Whether its just a weekend trip or a long vacation, a road trip is not complete with snacks to munch on. Long drives could make you cranky if you don’t eat in time (speaking by experience!). In the beginning, we used to only buy variety of chips in bulk and carry during our road trips. Most of the time we wouldn’t even like to eat them. And, of course they are not healthy. So, we started to look for items that are healthy, tasty, requires less preparation, easy to carry and dispose.
Here we have put together a list to give you some ideas.
What snacks to pack for a road trip?
Fresh veggies and fruits :
Wash the fruits and bag them separately. We prefer to carry apples, clementines, grapes, banana, blueberry, celery and baby carrots. No mess and no cutting required.
Nuts are packed with heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Seems that having a handful of nuts each day is healthy. You can buy any trail mix that you like and pack them as multiple small servings rather than as single big pack or box. We buy this prepackaged trail mix from Orchard valley. They have lots of varieties and each big packet has small individual serving packets that are proportioned perfectly and easy to carry.
Dates and Dry fruits:
Dates are perfect energy boosting snack with zero cholesterol and rich in vitamins, protein, fiber, calcium and iron. Dry fruits are healthy if you choose them wisely. Look for unsweetened dry fruits in your local store. Dry fruits are nothing but dehydrated fruits. So it has concentrated nutrients.
Fruit cups :
When we run out of fresh fruits or want quick fruit snack, fruit cups come at rescue. Make sure that the fruits are packed with water or fruit juice. Avoid that are packed with cocktail juice or syrup. They have high sugar content.
Yea! its baby food. But we like it. 🙂 Comes handy to boost little energy while driving for long time. Look for organic and no added sugars.
Chocolate or any sweet is not after all bad if you eat right amount. To satisfy our sweet tooth we always like to carry Kit kat, bourbon biscuits and waffers. Sometimes, during our trip we also do like to cheat on our healthy schedule and have a big cup of soda. After all, Life is to enjoy! 🙂 Sodas don’t help you hydrate though. Its just a fix for sugar crave and quick temporary boost.
Staying hydrated is very important during trips. Its easy to neglect having water as you don’t want to stop for using bathroom every hour or two. Also some scary panic questions pop in our mind like what if we don’t find a restroom in time? What if its not clean?. The easier option is to drink less water during trips. But its a BIG NO NO!. Constant hydration will help avoid travel headaches, tiredness, bad breathe and much more.
Highly recommended to carry lots of water. We typically carry a 5 gal can even for a small trip. Coco water and fruit juices in tetra packs are good options. If you are traveling through Asian countries, stop to have natural tender coconut, watermelon, sugar cane juice or any fresh fruit juice that are locally available.
Healthy Snack that needs cooler:
If you have room to carry a cooler, there are more snack choices such as hummus, cheese snack, yogurt, mochi, fresh juice boxes, almond milk and hard boiled eggs. You can store full boiled eggs(unpeeled) in cooler for upto one week. This is a very healthy snack that we highly recommend unless you are a vegetarian.
We love using this 12v cooler/warmer. This cooler also has an optional AC adapter. If you are staying in hotels, you can plug in your room for continuous cooling. No need to find ice machine every time for refills.
Don’t forget to pack wet wipes, kitchen tissues, Ziploc, disposable plates, forks, spoons and garbage bags. Remember to clean up any spills inside the vehicle right away!
If you have any other healthy snack ideas, then please do comment below.
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