact our Nissan dealer near Middletown to order genuine Nissan accessories.

Traveling with Thanksgiving food is one of the most challenging parts of the holiday–but that doesn’t mean that it has to be a big-time headache. Plan ahead, and you’ll save yourself from the holiday stress.

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Nissan Rogue Divide-N-Hide Cargo System – Photo:

Other Things to Consider

Some dishes are simply easier to travel with–especially if you’ve got a long way to go. There are several things you should take into consideration before deciding what you’ll take with you to Thanksgiving dinner.

  • If you’re traveling close to home for Thanksgiving dinner, make sure you choose a dish that’s unlikely to spill in the car or can be held in your lap.
  • Heading further on your trip? Choose a food item that doesn’t have to be refrigerated or will fit in your cooler.
  • Consider whether your dish will need to be reheated when you reach your destination. Keep in mind that your host’s oven has likely been working at full capacity all day, so it may be busy right up until dinner time.


Find the Perfect Vehicle at Nissan World of Red Bank

Need a great car, truck, or SUV to help you get home for Turkey-day? Have we got a great holiday treat for you! Head over to our Red Bank Nissan dealership to discover amazing prices and lease offers on the newest Nissan models, and you’ll be one step closer to ensuring your fourth Thursday of November won’t be a dud. Contact us at (732) 704-7860 or visit Nissan World of Red Bank at 120 Newman Springs Rd to take a test drive in any of our new Nissan vehicles or used cars for sale.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal!


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