As I mentioned in my recent post about how to pack your car for a road trip, food is a big part of any successful road trip. I have some favorite road trip snacks that I try to always pack, so I wanted to share them with you. Trust me, having good and plentiful snacks will go a long way towards keeping your kiddos (and trip) happy. These snacks actually work well for other types of family travel, not just road trips.
Dry Cereal: If you’re cereal eaters, just opening your pantry can give you a multitude of options. Multi Grain Cheerios are one of our favorites because they have just a touch of sweetness. They’re nut-free too! We also love Lucky Charms and Life.
Fruit: My favorites are the mini apples you can buy in a bag (love the Trader Joes ones) and the little mandarin oranges. Just remember if you’re driving across the border (Canada at least) you might not be able to bring across produce.
Veggies: Pack some baby carrots and sugar snap peapods for great snacks that are healthy and fairly mess-free.
Fruit Leathers: We get these normally at Trader Joes, but Costco has this Stretch Island Fruit Leather pack. We call them fruit leather, but others might call them fruit strips??
Crackers/Pretzels: Put some cheez-its, triscuits, wheat thins, or pretzels in single serve containers or baggies. You could keep the whole box in the back of the car and refill each kid’s stash at different stops. Just know they’re salty, so your kids might get thirsty.
Pirate’s Booty: This stuff is so good and SO addictive! They have different flavors but our favorite is the Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar.
Popcorn: You can pop some in advance, or buy the prepackaged ones (like this Angie’s Kettle Corn Sweet and Salty).
Fruit Snacks: the single serve packages are easy to grab and pack. They also come in a lot of fun themes and shapes which make them fun for your kids.
Granola Bars: I normally limit these, so they’re special treats.
Pringles: No clue why, but any mention of roadtrip snacks must include a couple of tubes of Pringles.
Animal Crackers: Can’t say much about these, they’re a nice “cookie” and don’t make a huge mess. Of course, homemade cookies would be really great too!
Applesauce: We love the GoGo Squeez Applesauce because it’s easy to eat in the car and there are a lot of fun flavors.
Candy: We have very limited candy eating at home, so it’s a special roadtrip snack for us. Twizzlers and M&Ms are favorites.
Sunflower Seeds: We have a kiddo with a nut allergy, so sunflower seeds are a great “nut-like” road trip snack.
Beef Jerky: My husband actually loves this stuff, and the rest of us enjoy a piece or two. Seems to feel a little more “filling” than some of the other stuff. We also love to get the small pepperoni sticks from the grocery store, which seem a bit tastier than beef jerky (to me at least!).
Water Flavor: Each girl has their own reusable drink bottle with a straw so we can control the water intake, and we can add some of the flavor mix to the water. Another treat, and keeps the cost of gas station beverages down. And, lots of these snacks are salty, so you need to be prepared with water…just not too much water (unless you want to stop every thirty minutes). Our favorite is the Mio Lemonade Water Enhancer.
Did I miss any? Do you have a favorite road trip snack? Please share your own ideas! And if you’re looking for more snack ideas, check out this list of airplane snacks for kids.