5 Snacks to Pack for Your Road Trip

Whether homemade or store bought, the following snacks are perfect for any journey.

By Mathew S. Chan
September 02, 2015

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One of the biggest struggles we face when traveling is deciding what food to bring, especially on long road trips. Snacks are essential during your travels to keep your energy up and even hydrate you sometimes. Here are 5 snacks you can pack for your trip.

1. Granola Bars
This particular snack is great for any trip, especially if you’re traveling with kids. There are tons of variations from plain to granola with raisins or almonds. You can buy any of these from the grocery store, so you don’t have to worry about the misconception that granola bars are flavorless. They also make a healthy alternative to chocolates and sweets, as they have less sugar and high fiber content. If you don’t like the store bought kind, there are tons of recipes you can find on the Internet for a more personalized touch or flavor.

Tip: Granola bars go great with yogurt, so you can pack some yogurt cups as well.

2. Sweet Potato Chips
Sweet potato chips are a healthy alternative to potato chips—and they make awesome travel food too. According to the National Institutes of Health, sweet potatoes are a good source of Vitamin A, which “helps form and maintain healthy skin, teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, mucus membranes, and skin” and is also good for the eyes.

Tip: You can shake it up and add flavor by mixing spices and condiments. Cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and plain cheese are some favorites.

3. Popcorn
Popcorn is one of the easiest things you can buy and pack for a trip. It’s light and can be packed using anything from Tupperware to plastic bags. You can buy already popped popcorn that comes in an assortment of flavors, but it’s best if you pop plain popcorn before you leave, so it’s fresh and won’t get stale fast.

Tip: Other ways to add flavor would be mixing the popcorn with almonds and some berries to create trail mix popcorn. This could turn out to be your new favorite snack.

4. Fruits
It is important to keep hydrated when traveling, but during a trip, you might find yourself trying not to drink a lot of liquids because it could be difficult to find a restroom on the road. One alternative to drinking lots of water is eating fruits with high water content. It’s a plus that they make tasty treats. According to Health.com, fruits with the highest water content include cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelons, and strawberries. Just watch your intake as you’ll still need the bathroom if you end up eating too much.

Tip: If you aren’t a fan of fruits, some great vegetable alternatives include carrots, celery, and broccoli.

5. Pretzels
If you want some pastries on the trip, pretzels are easy to eat and make. They are low calorie and are just made up of flour, water, yeast, salt, butter, and sugar. If you aren’t in the mood to make them yourself, you can just buy some from the store and reheat them before you leave.

Tip: They taste good with sauces and dips like chocolate. It may not be convenient to eat them this way if you are on the road, but hey, if it’s good, how can you say no?