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How far can you travel down the road before the kids ask, “do you have anything to eat?” I know when my kids were younger, it wasn’t very far. Fortunately, over the years, I’ve learned to grab a selection of road trip snacks to munch on between stops and between meals. These 12 snacks your kids will actually crave, are easy to shop for, easy to pack, and even healthy.
Cookies & Crackers
Yes, that’s right, you read cookies. However, these cookies by Emmy’s Organics are seriously my new favorite. First off they are organic, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO. They are considered a super-food, but taste delicious, like one of those homemade energy bites (except you don’t have to make these!) Certain varieties are Paleo-friendly or Grain Free. The cookies are soft and chewy, yet hold together well and wouldn’t make a lot of crumbs. This is definitely a treat you can feel good about giving your kids. And because they hold up well in their package, you can see bringing these on the road, on a flight or out for a hike.
Order the Variety Pack here. My daughter called them “circles of joy!”
For cracker style foods, consider these.
Fruit is always a good go-to for road trip snacks. These are not too messy and don’t create a lot of waste.
- Grapes – get smaller grapes for young children to avoid choking.
- Pre-Cut Apple Slices
Notice I kept juicier fruits off this list. No need for sticky clean up after.
More fruit ideas include things like dried fruit, smash packs and chocolate covered fruit. Look up these items:
- SmashPack Real Fruit Smoothie Squeeze Packs
- Bare Naturals Dried Fruit
- Stoneridge Orchards Chocolate covered fruit
I included links to Amazon, but many of these can be found at your local grocery store as well.
Veggies are also an easy to pack road trip snack, especially if you buy the pre-cut versions at the grocery store.
- Snack Peppers or pre-sliced peppers
- Carrot Sticks
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Cucumber slices
Do your kids crave something salty? Don’t go for the messy, less than healthy chips. Try these:
- Lightly Salted or Unsalted Mixed Nuts
Eggs and Dairy
Get your daily dose of protein with these healthy, easy road trip snacks
- String Cheese
- Hard Boiled Eggs – you can buy preboiled eggs at the store. No need to do it yourself.
What does your family eat on road trips?
Want more healthy eating on the road? Be sure to read How to Eat Healthy on a Road Trip.
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Tonya Denmark is a busy mom of two children. She loves planning travel, road trips, 80’s movies, and coffee. She’s been detail obsessed for as long as she can remember and brings her best finds and travel advice to the Detail Oriented Traveler.