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Easy-To-Grab Snack Ideas for Road Trips

An RV makes its way along a mountainside road.

This week’s blog post is written by Explorer Family and Mom of two, @becca_outdoors. Becca is exploring across British Columbia with her 2-year-old son and newest addition, a beautiful baby girl. From hiking, to camping and backpacking — they are experiencing all that nature has to offer. Becca is a nutritionist and has written this piece on easy-to-grab snack ideas for road trips. Do you have any road trips are coming up? Are you always wandering what snacks are easy-to-grab? Keeping kids happy on road trips can ultimately come down to hungry vs full bellies! Becca has shared tips to help you pick out easy-to-grab snacks for your upcoming summer road trip. We hope you find these snack ideas helpful!


Road Trip Snack Ideas for Kids

A young girl goes shopping for road trip snacks.

It’s no secret that our family loves road trips. We’ve been hitting the road with our son since he was a newborn (he’s now 2) and don’t have any plans to slow down anytime soon. 

Long road trips with a toddler means lots of snacks! As a Dietitian, mom, and outdoor enthusiast I look for snacks that are: nutritious, easy to grab, and something my child will actually eat. When picking a nutritious snack, I look for foods that have little to no added sugar (think fruit, grains, and vegetables) and pair it with a protein or fat (nuts, seeds, dairy, or meat,) to keep my toddler and myself feeling full. Pack foods your child has eaten before, a road trip isn’t a great time to introduce new foods. And don’t forget to pack water! 

Easy-To-Grab Snacks

A mom and her young child enjoy car snacks in the back of a car.

  1. Fresh or freeze dried fruit (bananas, strawberries, or apples are the least messy) 

  2. Veggies (baby carrots, peppers, peas, cucumbers) + hummus 

  3. Cheese + crackers 

  4. Peanut butter sandwiches 

  5. Unsweetened applesauce 

  6. Trail mix 

  7. Greek yogurt 

  8. Dry cereal or granola* Keep reusable utensils and napkins in the car just in case your snacks requires them. 

Short on time?

Pre-packaged boxes of fresh fruit.

Consider buying prepackaged snacks from the store.

  1. Vegetable/fruit tray 

  2. Peanut butter and cracker packs 

  3. Pepperoni and cheese sticks 

  4. Drinkable yogurts/yogurt tubes 

  5. Squeeze pouches

  6. Granola bars

  7. Beef jerky 

Lastly, nervous about the mess of food on road trips? My advice is to look for day use areas for lunch rather than eating in your car, and pack an extra set of clothes/wipes.


Thank-you for taking the time to read this week’s blog post about 'Easy-To-Grab Snack Ideas for Road Trips', written by @becca_outdoors. Stay tuned for an additional blog post coming this week!

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