10 Perfect Foods for Snacking on Road Trips

10 Perfect Foods for Snacking on Road Trips

If there are two things I love in this world it would be road trips and snacking. When it’s time for us to head on a road trip I have to pack my favorite snacks. Of course, I can’t forget the kiddos favorite snacks either. Speaking of road trips, my family just got back from a big road trip last weekend (an 8 hour drive each way to and from Washington DC), so I spent a few days rounding up everything that we like to munch on before we left for our trip. I have found that the following ten foods (and beverages) are perfect for snacking on road trips. Your vehicle may not like you, but your family will love you.

1. Nuts – if you do not have any allergies in your family, then nuts make the perfect snack food for traveling. I like to make a variety trail mix for our road trips that often includes nuts.
2. Berries – I love junk food no doubt, but I’ve also found that berries tend to be a great snack for road trips. The more added sugar I eat while traveling, the worse I feel, which is why I choose to eat something healthy like berries.
3. Cereal – if you want something quick and easy for a road trip, then consider cereal. Cheerios, Trix, Berry Crunch, and all of those yummy cereals make a perfect crunchy snack for the road.
4. Veggies – I love taking veggies with us when we travel. I’ll buy a huge bag of carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower and make pre packaged veggie bags. We love ranch so I also buy those little ranch packs to bring with us to help make the veggies a little more flavorful.
5. Chex Mix – my family loves anything and everything crunchy. We take a couple of bags of chex mix with us when we travel. I actually prefer the cheddar kind, but there are a multitude of flavors to choose from.
6. Cheese – Isn’t this a brilliant snack to pack with you? I bring cut up pieces of chunk cheese with us plus string cheese. The kids and hubby like the variety in snacks and so does the woman of the house.
7. Dark chocolate – I know I told everyone to stay away from sugar while traveling, however, you have to treat yourself with some dark chocolate. I only allow myself one small serving per hour or else I would eat the whole bag.
8. Water – Some don’t consider water a road trip snack, but without it I couldn’t wash down all of the yummy snacks I’m eating on the road trip.
9. Dunkin Donuts Coffee – it never fails that every time I leave for a road trip (or just leave my house in general), I have to stop for my coffee from Dunkin Donuts. It totally makes any trip in the car worth it.
10. Crackers – One of the best snacky foods that are crunchy and perfect for any road trip is crackers! We always have crackers in our cabinet and it’s a great go to snack.

It’s important to snack while you’re on a road trip to help keep your stomach and the family happy. Packing a variety of snacks will help keep your mind off the long drive ahead.

What are some of your favorite road trip snacks?

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  1. Joanne T Ferguson

    What great snacking food for on the road! Reminds me of childhood food fun!

  2. toughcookiemommy

    Road trips are definitely so much fun, especially for kids. My boys absolutely love going on road trips.

  3. loisaltermark

    I can’t tell you how much I miss Dunkin’ Donuts now that we’re on the West Coast!

  4. Pam

    All this talk of Dunkin Donuts is making me crave some donuts! And one of their coffee drinks of course.

  5. Christy Maurer

    Road trip snacks are the best! We usually take trail mix, water, pop for the 17 year old lol, pretzels and even sandwiches.

  6. Holly @ Woman Tribune

    These are great ideas! I always have nuts and berries on-hand, being the snacker that I am. Dark chocolate is a great idea, and I find it particularly difficult to drive by a Dunkin Donuts without getting a coffee. It’s a weakness of mine for sure.

  7. alexisakamom0616

    I love cheerios to snack on. Almonds are my other go to! Great tips mama!

  8. Jeannette

    I’m gonna combine two and say nuts AND dark chocolate – in a trail mix type mixture. That’s my go to for when I travel or when I’m at home!

  9. Michelle F.

    Those are some great snack ideas. I always have nuts on hand for snacking.

  10. Jeanine

    Yes to all of this! Sounds great to me. Except nuts. Can they be chocolate Covered? Lol if so, then YES! I can’t take any trip without lots of snacks!

  11. Jaime N.

    Coffee is a MUST have. I would not survive roadtrips with my kids if it were not for large quantities of coffee!

