View Full Version : Lunch suggestions for someone that works out of their car....

January 30th, 2017, 04:29 AM
My brother travels mostly in rural areas. He packs his lunches but is burned out on salads and sandwiches. I just saw a desktop Crockpot food warmer but it isn't meant to be used with a converter in the car. Any suggestions for him to have hot meals? What do truckers do?

January 30th, 2017, 06:42 AM
There are wide mouth thermoses that can hold anything from soup to spaghetti. I would check in to getting a couple of these.

January 30th, 2017, 07:47 AM
double post :0

January 30th, 2017, 07:53 AM
I once saw a show on a lady trucker that cooked out on the road. It was something to do about eating healthy. There are some appliances that might work.




January 30th, 2017, 08:34 AM
This is pretty niffy. It's like a hot lunch box.


Some videos


January 30th, 2017, 08:48 AM
This is the handiest little stove. We used this on our camping trip. If he was going to get something like this I would suggest this one.

https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.1000806624.html?eid=PS_GOOGLE_HD+%7C+PLAs_Shoppi ng+%7C+Outdoors_All+Outdoors&gclid=CJvwufjl6dECFR6ewAod3qkOrA

January 31st, 2017, 01:15 AM
We have a Ford C-Max Energi and it has an outlet in it. I joke that I could actually plug in my hairdryer and dry my hair while riding as a passenger in the car...lol

January 31st, 2017, 03:21 AM
I would look into camping and backpacking setups.

My son has done a lot of backpacking, and you can buy MREs (meals ready-to-eat) with heaters. You have 2 envelopes, one is the food and one is to heat water. You pour the water in the heater envelope and a chemical reaction heats it. You don't need propane, butane, or any other fuel. My son says it gets VERY hot. Once it's hot, you then pour the water into the food envelope and it heats and re-hydrates the MRE. I don't know that you HAVE to buy the MREs, maybe he could try taking stew, spaghetti, leftovers, etc. along and use the heater envelope to heat it up. They're sold separately.

January 31st, 2017, 03:23 AM
Our vehicles both have regular outlets in them. If he drives a newer vehicle, his may also. Mine is right behind the center console. I'd check with him first and go from there.

Iris Girl
January 31st, 2017, 07:25 AM
My husband is a truck driver. I pack his lunch every morning. He gets sandwiches , snacks and drinks. His hot meal is when he gets home at dinner time. IF he has time and money he will on a rare occasion stop and get a burger. In most cases there is not enough room for a big rig to park and not enough time to do so any way. He is on the clock and can not waste company time taking a 2 hour lunch and still have a job.

January 31st, 2017, 08:45 AM
Used to work night shifts when the cafeteria choices were poor indeed and as the only RN on duty I was unable to leave the unit. This vacuum bottle was great. It really does keep food hot or cold for a long time. Leftovers suddenly look very good.


January 31st, 2017, 09:03 AM
I still have my wide mouth thermos I used to take hot meals to work in. Inexpensive, and they work.

February 1st, 2017, 12:44 PM
I saw on the television Years ago that people would wrap meat and veggies in aluminum foil and put it on the engine compartment and when they drove it would get really hot and cook the food. Sort of like whenyou camp and put the foil packet in the coals.

February 2nd, 2017, 12:56 AM
I saw on the television Years ago that people would wrap meat and veggies in aluminum foil and put it on the engine compartment and when they drove it would get really hot and cook the food. Sort of like whenyou camp and put the foil packet in the coals.

Ha ha ha...mine would make my car smell like chili peppers or jalapeņos! That's funny. I don't like it when you can smell the exhaust of the car in front of you, but I'm thinking this might be a new game show..ha ha.

February 2nd, 2017, 03:28 AM
Hot Logic Mini is a foodwarmer that you can hook up to your car with an inverter. It is like a little oven that looks like an insulated lunch box. You can warm a purchased frozen meal, foil-wrapped food, or a Pyrex dish. One of the guys that dug a sewer line for me had a steaming hot lunch warmed in a Hot Logic. He did not need my microwave. First time I had ever heard of it. If I were to be away from home for lunches or go on a trip, I would definitely get one. More versatile than the mini crockpots. Available on Amazon, maybe Walmart, and direct from the company. US made, Michigan I think.