Everyone loves road trips, and why not? The fulfillment of hitting the open road with family and friends and exploring new places along the way is simply magical. Still, as with any sort of travel, it’s important to pack accordingly. Along with the necessary clothes, toiletries, reading material and travel directions, make sure you also take along some good food.
There is nothing more comically traumatizing than being on the road for long hours at a time with a car full of hungry food monsters. Whether you are road tripping for two hours or for 12, the right snacks can make the difference between fond memories and boiling frustration.
Bring a balance of healthy, sweet and savory snacks that will please the whole family.
Here are 10 suggestions
- Veggie Chips
- String Cheese
- Trail Mix
- Fresh Fruit
- PB&J Wraps
- Cheese & Crackers:
- Vegetable Juice
- Water, Water, Water
Chips are the perfect snacking food, but most of the time they aren’t the healthiest option. With veggie chips, you get the best of both worlds—tasty and good for you. There are plenty of options available, or if you have dehydrator, you could easily create your own.
String cheese is not only portable and easy to eat, but also rich in calcium. Not to mention, kids and adults both love it. It’s also high in protein, which helps with focus and alertness—a driver’s best friend.
Ask your kids to help make their own unique trail mix for the trip: popcorn, shredded coconut, low-fat granola, whole-grain cereal, sunflower seeds, nuts, etc. By picking it out themselves, they’ll be more likely to eat it, which will make the allure of fast food less appealing.
Blueberries, sliced mango, strawberries, melon, blackberries—the list can go on and on. Aside from being downright delicious, fresh fruit is extremely refreshing and has just the right amount of sugar to help counterbalance hypoglycemic mood swings.
Sandwiches are quick and easy, while adding some good protein and hearty grains to your daily nutrition. Not to mention, peanut butter and jelly can be stored at room temperature for more convenience.
This classic combination contains protein and whole-grain carbs, which are great for keeping hunger at bay. Separate into single serving portions to make it easier to grab and go.
Sugar snap peas, carrots, sliced cucumbers and baby tomatoes makes a great off-the-cuff snack. They’re chock full of antioxidants and their high water content will help you stay hydrated. For extra points with the little ones, add some ranch dressing for dipping.
Getting your daily dose of veggies while road tripping can be a challenge. With V8 juice, for example, you’ll consume the equivalent of 3 servings of veggies. Each bottle is packed with vitamins A and C, heart-healthy potassium, and more.
The night before a long road trip, cook up some healthy handmade muffins for the trip … you won’t regret it! It’s a great tasting, filling option that both kids and adults will love.
Water is essential to any road trip. Before you leave home, fill up a few BPA-free bottles with some H20; then when it’s gone, simply refill the bottle when you make a pit stop.
So, wherever you are headed this year, don’t forget to pack some healthy snacks to take with you. As a tip, pack things that will work for any mealtime—breakfast, lunch and dinner.