When you plan for a road trip, there is absolutely one thing you must not forget. Travel Snacks!
I’ve found that road trip snacks can be a life saver when it comes to melt downs and hungry and tired kids, or adults for that matter.
The problem is that most of the typical snacks you find aren’t healthy. On top of that, while your family is traveling, you are probably eating fast food and that means french fries abound!
So let’s get into some healthy road trip snacks for your whole family that are kid friendly too!
Travel Snacks that are Non-refrigerated:
if you are going for a long car ride, taking a cooler may not be an option. That’s why I have divided these snacks up into ones that don’t need to be refrigerated vs. those that do. Also, these option are easy to buy from the store. You don’t have to spend a lot of time making them ahead of time.
- Apple Chips
- Dried Cranberries
- Teddy Grahams
- Beef Jerky Stick
For toddlers or young kids, you’ll want to get the soft sticks that are easy to chew.
- Goldfish Crackers
- Granola Bars
- Nutri-Grain Bars
These can get a bit messy, so if your kids are messy eaters, save these for later!
- Fig Newton Cookies
- Applesauce Pouches
- Dry Cereal
Cheerios are a great option. My kids especially like the honey nut flavor. (They are peanut free.) Just put portion them out into Ziploc snack bags, and you have an easy on-the-go snack!
- Pretzel Sticks
- Yogurt Covered Raisins or Craisins
These are my kids’ favorite and often come in individual packets which make them super convenient.
- Mini Rice Cakes
- Trail Mix
This is easy to put together on your own, or there are so many versions available at the store too. Aldi and Target seem to have the best selection. We have a nut allergy in our home, so I typically avoid the store bought trail mixes. If you want to make a homemade mix, just add some raisins, goldfish, and Cheerios.
- Breakfast Cookies
We like the Quaker brand, but Aldi also has some options that are inexpensive.
- Green Pea Snack Crisps
These are a nice alternative to chips or greasy veggie chips. But fair warning, they do lack flavor.
Travel Snacks that Need Refrigerated:
- Cheese Sticks, cubes, or slices
- Sliced mini cucumbers
- Baby Bell Cheese
- Apples slices
You can find these prepackaged usually in the produce section.
- Carrots and individual hummus packets
These are also in the produce section at most grocery stores.
- Yogurt pouches
Also, you’ll make your mom life much easier if you divide up snacks for each child into a gallon Ziploc bag. That way you can keep track of how many snacks are being eaten and they are easy to get to in the car!
And you can’t forget about drinks! We have found that the easiest and most healthy option is to bring bottled water and my kids’ own travel cups. I like to add a little water enhancer to their cups. The water enhancer has zero calories, but still tastes good. This is much healthier than the sugary drink pouches and soda.
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