Originally Posted by BluePlate
... I will be traveling by train and bus, leaving from Chicago. I've volunteered to bring food. Apart from snack munchies, are there any more substantial and/or healthy foods I can prepare that will be safe and tasty even with 6 hours or so with no refrigeration (and no heat?)
Can cold roasted potatoes survive?
What about BBQ pork buns and curry beef buns from Chinatown?
I like picnics but have never prepared food that must survive for so long before....
Are you planning on eating the food while in transit (within six hours), or when you arrive at your destination?
If it's the former, you could pack up any sandwiches of choice, i.e. sliced turkey, chicken breast, roast beef, ham & cheese. Omit anything soggy like tomatoes or lettuce, and mayo salads & put the sandwiches in ziplocks. Stay away from tuna. Use crusty bread or (onion) rolls.
I would forgo a cooler, ice etc. Fresh fruit is another option - oranges, apples etc. I'm a fan of cold pasta salad & cucumber salad (cucumbers, tomato, red onions, black olives, red wine vinegar), but you would need to pack enough for 5 in plastic containers & bring plastic forks and napkins.
If the food will be consumed after your arrival, you can pick up what you need when you arrive, then put it all together. I'm with Uncle Bob, bring cash just in case.