  12. Krissy Higgins

    You’ve definitely nailed the perfect road trip snacks! I stock up because the kids always seem to get hungry in the car (there’s not much else to do I guess, lol)

  13. alissa

    Those are great snacking tips for in the car! I did a hodge podge when we went to Chicago a few years back. Then I put a clothes pin in the center of the baggie to make it look like a butterfly. The boys totally loved it.

  14. Michele

    Dunkin Donuts iced coffee or tea (the largest size they have)–and some kind of potato chips–of course candy bars always hit the spit and I need the sugar to stay awake while driving!

  15. Kisa Johnson

    I always need a LOT of water when I’m driving on road trips. Granted I’ve only ever done two, both to Seattle and back which is about 7ish hours from here. Long enough trip for me so far for sure! Lots of water and I agree with veggies! The cheese is a perfect idea considering how much everyone (aside from me) seems to love cheese here!

  16. Nicole M Williams

    It was just yesterday I was telling my husband the car need a real good cleaning, from all the snacks my daughter have thrown on the floor.

  17. jamie4flanary

    This list sounds perfect to me! I would stick to the nuts and veggies and yes Dunkin Donuts!

  18. JanetGoingCrazy

    I like to have trail mix when I travel because the crunch keeps me awake.

  19. asbestrecipes

    when roadtripping we always stop for coffee at Dunkin Donuts too =)

  20. [email protected]..andDadtoo

    Fruit, chex mix and granola bars are top on our list for car ride snacking. I also love some sweets so we always have gum and hard candies stashed in the car for a little treat.

  21. Heather

    I’m with ya on the Dunkin Donuts coffee and cheese! Love snacking! I have a snack jar of not so healthy things at my desk.

  22. toughcookiemommy

    We love taking road trips and have learned the importance of having snacks for the kids when we are on the road. These are some great ideas for packing snacks on-the-go.

  23. Jenn

    I love bringing nuts on road trips! I love honey roasted peanuts, hubby loves pistachios and my daughter loves sunflower seeds (do those count?). I also love dark chocolate..but I always love that, not just while traveling!

  24. Allison

    I love these ideas! I try my hardest to stick with nuts, but LOVE chex mix!

  25. Britney Thompson Mills

    This is awesome! It is always a good idea to have some good treats when traveling!

  26. Trisha Haas

    These are some really good snacks to ensure you take on a trip with you. I’m getting ready to go on a trip, and will definitely be adding some of these in my luggage.

  27. Esther of Local Adventurer

    I always bring 5 pounds of gummy bears.. haha we buy them in bulk on amazon and finish them on our trips.

  28. Carol Cassara (@ccassara)

    We have a two-day road trip this fall. Good advice.

  29. Micah David Bella

    There is one thing I like eating even if I am not on a road trip -Kirkland Mixed Trails. I love the mix of dried fruits and nuts.

  30. crystal

    A coffee run is always part of our road-trip routine. I add in the extra minutes in the drive thru as part of travel time.

  31. [email protected]

    Since my family loves bananas, I would bring bananas. Great on the go food.

  32. thelesleyshow

    I could do the donuts but the coffee would have to wait, I have to pee way too much on road trips as it is. I do enjoy their cup of Joe though very much, it’s a good brand. I always grab a lot of these items so we don’t have to stop for anything. It costs too much to stop all the time and grab a snack or meal here and there.

  33. carmyy

    chex mix all the way! I love having little things to snack on!

  34. @SensiblySara

    Those are all great suggestions – but my favorite road trip snack are Twizzlers! And sesame sticks.

  35. lisa @bitesforbabies

    This is a great life! I often bring homemade snacks on road trips or on long haul trips!

  36. Theresa

    My kids love all these ideas! Also, homemade trail mix. Paying $4 for a bag of it on the road doesn’t sit well with me, so we always make some to go.

  37. ishouldbemoppingthefloor

    #9–YES! I am the exact same way with my coffee!

  38. Rachel

    We do a lot of trail mix and cheese when traveling. And water. Lots and lots of water.

  39. tammileetips

    I have to have snack foods while we travel!! I love this list most of it is my favorites!

  40. Patty Leonard Woodland

    I love apple slices and cheddar cheese. A little sweet and a little creamy. One of my favorites.

  41. HopscotchNJellybeans

    These all sound like all great snack ideas!

