Packing for a road trip can be exhausting. There is that constant nagging in the back of your mind that you have forgotten something, the puzzle of piecing the luggage into the car and then ensuring you don’t pull off without your children. Without fail the minute your wheels touch the interstate someone is whining they are hungry or needs to go to the bathroom. Finding a healthy and nutritious snack option at the 7/11 can be a difficult task. One of the things that we often forget to pack when we hit the road is a bounty of snacks! Prevent hanger from attacking and put together a road trip snack basket to put hanger in its place. Here is a list of our favorite traveling snacks that you need to add to your cart.
Junkless Granola Bars
Granola bars are a staple in any road trip snack pack, but have you looked at the ingredients in your granola bar? One of the reasons we adore the Junkless Granola Bars is that we can read every single ingredient that is in it. No weird stuff that I can’t pronounce, just simple wholesome ingredients. Our favorites are the Cinnamon Roll and the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. These bars are easy to stuff into a purse, diaper bag or car console for a quick snack on the go.
This particular snack is great for when you have a rest stop during your travels. Feeding a child a fruit cup in the car will likely result in a delicious, sticky, juicy, mess. As much as I like to think I will take out my knife and cut up the fresh fruit that we bring, the reality is that I won’t. My toddler hates the peels of fruit and I often time need to cook them to make them softer for her. A built-in microwave and cutting board is not a luxury my Subaru has, therefore fruit cups to the rescue. We prefer the ones with no sugar added or in coconut water. Be sure to pack a spoon. Plastic spoons are easy to find at most gas stations and restaurants in the event it slips your mind.
Bananas and Cuties
Literally the golden children of fruit. The only fruit in my mind that travels well with a toddler. While all food inevitably ends up all over the car seat and in the car, the bananas and cuties you can portion out in small bites, feed it to them while driving and won’t need a knife to cut up. They also don’t need to go in a cooler and be kept right up in the front of the car for easy accessibility.
Each child is different and can handle certain fruit better than others. Peaches, grapes, blueberries, apples are all great traveling fruit. Don’t forget to pack a few pieces for yourself!
Let’s face it when traveling I need a little something sweet. Bark Thins are the ideal little chocolate bites I need to get me through the construction delays, aggressive drivers and overall stresses of being on the road with kids. With little pieces of almonds or pumpkin seeds, I deem this slightly healthier than a Kit-Kat Bar. This snack is for mommy only, and mommy doesn’t share. I will often transfer “mommy snacks” into a different, undesirable bag so little eyes have no idea what I’m noshing on. “No children, you don’t want these dried prunes….”
Traveling Snacks For Baby: Organic Gerber Lil Crunchies
Everyone gets a hankering for a little crunchy snack at times, which includes our toddlers. Our daughter has fallen in love and will demand “Crunchies”. There are many different flavors available. We enjoy the green can organic ones as they are made out of navy beans rather than corn. These are easy to pour into a portable snack cup and let them graze at their own pace. Naturally, I have tasted these and they are like Cheetos for babies.
The ultimate in travel snacking. Toddlers and kids love them and adults can eat a whole bag in one sitting. The beauty of goldfish is that they come in multiple flavors and types. Kids can have the multigrain cheddar while daddy slams X-Treme Pizza Fish! It is the perfect tiny food for little hands. Don’t be fooled though, you will find a whole sea of fish in your car when you arrive at your destination.
Everyone has their favorite salty snack and this is mine. Pack a salty snack that you would enjoy. I don’t feel as shameful after eating Veggie Straw then I do after I eat Cheetos. The cheesy fingers and remnants is a reminder of the devouring that happened hours earlier.
Nut Butter Pouches
Need a protein punch or something to hold little tummies for a more than a few minutes? Your favorite nut butter in squeezable form, no jar! It squeezes into little and big mouths with ease or on other snacks.
A friend of mine gave me a few different packs of these nuts mixes for a road trip and I have been addicted ever since. The flavor is outstanding and they are trail mix options as well. If you haven’t tried them yet, you are missing out. Grab a bag the next time you are in the snack aisle or just order them here!
Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers
These gluten-free crackers will change the way you snack forever. The seeds and crunch will leave you coming back for more. Check out the Protein Snack Crackers for those looking for something a little more substantial.
After you have bombarded the snack aisle and stocked up be sure to have a little basket or bag to keep them in for easy access on the road. If you don’t feel like bringing the entire box or package of a snack, consider using smaller plastic containers or Ziploc bags. That way you are only bringing what you need and it saves space. Assemble them in the basket and voila! Instant road trip snack pack!
Traveling Snacks Accompaniments
Don’t forget to bring hand sanitizer, napkins, baby wipes, a few Ziploc bags, plastic utensils and a grocery bag with you. The grocery bag acts as a wonderful trashcan. The best thing is a lot of these great traveling snacks and items can be found at Target!
Are you hitting the road with a baby in tow? Check out these tips to help make your journey go a little bit smoother.
We are always on the hunt for another great road trip snack! Share what your go-to travel snack is below in the comments!