7 Items That Make Transporting Food for the Holidays Much Easier

Get ready to hit the road!

If you're traveling to celebrate the holidays with friends or loved ones this year, chances are you're not showing up empty-handed. Whether you plan on packing the car with some of your legendary cranberry sauce or intend to brave public transportation with a batch of homemade cupcakes, getting food from point A to point B, especially during the busy holiday season, can be really tricky.

While you probably have plenty of plastic or glass food storage containers to pack your holiday dishes in, you shouldn't have to dig into your own stash, especially since there's a high probability that your aunt or old college pal won't remember to give your containers back.

Plus, as reliable as basic food storage containers are, they don't do much in the way of keeping your food at an ideal temperature. Instead, you basically toss your dishes in a container and hope for the best. Though that's not a big deal if you're only traveling a short distance, those heading farther away need to make sure their food (especially dishes made with meat or dairy) stays safe.

Luckily, there are tons of products designed to transport specific foods that are worth investing in. In charge of bringing the sweet potato casserole to Thanksgiving this year? Load up an insulated casserole carrier that will keep your dish warm for several hours. Bringing pecan pie to your office holiday party? Invest in a durable pie carrier that ensures your dessert won't get squished en route.

Keep reading for a list of must-have items that will make transporting food this holiday season (and beyond!) much easier.

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A Portable Wheeled Camping Cooler

A cooler on wheels

Yes this cooler is designed for long camping trips, but it also works great if you're transporting an array of holiday dishes. Each cooler has two all-terrain tires and is capable of keeping food fresh for several hours. Inside, there's a deep freeze removable dry bin with two separate compartments—perfect for storing canned or bottled drinks, dips, fresh fruits and vegetables, side dishes, and more.

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A Double Decker Insulated Casserole Carrier

A gray double-decker casserole carrier

If you're looking for the Cadillac of casserole carriers, this is it. It keeps food hot or cold for hours thanks to an interior lining that's made of food-grade aluminum foil, can hold up to two casseroles at once, and features a water-resistant and dirt-proof exterior. This carrier also has two handles with padded velcro, which makes it really easy to grip and hold.

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A Foil Pan Carrier

A purple foil pan carrier on a counter

Foil pans are a great, inexpensive way to transport everything from mashed potatoes to a batch of cookies or brownies, but they're not known for being very durable. However, if you place your foil pan in this carrier, it's instantly protected and looks much nicer than before. This carrier includes a removable riser so shallow pans won't move around too much, and also boasts a protective lid. When you're ready to serve your food, just remove the lid and tuck it under the carrier. And when it's time to leave, you can simply remove the foil pan from the carrier without leaving any of your possessions behind.

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A Cupcake Carrier

A cupcake carrier with a handle and two levels

Cupcakes, especially elaborately decorated and frosted ones, almost never make it to a final destination intact. However, this durable carrier with two tiers keeps each cupcake (and any accompanying frosting) firmly in place thanks to individual recesses. This carrier also boasts a lid and a handle, and each tray can be turned upside down to a flat side if you need to transport other baked goods.

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A Pie Carrier

A round pie carrier with a handle

It's no secret that Americans love holiday pies, so why not purchase a pie carrier to ensure your baked goods still look picture-perfect when you arrive at your holiday party? This carrier, which fits a standard 10-inch pie, sports an easily removable top that won't mess up your dessert, and has a handle that's easy to grab.

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An Egg Carrier

An egg carrier with two levels

Eggs, deviled or otherwise, are one of the most fragile foods to transport, but they're also one of the most popular. Not only does this carrier hold up to 24 eggs across two layers, but it has an individual spot for each one and features two sturdy handles. Pro tip: You can also use this carrier to easily transport bite-sized appetizers, such as mini-quiches or mac and cheese bites.

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An Appetizer Server on Ice

An appetizer server filled with vegetables and dip

If you're traveling with fresh cut fruit or vegetables and want to keep them cool, consider this server on ice. The top half features multiple compartments for crudités and dip, while the bottom half has space for ice so everything above it stays cold. There's also a removable lid that will keep everything in place.

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