Healthy Road Trip Snacks…Yeah, You Read That Right

healthy road trip snacks

Road trips can be a fatal blow in your healthy eating routine. Admission. There was a time in my life when I would travel with my friends in a Jeep all through the night to make it somewhere. Anywhere. We made sure we were stocked with plenty of Red Vines candy, CDs reminiscent of 80s music and a Road Atlas (the kind that’s printed and the size of a small child). Back in those days we pretty much lived for gas stations, not for fuel, but to stock up on more candy (of course) and Golden Arches. Fast forward to present time. I now road trip in a minivan and along with my husband have four other young people who are looking to be fed on our road trips. Sure pulling over for a quick bite in some greasy spoon might sound tempting but you’ll be paying the price in both smells in the car as well as in the overall hyperactivity in the car.  Here are a few tips to stay on a healthy diet during road trips:


Pack a cooler for cold food items and a dry bag for food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated.


The cooler may contain things like:

  • Lunch meat
  • String cheese
  • Yogurt tubes (such as the GoGurt shape)
  • Water bottles
  • Coffee drinks (for the driver!)
  • Fruit
  • Jam
  • Hummus
  • Carrots


Dry Bag contains things like:

  • Bread
  • PB (to make PB & J’s)
  • Apples
  • Granola bars (pay attention to ingredients as some contain a ton of sugar)
  • Nuts
  • Trail Mix
  • Paper towels (I bring the whole roll…bc who are you kidding)
  • Utensils
  • Wet wipes
  • Plastic bags for trash sacks
  • Individual ziplocks (if you bring a box of snacks so you can divvy it out)

We travel frequently to Colorado with all six of us and our dog! That’s an 11-hour drive and we’ve gotten it down to two stops. Packing healthy snacks really does save time and keeps my crew eating healthy on the road. If you’ve got any special tricks or tips, we’d love to hear from you!

Posted by Natalie Cagle

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