The Best Road Trip Snacks for Your Next Vacation

Two girls laughing as they are in a car road tripping.

Road trip season is upon us again! The summer is the best time to take some time off to go on a road trip. A driving vacation sounds great until the traffic hits on the highway or you need to pull over to eat something before you get hangry. We can’t do anything about the traffic, but we can help you with some snacks ideas for your next roadtrip. Packing snacks before the trip will save you time on the road and give you more time at your final destination. Let’s get into it! 

Packing Food for a Road Trip

When driving, you want to make sure that your snacks are within reach. If you’re driving by yourself, try putting your food in a shower caddy in the passenger seat. You can easily grab from the snacks available without taking your eyes off the road. This hack is also great for kids to be able to serve themselves while in the car. It’s easier to avoid snacks that you have to refrigerate, but if you want to bring them, store them in a mini cooler. Then your snacks will not be taking too much space away from your luggage. 

The Best Road Trip Snacks 

Now we’re at the good part, snacks for your trip. Here is a list of the best road trip snacks that you can prepare ahead of time to take with you on your next adventure. 

Trail Mix 

There is nothing better than driving with a bag of trail mix by your side to snack on. Trail mix is very versatile as you don’t have to stick to the typical peanuts, M&M’s, and raisins combination. You can make any mix that caters to your liking and the passengers with you. It’s a really easy healthy road trip snack with little prep time. Also, it is easy to clean up with a portable vacuum cleaner, like the Thisworx Portable Car Vacuum Cleaner. Here are some suggestions for different combinations you can try, but feel free to make your own. 

Chocolate Banana Trail Mix 

  • Combine one cup of each of the following ingredients: semi sweet chocolate chips, roasted almonds, unsweetened banana chips, salted peanuts. 

All Cracked Up Trail Mix 

  • Mix a cup of the following ingredients gently in a bowl: Cheddar Goldfish, Colors Goldfish, mini pretzels, oyster crackers, corn chips, and Chex Mix. Dump the bowl of crackers onto a baking sheet. Melt a cube of butter into a small heat-resistant bowl in the microwave. When the butter is melted, add a packet of taco seasoning and stir well. Drizzle the mixture onto the crackers, tossing gently as you go to make sure the seasoning doesn’t clump onto individual pieces. Throw the mix into the microwave for 5-6 minutes with stirring in-between to make it crispy. 

Honey Roasted Trail Mix 

  • Preheat your oven to 325 Fahrenheit. In a microwavable bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of butter, three tablespoons of honey, and 2 tablespoons of light corn syrup. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir the mixture and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla. In a separate bowl combine 1 cup of the following ingredients: Chex cereal, honey roasted Cheerios, pretzels, and honey roasted peanuts. Spread your dry ingredients on a baking sheet. Pour the honey butter onto the dry ingredients and make sure that it is well spread across the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes stirring halfway through. 

Muffins 

These are easy treats to make before and bring on the road. There are so many different flavors you can make from blueberry to carrot. Muffins can also be a healthy road trip snack depending on what recipe you use. In addition, these are easy for kids to enjoy during your adventure and can help out on making them beforehand. 

Beef Jerky 

Beef Jerky is an easy grab snack while you’re driving. You can buy a pack before you leave or you can easily make it yourself. Trim the fat off of your beef and add any seasonings or sauce you like. Seal in bag and refrigerate overnight. Preheat the oven at 170 degrees fahrenheit. Cut your beef into strips and move it to a sauce pan to simmer for 5 minutes. Dry in the oven for 4 to 5 hours rotating occasionally until it becomes dry and leathery. Remove it from the oven and let it cool completely before you dab any extra oil off of the beef. Then you can store your jerky in a plastic bag and take it with you on your road trip. 

No Prep Road Trip Snacks

For a last minute road trip, you may not have time to make your own snacks. No fear, here is a list of quick grab and go snacks that you can pack for the long road ahead. 

  • Dried fruit 
  • Applesauce pouches 
  • Your favorite brand of granola bars 
  • Veggie straws 
  • String cheese 
  • Mini bell peppers 
  • Snaps peas 
  • Banana chips 
  • Apple crisps 
  • Yogurt pouches 
  • Mini cucumbers 
  • Carrot sticks 
  • Nut butter packets 
  • Clementines 
  • Popcorn 

Clean-up

No one likes to be stuck in a messy car for hours or have to clean the car after a long trip. The best thing to do is clean as you go on the road. To have a place to put trash, you can get a mini trash can or wrap a plastic grocery bag around your head rest to place any wrappers. If you or your kids are messy eaters, it's best to pack a portable vacuum cleaner to easily pick up crumbs. Thisworx offers both trash cans for your car and portable vacuum cleaners that can travel with you cross country or a short weekend trip.

Final Thoughts 

Road trips can be stressful with all the preparation you have to do beforehand, but you’re snacking shouldn’t be. You now have all the snacks you need to plan your next trip whether that be with your friends, your family, or driving solo. Enjoy your next road trip!


Contributing Writer: Madeline Collins