Retro roadside diners may be part of the fun of road trips, and fast food is certainly convenient.
With a little planning, though, you can stock a cooler or tote bag with delicious snacks that are easy to eat on-the-go—not to mention healthier and cheaper than burgers and fries. Here are a few road trip-friendly snack ideas to get you started, plus some hints on how to pack them.
Road Trip Snacks:
- Fruits & Veggies: Choose ones that travel well (apples, carrots) and prep items that would be hard for a driver to eat one-handed (peel oranges and chop carrot sticks).
- Dried foods: Anything in the dehydrated category (dried fruits or jerky) is ideal for road trips, with less mess and longer shelf stability.
- Nuts: Protein will make you feel full longer. Bring your favorite mixed nut or trail mix or choose peanut butter pretzels for a protein boost.
- Eggs: Hard-boiled eggs are another excellent protein source. Peel them in advance if you’re solo.
- Wraps: Put sandwich fixings into a tortilla or pita wrapped in foil for easier on-the-go eating.
- Beverages: Make sure you’ve got plenty of water and a selection of other favorite drinks.
- Keep refrigerated items in a cooler within arm’s reach.
- If you’re traveling solo, put snacks in containers that fit into your car’s cup holder so it’s easy to eat one-handed.
- Put dips like ranch or hummus in small containers that can be resealed easily.
- To save space, freeze a couple of bottles of water in advance and use them in your cooler to keep snacks chilled. When you’re ready to drink the water, it’ll likely be starting to defrost a bit.
- Make sure you’ve got a trash/recycling bin handy at all times to keep your car from turning into a garbage dump—and pack a roll of paper towels and some wet wipes to clean up messes. Use a plastic cereal container for pop-top easy trash stashing.