Summertime is road trip season, and discovering places you never knew existed as you roar down a highway or cut through small towns never stops being fun. Part of the adventure in road trips is stopping at local restaurants to sample the wares, but if you’re on a budget, this may prove to be costly. And as you’re not really sure about how roadside eateries cook their food, it can be risky as well.

Bringing along food that you’ve prepared yourself is always a safer (and more cost-effective) bet, and you’ll have a veritable buffet of food you’re bound to enjoy on your trip.

Of course, your efforts will all be for naught if you don’t know how to pack food properly. You don’t want to end up with a stomachache from eating food that’s been steaming in the trunk for hours—it really puts a damper on your enjoyment of the trip. Here are some tips to keep in mind when bringing food along for your picnics or out-of-town trips.

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