Quick And Healthy Road Trip Snacks For Kids And Adults
In the earlier post of this series, I shared how to make your own storage bin out of a diaper box to store whatever you need in your car! Now, I will show you how I stored snacks in the storage bin between the car seats in the back seat.
- In the next post in this series, I will show you how to make easy and cheap DIY activities to keep the kids entertained during a long road trip!
Now onto the snacks!
I focused on snacks that were quick to pack in and they needed to be healthy. Along the way, we could grab unhealthy snacks if needed. However, I didn’t want the kids to stuff themselves with snacks readily accessible in the car that would make them irritable.
The road trip needs to start off great with the kids in a stable mood and have happy stomachs!
What quick and healthy snacks did I bring on our road trip?
- Cubed raw cheese
- Sprouted pretzels
- White cheddar bunnies
- Body Armor drinks
- Protein bars
- Sunflower seeds
- Sliced apples
- A case of water bottles
I saved some of the baby puffs containers and removed the plastic wrap on the containers. Then, I reused the empty baby puffs containers to hold cheerios and white cheddar bunnies.
Try to avoid taking along junk food. They might hurt your stomach, not energize you and make you irritable. Junk food makes my family feel like that so I packed healthy snacks/drinks for us all. If needed, you could grab unhealthy snacks on the way like at the gas stations or such.
I bought two Munchkin snack catchers so Ocean, 12 months old at the time, could snack on his own during the road trip.
I normally would’ve handed over a piece of snack from the passenger seat but it wouldn’t be ideal on a long road trip like this one. My arms would be super sore. Hence the reason why I got two snack catchers. However, he figured out how to open the container shortly after we started the road trip. He made a MESS but he was entertained for about an hour! That is like forever in a toddler’s time! At the next stop, I cleaned his car seat up easily. Thank goodness there was a beach towel covering the back seat, so I can just shake the towel off at the end of our trip.
I would recommend those snack catchers to use at home though! Both kids love to use those for their snacks and it helps to reduce the messes caused by Ocean.
We packed in Publix subs for the adults (Mr. Tropical and I) to eat overnight to stay alert while the kids slept. You don’t have to do Publix subs but I’d recommend the cold food. We also did multiple stops for actual meals. We could have packed in sandwiches and such for meals. However, we’ve planned and budgeted for eating out on our vacation. If you want to save money on food, then please pack in meals that don’t need to be heated. Bring a cooler to keep your meals cold.
How I’ve stored snacks and drinks in the car:
I put the baby puffs containers (with cheerios and white cheddar bunnies in those), a food container (cubed raw cheese, sprouted pretzels, sliced apples, and sunflower seeds) and the snack catchers in the bottom part of the storage bin I’ve converted from a diaper box. Then, I stored the pouches, body armor drinks, and protein bars in a canvas tote and placed it underneath my passenger seat. Whenever the kids need a snack, I can easily grab something for them.
On the way back home, we had some snacks left. We bought several more snacks (mostly junky snacks and candy) that the kids wanted so they’d be happy on the way back home.
What other moms had to say about food and snacks for a road trip with kids:
“Pack snacks that you don’t normally offer at home. Have a grab bag of goodies to dole out, and always bring an audible book to share.” – Deborah
“Snacks, snacks, snacks, snacks, snacks, and snacks. Oh, and don’t step on the DVD player. ” – Becca
“Drive as much as possible during nap time. Make sure you have lots of snacks. Buy a few cheap toys/activities for the kids to do and give them one every few hours. Always always always have something to throw up in. If you’ve got one with diapers, have about twice as many diapers as you think you’ll need. If you need tips for pumping breast milk while on a road trip, I’m totally your girl!” – Mama (Rachelle)
If you’re the only adult road tripping with kids: “if your little ones are under school age or otherwise need constant tending, consider bringing all your food with you, instead of planning to buy stuff on the road. Remember, there won’t be anyone else to stay at the table with them while you’re over on the other side of the food court, waiting in line at the fast-food counter behind a busload of people. Moreover, juggling multiple little ones plus diaper bags is already hard enough, without adding a tray or two into the mix.” – Flossie
“Pack lots of snacks but DON’t roll them all out at once.
We keep everything in a cooler in the middle of the minivan so that the kids can grab their own.
I usually pack healthy snacks in the small, square plastic containers with a lid to keep messes to a minimum. Each kid has their own! 😃 Raisins, or sliced apples, or cheese.
We use a lunch stop as an excuse to stretch and get a break.
Prepare water bottles half filled with ice for each kid and place in their cup holders. Make sure to fill them up again when you stop a bathroom break!
Then for the last leg, we give out brownies I make the day before, chips or cookies. Stop for a special treat on very long rides! The kids will love having an ice cream cone or hot chocolate to get them through the next leg of the trip.” – Tamara
What is your favorite traveling snack?
Mine has to be the protein bars!
Road trip with kids series:
- How to Best Prepare For A Road Trip With Kids
- How To Conquer Packing For A Road Trip With Kids
- DIY Convert Diaper Box To Storage Bin For Traveling In Car With Kids
- Quick And Healthy Road Trip Snacks For Kids And Adults
- Easy And Cheap DIY Car Trip Activities For Kids
- The Best Fun Road Trip Toys And Activities For Happy Kids
- Family Road Trip Checklist To Make Your Trip Enjoyable