Not everything needs to in the cooler. Ketchup, mustard, and relish, for example, do not need to be kept cool. But, often end up in the cooler because it is convenient to keep them with the rest of the food.

Best Foods For Storing and Eating In Your Car


These first two items are the bulk of what I eat. You can carry any kind of nuts in your car and don’t have to worry about them going bad. They have protein, tons of fat. Overall are good for you.

Protein Bars

These are a staple for me. Now, most protein bars and loaded with sugar and are incredibly unhealthy for you. There’s one brand that I’ll buy and that’s it.

Quest bars. These are the only kind that doesn’t have tons of sugar. Many other brands claim they don’t have sugar, they’re lying. Look at the label and look at the sugars. Many of them will have “sugar alcohols” or some other strange term to try and hide the fact that it’s still sugar.

EDITORS NOTE: The cookies and cream ones are my favorites, you can get them here.


Sardines are great. They taste great. Last a long time. And are small and easy to pack and carry.

Citrus Fruits

These last four items can be kept in your car but not for very long.

Oranges and grapefruits can be kept in your car without worry for at least a couple of days.


You can have melons in your car. Like cantaloupe.


Bell and hot peppers can be safely kept in your car without refrigeration.


If you want to get a little fancy, you can cook rice in a thermos and then you’ll have rice for at least a few days.


Surviving living out of a vehicle isn’t easy. It’s stressful, embarrassing at times, and makes almost everything a little harder. Especially if you’re staying in a normal sized car and not in a luxury camper.

Buying foods that are able to be kept in your car easily without taking up much room will make it much easier in general.

What foods do you go for when you can’t refrigerate them?

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