  42. upliftingfam

    These are great choices. My mom used to pack pringles, beef jerky, sandwiches (for lunch stop), fruit roll ups, granola bars, and if we were lucky she had mms.

  43. Katherine

    Yes a car trip is nothing without Dunkin Donuts.

  44. αиgιє (@SimplySinova)

    Great list! I definitely agree that things like trail mix and great for road trips. Whenever I do road trips with my friends, we always pack a cooler with water and mini sandwiches <3

  45. Valerie Remy-Milora

    We love road trips and snacks! Nuts, dark chocolate, fruits, protein shakes, veggies, seaweed. ..

  46. M from The Stay-at-Home Life

    I’m big on water and gaterade for trips, along with granola bars.

  47. Reginia Cordell

    I love nuts and veggies when I get in travel, thank you for this, this could helpful.

  48. Rebecca Swenor

    These are all great snack foods for traveling indeed. I usually have crackers, chex mix, and nuts for snacks. Thanks so much for sharing.

  49. Penny Struebig

    Perfect timing for this post because we’re leaving on a road trip next week. Love the suggestions.

  50. mommiesquietplace: 22qmandy

    Tim hortons is my go to I had lived in this part of Michigan for years before they finally decided to put a Canadian donut shop near me. So I have two Tim hortons. I usually add granola bars and smoothies and gateraid.

  51. Raquel

    Strangely, everything you’ve listed here made it to my own favorite list. It also helps that all of them are healthy so I don’t have to feel guilty while eating.

  52. BeyondMommying

    Great list! Cereal is definitely my go-to snack for long road trips when I am driving! I find something with a little bit of sugar and a lot of protein works well for keeping we awake and alert plus the motion of grabbing keeps me alert and having to chew keeps me from eating too much too quickly.

  53. Dhemz

    these are perfect snack ideas….gotta love road trip snacks!

  54. Dawn

    I’m addicted to trail mix on trips. It’s sweet and salty and it’s decently healthy.

  55. Amanda

    I always worry about my boys choking on nuts or dried fruit while in the car so we tend to stick to other snacks that are easier to tackle. I need my iced coffee from DD, too!

  56. jehaine

    These are so much better than my daughter’s fave… point out the fast food joints & try to sucker mom into getting you fries. The kid is a junkie lately.

  57. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I love to take a homemade mixture of nuts, dried fruit, and dark chocolate. That’s my go-to snack for yumminess.

  58. Roz K. Walker

    Great list. My son is always hungry, so we always have to keep healthy snacks on hand when traveling.

  59. Shirgie Scf

    Chocolates, crackers, cheese and of course WATER!!! For the win!!!. But nuts? Seriously? Nuts on a road trip? I don’t feel good about it but maybe for some people, it’ll work.

  60. Dee

    Why do we always get super munchy on road trips? We take along many of these snacks too – and a cooler of water!

  61. Melissa Pezza

    For me, it’s a toss up between dried fruit and Check Mix. Sometimes I combine them. It’s delicious!

  62. becca

    For me it’s all about taking a box of Mike and Ikes. I always carry one with me on trips.

  63. Shabby Chic Boho (@terrishutterbug)

    I love all of your suggestions and have used some on road trips. I never thought about cheese but this is perfect. It’s not salty or sweet and from now on, I’ll take some along.

  64. Catherine S

    What a great list. Dunkin Donuts coffee and Chocolate is a must for me.

  65. Frugal and Fun mom

    I like to toss in dried cranberries, bananas, and granola bars in my purse. The kids love it and so do I.

  66. Ourfamilyworld (@OurFamilyWorld)

    Those are great suggestions. We always bring nuts and some carrots. Kids love them

  67. aimee (@HouseofFaucis)

    For road trip snacks we take all of our fruit and bring it and anything else that might start to expire.. such as yogurt and cheese sticks.

  68. Pam

    We always make sure to bring lots of water on long car rides. Getting dehydrated while driving or riding is miserable! As for snacks, we like nuts and cheese and crackers!

  69. Close To Home (@StayCloseToHome)

    Since we usually leave early in the am for long trips, a second stop at a coffee shop is a must for us

  70. loisaltermark

    These are all yummy, and I think the station wagon I drove when the kids were little still has them stuck in the seats and the mats!

