Healthy Snacks for Road Trips

We’re about to spend three long days on the road as we move across the country. I find it challenging to be cooped up in the car for long periods of time like this, but snacks somehow make the experience more tolerable.

Snacking while on the road doesn’t have to be unhealthy! There are a lot of nutritious options that are perfect for eating on the go. Check out these ideas.

Instead of absentmindedly consuming tons of high-fat, high-sugar, and/or high-sodium snacks, I’m identifying and preparing to take some healthier options.

Healthy road trip snacks


Why: Popcorn is a great choice when you’re craving something salty and crunchy like potato chips. Unlike chips, popcorn contains antioxidants and is very low in calories and fat.

Notes: It’s healthiest to avoid butter-drenched “movie theater” varieties or those popped in pre-sealed microwave popcorn bags. Prepare popcorn in an air popper or on the stove instead.

Fruits and veggies

Why: Fruits and vegetables contain a lot more vitamins and minerals than typical snack foods. Many varieties, including bananas, apples, cherry tomatoes, and carrot sticks, can be transported and eaten easily while driving or riding. Additionally, fruits and veggies contain a lot of water, so they’ll help keep you from getting dehydrated while sitting in the car all day.

Notes: Types of produce that don’t have to be peeled or are easy to peel and don’t have to be sliced work best (e.g., bananas, apples, grapes, pears, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas). Fruit cups (where the fruit is packed in juice, not syrup) are another good option.

Dried fruit, nuts, or trail mix

Why: Dried fruit will satisfy your sweet tooth, nuts will quench a craving for salty and crunchy foods, and trail mix is an excellent mix of sweet, salty, and crunchy. All of these contain more nutrients than candy bars or fruit-flavored candies.

Notes: Keep an eye on how much you eat because fruits are high in natural sugars and nuts/trail mix are high in calories. Even though they are good for you, you still need to eat in moderation.

Cheese or yogurt

Why: It’s often hard to consume recommended amounts of dairy while traveling. Snacking on cheese and yogurt will help you do this. The protein in these foods will help satisfy your hunger and cheese provides a savory alternative to the many snack foods that are sweet.

Notes: Yogurt cups or sleeves (choose those that don’t contain artificial sweeteners, artificial food dyes, or lots of added sugars) and cheese cubes or pre-sliced cheese are pretty easy to transport and consume while traveling.

Granola bars or energy bars

Why: Granola bars and energy bars are very easy to transport because they are individually wrapped and their shape makes them easy to eat while driving or riding. They are heartier than many snack foods, so they’ll genuinely satisfy your hunger.

Notes: Many granola and energy bars are so packed full of sugar that they are about as healthy as a candy bar, so be sure to look for those that are high in fiber and protein, but low in sugar.

Hardboiled eggs

Why: Eggs are super affordable (about 15 cents each) and, though they’re only 70 calories a piece, they are packed with high quality protein and antioxidants. They’re not messy to eat and they’ll satiate your hunger.

Notes: You can peel your hardboiled eggs before you leave on your trip so you don’t have to worry about doing this in the car. Just place the peeled eggs in a zipper baggie or food storage container that you keep cool in a cooler.

What additional ideas do you have? What are your favorite snacks to take on road trips?

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  1. I love these ideas. I’m always at a loss as to what to take along for snacks other than cheese sticks and fruit.

    • Hi Jennifer,
      It’s hard to come up with ideas sometimes, isn’t it? I hope you’re able to use some of these in the future!

  2. We spend a lot of time on the road and not at home in the summer so we pack a lot of lunches and snacks. I don’t know why I never thought about portable yogurt until this summer! I’ve done the string cheese thing before but never the yogurt sleeves. I have to say, they are pretty genius! I’m the only one in the family that eats hard boiled eggs but that would be a great idea as well. Thanks! ( visiting from Monday’s Musings)

    • Hi Julie,
      I like the yogurt, but my husband doesn’t. He likes hardboiled eggs, but I’m not a huge fan of them. We often end up taking separate snacks! At least there are a variety of healthy options so everyone can find something they like. 🙂

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