Don’t you just love a good road trip?
I think there is something fun and special about packing up the car and hitting the open road. Now that my kidlets are a little older we’ve started taking family road trips.
Over spring break we drove from our home in NJ and made a week-long loop to DC, Williamsburg, VA, and Baltimore. For our summer vacation, we went to the beach and drove once again from NJ this time to Ocean City, Maryland – which was about a 4-hour car ride….
I’m not sure what it is about road trips that I love so much. Maybe it’s on the open road? It’s the perfect way to help me clear my mind. Maybe it’s because there are always surprises along the way? They make each and every road trip it’s very own adventure. Or maybe it’s the conversations that we have as a family? I find that I learn a lot about my kids, their likes/dislikes, personalities and humor on trips.
The one thing I do know about road trips is that traveling long distances in the car always gives the family and me a case of the snackies!
So to save both time and money on the road, I like to pack an assortment of snacks. I also like packing snacks so that every time we make a bathroom pit stop the kids aren’t clamoring to buy them a ton of sugary sweets or junk food.
For our beach road trip, I opted for snacks that were both nutritious and filling (no sugar added as well as gluten & GMO-free) that were packaged in travel-friendly canisters and in some cases single-serving bags that wouldn’t get crushed, melt or spoil during our road trip adventures.
Here’s what went into our road trip snack bag:
Mamee Stacked Crisps – Light and crispy potato crisps, in Original, BBQ and Sour Cream & Onion flavors, that are stacked in canisters to allow for the perfect crunch with every bite!
Good Health Snacks – Avocado Oil and Olive Oil Kettle Style Potato Chips, Sweet Potato Kettle Style Chips, Veggie Straws, Veggie Chips and Veggie Stix© are perfect to satisfy crispy, crunchy and savory cravings.
New Zealand Jerky – A nourishing source of lean protein, this free-range, grass-fed beef jerky is made with only natural ingredients. Cut into moist, tender bite-sized pieces for easy snacking in flavors including original, peppered and teriyaki.
Bare Snacks – Made from freshly picked whole fruit, such as apples, coconut and banana, that are baked, not fried and with nothing artificial, no sugar and no preservatives.
Barbara’s Cheese Puffs – These puffs, in a variety of flavors, including Jalapeno!, are as light as air and packed with flavor that combines stone ground corn and carefully selected cheeses for the ultimate crunchy treat.
I packed all my car snacks in a huge tote bag that was easily accessible to both the kidlets and us adults up in the front of the car. All anyone had to do was just reach forward or backward (us adults!) to grab something to nosh on. Don’t forget to also pack an empty plastic bag, so you have something to collect all your empty packages and wrappers in – so your car doesn’t wind up looking like a mobile trash can!
I think these snacks are perfect for road trips but are also be smart choices once the whirlwind of sports and activities start once the kids go back to school after Labor Day.
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s your favorite road trip snack?
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