  71. Kelly Hutchinson

    We always take some sort of trail mix, crackers and protein bars. The kids drink juice boxes and I take water and lots of coffee!

  72. Mama to 5 BLessings

    Great choices except for the chocolate – definitely not for the kids they are way to messy especially the littler ones.

  73. Helene Cohen Bludman

    I like all of your ideas. I would add grapes, since we always seem to have them with us when we’re on a long trip.

  74. Liz Mays

    If I have a cooler with me, veggies are awesome. Nuts seem to be great for when I don’t want to stop to eat too.

  75. Kiwi

    Chex Mix is definitely my go-to snack! Coffee is definitely something adults on road tips must have!

  76. Stephanie

    It’s not a road trip without the coffee! How else would you survive?!

  77. CanadianMomEh

    Great list! I agree that poor snack choices lead to feeling pretty gross while travelling. These are some great suggestions. I miss Dunkin Donuts coffee, we don’t get it in Montreal any more.

  78. Daisy

    Now you know how to snack! I’m all about the dark chocoalte.

  79. Marvelous Mommy

    We are going on a 7 hour road trip this weekend! Cheese and crackers sounds like a great idea!

  80. firststepstogreatstrides

    Yep those are good. I like to keep a cooler of smoothies too. Give a good shake and they are good to go!

  81. Fabgrandma

    I like to take boiled eggs and rolled up sandwich meats. It is almost like having a sandwich but you can eat it with your hands. It provides some protein to keep me alert, and helps me make it to dinner.

  82. censie

    Great tips. We will be going on a road trip this summer. Going to remember these suggestions.

  83. martinkadelux

    We always pack cheese sticks, apples, carrot and celery sticks, sliced cucumber, water bottles, almonds and sandwiches so we don’t have to buy anything but coffee… And you know we’re New Englanders, so we go to Dunks!

  84. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    I once saw a list that included a jar of peanut butter that was 80% empty. They put celery sticks into it and closed it. Then in the car you unscrew the top and use the celery to scoop out some peanut butter. We’ve done it twice and it works like a charm!

  85. Liz Mays

    Hey, that is actually a super idea. I’m going to remember that too!

  86. AJ @ Roaming Family

    I love those little to go packets of peanut butter or almond butter with some fruit!

  87. Tracie

    Great list. I love cheese. We always get Dunkin Donuts coffee when we go on a trip.

  88. Everything Home Life

    Aww great list! Wish I saw it yesterday! My husband just took off on a roadtrip and this wouldve been great for him! Thanks for sharing!

  89. Carol Bryant

    Thanks for the snack ideas. I have a big road trip this month to Nashville for the BlogPaws Conference and will keep note of these.

  90. SavvyMomNYC - Ker (@SavvyMomNYC)

    I need to pack some bags like this because too often we stop and get junk on the road.

  91. Danielle

    I always make sure to have some fruit snacks on hand anytime we go somewhere. My son loves them and it’s his go-to snack.

  92. Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas

    You’re not kidding about the DD coffee. A road trip isn’t a road trip without it!

  93. Mama to 5 BLessings

    I am all for the Dunkin Donuts iced coffee for hubby and I on road trips. Great way to stay awake for the late road trips.

  94. shaunatorres

    Now that is a great list of snacks. We go on road trips all the time, so this is really helpful

  95. Amanda McMahon

    I love chips but always end up with a super messy car!

  96. Gabriel

    Great list, I think the only things I’d add are Jerky and sunflower seeds in the shell. They aren’t as much for snacking but they are a great something to do to help keep the driver awake and alert.

  97. April G

    I agree with Gabriel. I love jerky and sunflower seeds. I also love roasted seaweed, a new favorite snack.

  98. Rorybore

    I am a big fan of the mini snack bag that has a variety of munchies: peanuts, cereal, yogurt raisins, pretzels, banana chips, goldfish crackers, fruit chews… you name it: I’ll toss it in there! And then I always have some fresh fruits and veggies too.

  99. rane25

    Nuts and Cereal is great .. Water is great for hydration .. but I would say in moderation just because it will make you go to the bathroom

  100. Vera Sweeney

    These are great snacks for road tripping!! I love to snack in the car and it seems to entertain the kids for a while.

  101. Debra

    I love bringing the kids those smartie suckers because they don’t get sticky!

