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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.