We also packed the already mixed peanut butter and jelly. I bought several jars! We bought bread before we started, and then picked some up in different towns that we stopped in when we ran out. It turned out to be an easy way to get lunches for all of us. Was it as yummy as the food cooking on the train smelled? Absolutely NOT, but it did keep us all fed and happy. So, MOST days, our lunch, and sometimes our supper was PB & J sandwiches with some chips or popcorn (already popped variety). We also packed several bottles of water, but they did not last long. Everyone seemed to be thirsty all of the time! Most of our drinks were bought on the train after our supply of water ran out! I had also packed Hi-C boxes for the children...several packages of those...so they had something "fun" to drink as we traveled as well.
(This picture was taken in the "dining car." While you didn't HAVE to go there to eat (we had little pull down tables at our seats on the train), it was easier for us when we all wanted to eat together. It is a bit blurry, but you can see some of the snacks that the kids are enjoying!)
I have mentioned food on the train a couple of times, so I want to touch on that a little. They serve a nice breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day… They will announce what they are having quite a bit in advance, and then come around to ask who wants to eat and what time you want to eat. We never took advantage of this because it was just too expensive for a family of five! During one of our segments, though, we were given a complimentary meal due to the train being delayed by several hours. It was very good food! My children even ate more of theirs than I expected! So, I am sure that all of the food that they serve tastes great…but if you are traveling with your family, it will cost you quite a bit. However, there is a little “diner” downstairs. This area has some microwaveable foods…small pizzas, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, etc. We did try this out a few times. It was less expensive, and gave us a break from the PB&J that did become quite “boring” after a while.My next post in this series will go into other MUST HAVE things that we either packed and were very glad that we did, or wished that we had!