  102. Elizabeth O.

    Nice! All those are on my list specially cheese I can munch on that forever!

  103. Krystal

    Berries are some of my favorite easy snacks and breakfasts! You can use them in yogurt too!

  104. HilLesha

    Wonderful list! I normally prefer trail mixes, while my children prefer cheese, crackers, or Doritos.

  105. Lois Jones

    We take a lot of the same snacks along with us too. Oh and coffee always comes along!

  106. Michele D

    Healthy snacks are important. Specially with road trips with my kids. They always want to eat. lol

  107. Kristi

    Will add your list to my “car kitchen” ideas. My Grandma and my sister have always been able to have huge meals on the road… I am still trying to master the “car kitchen” concept… snacks those I can handle okay but always nice to have new ideas.

  108. tammi

    Great ideas! I need to print these off, taking snacks keeps everyone happy!

  109. Garf

    Thank for these tips. My husband and I have a couple of couple trip in the next few weeks. I will keep these tips in mind.

  110. bonafidepimpface

    We make the 4-5hr drive from Las Vegas to Southern California at least four times per year so we are always looking for snack ideas. You definitely included some helpful suggestions!

  111. mommye

    Gotta have lots of snacks for long road trips! Thanks for the great ideas.

  112. Kristin Alessandrini Swenson

    Road tripping snacks are so crucial! We love yogurt raisins!

  113. Crystal

    Great ideas! With 3 kids, snacks on a road trip are a must.

  114. Amanda

    After reading this and a post about riding in an RV, I clearly need to plan a trip. Thanks for sharing!Amanda

  115. Emerald

    We’re planning on going on many trips this spring/summer, so thanks for the tips!

  116. Stacey- Travel Blogger

    Berries are always super tasty! Also, I love all the different versions they offer of Chex Mix now.

  117. way2goodlife

    So true on DD coffee. I can’t think of a better travel companion

  118. yumeating

    Cheese and nuts are my go to snacks. High in protein, low in sugar. That means lots of staying power and no crashing.

  119. toxict15

    I think that dark Chocolate is a grand idea!

  120. Angela

    This is a great list! I love to have snacks for on the go, they are perfect for long trips!!

  121. Lisa Rios

    I really like all these snacky ideas. Few of them are my favorite too. I used to have Nuts and Dark chocolates as road trip snacks, with my kids.

  122. Tiffany (@thedwellingtree)

    Great list! We love organic kids cereal bars, Clif Kids fruit ropes, Annie’s Gummies, and fruit!

  123. Emily Knight (@OurKnightLife)

    Berries, nuts, coffee, and veggies are my favs!! And larabars!

  124. Bonnie @ wemake7

    This is a great list of snack ideas. We always try to make sure we pack plenty of snacks because it saves on money too by not having to stop places to buy it.

  125. Travis

    I couldn’t survive without my coffee on road trips. Dunkin’ Donuts (like you), Krispy Kreme, and the occasional Starbucks are my favorites.

  126. Amber NElson

    These are great ideas! I am all about the coffee! Veggies too!

  127. maggiesblog2

    Of course coffee!! I also like the bags of granola and Cajun trail mix!

  128. Sharon Ulery Ruggieri

    I’m throwing beef jerky, licorice and yogurt covered raisins out there too!

  129. Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations

    Thanks for this, so helpful! We travel often and it’s nice to have new things to bring with us.

  130. Jocelyn McGaffic

    Love #9. It’s a necessity for me for even the shortest of road trips!

  131. Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations

    OMG, me too! I totally need it whenever I travel.

  132. Lynndee

    We usually have crackers and chocolates when we go on road trips. And of course water. Actually, I always have a bottle of water with me whenever I leave the house.

  133. Kecia

    We love making mixes for the road. That way we have lots of flavors and no one complains that they don’t want the snacks. We usually add chocolate chips, nuts, and dried fruits to ours.

  134. Janeane Davis

    As travel seadon gets under way, we need portable snacks. There are good ideas here.

  135. Letty C.

    This list is great. We do pack most of this when we go on the road.

  136. Alison

    Some cheese and crackers for a roadtrip would make it classy indeed! I think we are going to do this the next time we are out on a long drive! Thanks for the wonderful suggestions!!

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