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The 50 Best Snacks for Your Next Family Vacation

Updated: Jun 15, 2021

It can be quite challenging to plan out family vacations, especially when you have young kids. Packing their snack bag for traveling is almost as important as the trip itself! You want to pack foods that are easy to eat and even easier to clean up.


If you've been trying to decide what to pack for your next road trip or airplane ride, keep on reading to get inspired! Here's a list of our top fifty favorite travel snacks that are perfect for your whole family:



Healthy Snacks



Berries


Berries are great options for road trips because they're easy to pop in your mouth and taste like a sweet treat. They're also incredibly healthy and rich in antioxidants! Nearly every kid loves to snack on blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. The only downside is that they can be pretty expensive.


berries


Grapes


Grapes are delicious, inexpensive, healthy, and are beloved in snack boxes. They're great on their own and also pair well with cheese cubes.



grapes


Cheese


Speaking of cheese, add some slices or cubes into your kids' lunches for a good source of calcium and protein. Cheddar, mozzarella, and gouda cheese are our favorite!


cheese


Granola bars


Whether you choose to buy them in-store or make them at home, granola bars are the quintessential road trip snack. Just toss them into your snack bag, and you're good to go!



granola bars


Banana Chips


Banana chips or plantain chips are a yummy snack that is toddler-friendly and mess-free. You'll have to carefully inspect the labels to make sure they're not full of sugar, though.


banana chips


Salami Sticks


Meat in a packaged stick form is perfect for individual use. You don't have to worry about preparing salami slices or bringing napkins to clean greasy hands. They provide protein and calories in a kid-friendly wrapper.


Tortilla Rolls


Use tortillas to make easy on-the-go sandwiches. The most popular types are made with bananas and peanut butter, deli meat and cheese, or chocolate sauce.


Saltine Crackers


Crackers are a must on trips, although you might have a lot of crumbs while eating them. Salt also helps against nausea, so these are great for when someone gets a little carsick.



saltine crackers


Sugar Snap Peas


These might not be for everyone, as some kids dislike peas. However, they make an excellent snack for trips because they're easy to pop in your mouth, don't make a mess, and are healthy. Add some hummus on the side for an even tastier treat.


sugar snap peas

Baby Carrots


Baby carrots are another classic healthy road trip snack. Everyone loves them, and they're super easy to eat. They can even be found in individual servings, making them perfect additions to your lunch bag.


baby carrots

Clementines/Mandarin Oranges


Clementines, Mandarins, Cuties--whatever you call them, they're delicious! You can simply toss them in your bag and peel them when you get hungry. They make a little mess, though, so you'll need a trash bag and some wet wipes for cleanup.


Clementines/Mandarine oranges

Nuts


Nuts are always a great way to get protein and healthy fats. You have endless options to choose from: almonds, macadamia nuts, peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, etc. Just a handful can keep you satisfied until your next meal.


Cucumber Slices


Cut them in round slices or as sticks for easy eating. Keep in mind, though, that they contain only water, so your kids might still be hungry after eating them. Try pairing them with some hummus or feta cheese for some added protein and calcium.


cucumber slices

Dry Cereal


Sometimes, eating dry cereal tastes even better than eating it with milk. The classic cereal snack is Cheerios, but you can choose whichever one your kids love best. Keep in mind that this snack is harder to eat and is likely to end up on the floor.


Dried Fruits


Dried apple slices make some of the most delicious and healthy snacks. You can find nearly every kind of fruit in dried form, like mangoes, apricots, and raisins. They don't make a mess, and your kids will think they're eating sweets!


dried fruits

Hard-Boiled Eggs


Eggs are a fantastic source of protein and perfect for lunchboxes. You can either add a little salt to them or eat them plain. They're also great for any age, even your young ones!


Popcorn


Popcorn is an excellent choice for an easy snack that your whole family can enjoy. You can either keep it plain or choose ones with flavor--our personal favorite is white cheddar! There are so many brands available that are low in calories and fat, and you can even buy it in bulk from the grocery store to save money.


String Cheese


Is any lunch box complete without a stick of string cheese? Children love the taste of the cheese sticks and can have fun pulling them apart. You can choose low-fat ones if you're concerned about the nutritional value.


Squeezable Applesauce


The best snack ideas are the ones where you don't need any utensils to eat. Applesauce pouches are also TSA-friendly since they're only 3oz.


Fruit Snacks


Instead of choosing the sugary versions, opt for fruit snacks made with natural 100% fruit juice. You can easily find healthy fruit snacks in the store that still taste as sweet as junk food.


fruit snacks

Bagels and Cream Cheese


Bagels are a hassle-free snack idea that can help keep your kids from feeling hungry on long car rides. They're even better than a basic peanut butter sandwich!


bagels and cream cheese

Apple Slices


Eat them on their own, or dip them into some nut butter for added protein. Both peanut and almond butter are delicious with apples. Try dipping them in yogurt for a great alternative!


Squeezable Yogurt


Those yogurt squeeze pouches make great road trip snacks when you're stuck in your seat and don't want to have to use utensils. Freeze them so that they're chilled by the time your family is ready to eat. They can even serve as ice packs for your snack bags.


Melon


Depending on the time of year, you should consider adding melons to your snack bag. Watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe are inexpensive and perfect for all ages. Cut them in small cubes for less mess.


melon

Pasta Salad


This snack requires you to make it ahead of time, but you can add whatever ingredients you want. Peas, cherry tomatoes, cheese, broccoli--the combinations are endless! It also tastes even better when it's eaten cold.


