INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to the Best Healthy Road Trip Snacks.
Take a look at our complete list of healthy road trip snacks for kids and family.
These are the best road trip snacks that won’t break the bank, but will save you LOTS of money on the road.
- 1 THE BEST COOLER BAGS FOR ROAD TRIPS
- 2 THE BEST HEALTHY ROAD TRIP SNACKS
- 3 Fruit and Vegetables
- 4 Dried fruits and nuts
- 5 Baked Goods
- 6 Crackers and Biscuits
- 7 Pantry – Healthy Road Trip Snacks non refrigerated.
- 8 Dairy products & Fridge
- 9 Ready Made Foods for Road Trips & Road Trip meals
- 10 Road Trip Travel Kit
- 11 How to buy Healthy Road Trip Snacks at Gas Station?
- 12 HEALTHY SNACKS FOR AIRPLANE TRAVEL
- 13 Want to start taking road trips & traveling with kids?
THE BEST COOLER BAGS FOR ROAD TRIPS
The first most important thing you need for a road trip is a cooler bag for your healthy snack ideas, or they will be rotten or soggy before you’ve set off.
READ MORE: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to the Best Coolers on the Market for Road Trips & Camping Adventures
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THE BEST HEALTHY ROAD TRIP SNACKS
Here it is. Our list of the best car snacks for road trips for a family vacation so you can keep up with your healthy eating habits and don’t need to rely on junk food with no taste from the gas station.
Check back soon for a PDF printable “Road Trip Food List”.
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Fruit and Vegetables
Fresh fruits are the BEST healthy snacks for kids ever.
- Squeezable fruit and vegetable pouches
- Apples (Hot tip: carry a paring knife and small chopping board so you can quarter it, or make apple star slices)
- Carrot sticks
- Cucumber sticks
- Celery sticks
- Bell pepper strips (capsicum)
- Broccolli and cauliflower florets (with dip)
- Snow peas
- Snap peas
- Edamame soy beans (salted)
Hot tip: Take cashew nut butter with you, and dip apple wedges in it for a protein boost.
Dried fruits and nuts
These are the easiest snacks for traveling in the car. Pack them in a zip lock bag, or a small sealable container.
- fruit and nut mixes, trail mix
- nut mixes – almonds, pistachio, cashew, brazil nuts, hazelnuts
- dried pumpkin seeds
- dried chickpeas
- dried fava beans
- dried fruits – raisins, sultanas, cranberries, dried blueberries, dried mango, dried bananas, dried apple rings
- yoghurt covered sultanas
- dried fruit rolls (whole foods section)
- fruit leathers
- Bhuja snacks
- Homemade or store bought Bliss Balls
More healthy snacks for car rides.
- Croissants with jam or lemon butter
- Museli bars (Mother Earth and Carmen brands are our favorite, or homemade)
- Oat cakes, oat bars
- Rice cookies
- Protein bars
- Ready made crepes from the supermarket
- Store bought Pikelets
- Store bought Muffins
- Store bought banana bread slices
- Cinnamon scrolls
- Danish pastries
Crackers and Biscuits
Road trips foods can also include:
- Gold Fish snacks
- Jatz crackers
- Water crackers (and cubes of cheese and dip- see below)
- Soya crackers
Pantry – Healthy Road Trip Snacks non refrigerated.
When you don’t have a cooler and need road trip foods that don’t need to be kept in the fridge, try these:
- Rice or corn crackers with peanut butter
- Small pots of dried cereal (cheerios, nutrigrain)
- Cup of noodles (healthy brands, without MSG seasoning) – BYO hot water, or ask for a cup of hot water at a fast food restaurant or fuel station
- Beef jerky
- Potato chips
- Sweet potato crisps
- Veggie chips
- Cashew nut butter or sunflower seed butter- with fruit and veggie sticks, or on rice crackers
- Peanut butter – as above
- Tahini – as above
- Mini flavored cans of tuna (or salmon)
Dairy products & Fridge
We can’t live without our dairy foods!
- Mini Babybel cheeses, or Laughing Cow cheese portions
- Spreadable cream cheese for crackers and rice crackers
- Small pots of yoghurt, yogurt pouches
- Squeezable custard pouches
- String cheese
- Mozzarella string cheese
- Hard boiled eggs
- Yakult probiotics
- Salami sticks
- Kabana and cubes of cheese (with jatz crackers)
- Dips – basil pesto dip, tzatziki, hommus, beetroot dip
Ready Made Foods for Road Trips & Road Trip meals
These are the best homemade road trip food snacks to take. These make ahead meals for road trip fun will definitely save you money and wasted time.
- Small sandwiches on whole grain bread, cut into triangles – ham and cheese, vegemite and cheese, egg salad
- Small pots of hommus with cut up pieces of pita bread, or turkish bread for dipping
- Round of brie cheese, and seaweed crackers (BYO plastic knife)
- Homemade banana bread or banana cake
- Homemade banana muffins (or banana raspberry, or blueberry muffins)
- Rice porridge, overnight oats with stewed apple
- Zucchini slice
- Pasta bake
- Homemade egg and bacon pies (delicious hot or cold)
- Banana slices, strawberry and blueberries with cream (great sweet treat for kids who don’t eat sugar)
Road Trip Travel Kit
Remember to pack these things to make it easier to eat and manage your healthy car snacks:
- water bottle for each person
- zip lock bags for leftovers
- travel cutlery set (this one has stainless steel flatwear including knife, fork, spoon, smoothie straw & cleaning brush, juice straw and chopsticks)
- stackable bamboo plates in 4 different rainbow colors so you don’t lose them, and kids can have their own color
- bamboo snack bowls in rainbow colors too
- bamboo cups
- small wooden chopping board
- glad wrap, or beeswax wraps
- two-handled bowl for washing up (store your travel essentials in it during your road trip)
Kids Travel Tray
We love this handy road trip tray for the car that clips onto the back of the car seat. It has drink and snack holders so things don’t tip over, and side walls so things don’t roll off. Plus it folds down and packs away easily.
You can use it on the plane too!
How to buy Healthy Road Trip Snacks at Gas Station?
Run out of food, or didn’t pack enough?
These are the best healthy foods to buy at a gas station:
- air-popped popcorn
- dry roasted nuts
- string cheese
- milk drinks (malted milk, plain milk, milk smoothies will fill you up till you can get to a supermarket)
- bananas, apples
- protein bars
- hard boiled eggs
- whole grain crackers
Take a look at their chill cabinet for more ideas.
HEALTHY SNACKS FOR AIRPLANE TRAVEL
You can also reuse this snacks list for flying.
Hot tip about your healthy airplane snacks: Remember you will need to throw all fresh foods, fruits and vegetables BEFORE you enter a new country, so take only what you will eat to stop food waste.
What to eat to stop ear pain when flying
If you want to know how to avoid ear pain during flight for your kids, the best way is to chew something. Here’s a few ideas.
- naturally colored jelly beans for airplane take off and landing. Try these organic Jelly Belly ones.
- ditto fruit gummies
- ditto chewing gum (for kids over 6)
- ditto sugar free lolly pops
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