Carrot Sticks


These are simple to prepare and great for the whole family! You should always include some carrot sticks in everyone's trip snack bag. Add a side of hummus or ranch for those who don't like to eat them plain.


Veggie Chips


Don't forget to pack some veggie chips into your snack bags. Your kids won't even realize that it's not junk food! They offer a salty taste but with less harmful nutritional value.


Bananas


Bananas are vital to your health and are one of the cheapest foods on this entire list. You'll need a trash can to throw the peel away, though, and remember that they're quickly bruised when put in your bag.


Homemade Lunchables


All you need are crackers, lunch meat, and cheese slices to make your version of a healthy Lunchable. You can either set up the mini sandwiches yourself or let your kids build their own.


homemade lunchables

Yogurt Drinks


Yogurt drinks are another great snack that doesn't require utensils. Be careful with your toddlers, though, as they might end up spilling it all over themselves.


yogurt drinks

Bell Pepper Slices


Bell pepper is another fresh vegetable that fits perfectly in your travel snack bag. Just slice them up or grab those mini ones for less work. They taste sweet, so your kids will love them.


bell pepper slices

Rice Crackers


Your family can eat these plain or add some peanut butter for extra calories. Try and break them up into bite-size pieces ahead of time; otherwise, you'll probably find crumbs in the car seats!


Overnight Oats


This snack requires extra effort on your part and utensils, but overnight oats are a great idea for healthy meals while on the road. There are endless flavor combinations, so your entire family can enjoy it.


Cherry Tomatoes


These bite-sized tomatoes are the best healthy snacks for your young kids. They're sweet, flavorful, and require no preparation. The whole family can enjoy them without making a mess or leaving crumbs.


cherry tomatoes

Jerky


Jerky can be both a healthy snack option or junk food, depending on which one you get. Regardless, it's a great source of protein and can be purchased in bulk to save on costs.


Celery Sticks and Peanut Butter


This is a classic pairing, especially when you add raisins to the mix. Smear the sticks with peanut butter ahead of time to make it easier for your children to eat. You can always substitute the nut butter with hummus if anyone in your family has a peanut allergy.


celery sticks and peanut butter

Homemade Trail Mix


You can't even think about going on a trip without packing trail mix--it's just part of the rules! Store-bought trail mix can be expensive and full of things your kids won't eat. Make your own with nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, seeds, and shredded coconut.


homemade trail mix

Junk Food


Here is a list of our favorite car or airplane snacks that aren't technically healthy for your little ones but are delicious and crowd-favorite! Sometimes you're tired of the veggie sticks and just want to snack on some junk food.


Pretzel Sticks


Cheap, easy to eat, pairs well with chocolate--what's not to love? They're not the best for toddlers, though, and the saltiness might make you extra thirsty, so don't forget water bottles.


pretzel sticks

Graham Crackers


You can either get the square crackers and make little chocolate or peanut butter sandwiches or get the Teddy Bear Grahams. They come in various flavors, like honey or chocolate chip, and kids love them!


Goldfish


Goldfish are a staple for snack bags and road trips. They're perfect for all ages--even toddlers! They also come in whole grains if you want a healthier option.


Pringles


You can either get an entire can of Pringles for your family to share or buy those individual servings of chips. They're great when you don't want to prep anything or are only traveling for short trips.


Cheez-its


These are another classic junk food item that is necessary for any travel. You can get the reduced-fat version if you're concerned about the nutritional value. Toss some in a baggie to drastically improve your next road trip!


Corn Nuts


People either absolutely love corn nuts or loathe them. They're crunchy and packed with a ton of flavor. You'd be surprised how fast your family will go through a bag!


Girl Scout Cookies


Although you can only get these once a year, Girl Scout Cookies are great for traveling. They don't make as much of a mess as other cookies, and kids love them.


Waffles


Waffles work surprisingly well as travel snacks. Just quickly pop them in the toaster before you leave to crisp it up a bit. You don't even need any syrup! Try eating it plain or add some nut butter or jam to it. You'll be surprised by how tasty it is!


waffles

Sunflower Seeds


Sunflower seeds are a delicious and addicting snack--you just can't stop reaching into the bag for more! You'll need a cup to throw the shells into or just buy the pre-shelled version to avoid any messes.


Chex Mix


Chex Mix is best for older kids and even comes in individual serving bags. They come in various flavors and can be purchased in bulk, making them cheaper for you. You can also make your own Puppy Chow (or Muddy Buddies) with them!


Protein bars


If you need some quick calories, then a protein or energy bar is the best option for you. They're not the best for long trips since they don't fill you up that much.


Candy


This could be anything from Sour Patch Kids to Twix Bars! Everyone has their favorite candy, and you can easily find them at any rest stop, although it would be cheaper to buy in bulk before you leave.


Oreos


If your kids love cookies, add some Oreos to their snack bag. Even without milk, they're the best store-bought cookies! Just remember to bring wipes to clean off any black cookie dust the Oreos left.


Tips


Here are some last-minute tips to remind you of what you need to pack to ensure smooth travel!


Drinks


You should keep your family hydrated throughout the entire trip. Remember that they will be incredibly thirsty after eating any of these junk foods. These snacks contain a lot of salt, so just keep in mind that you'll need to have drinks on hand as well.