Top 10 Must Have Road Trip Snacks #kiaholiday

Top 10 Must Have Road Trip Snacks #kiaholiday

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Kia invited me to do a post on holiday travel, and since my family enjoys a good road trip, I thought it pertinent to share our Top 10 must have road trip snacks. Not only is it a great idea to pack some snacks and save money from overpriced gas stations along the way, it also keeps hunger complaints to a minimum until we get to our destination (usually Jekyll Island).

Here are the Top 10 Must Have Road Snacks for my family adventures:

  1. Baby Swiss Cheez-Its

This is my personal favorite, because it’s not as unhealthy as some of the snack alternatives, and they taste delicious. They are a weakness much like my Dr. Pepper. I admittedly tend to be a little stingy with them.

  1. Nacho Cheese Doritos

My daughter adores them and my husband loves them. During road trips, we generally forfeit most of the healthier stuff for convenience, because vacations are supposed to be about splurging and indulging, anyway.

  1. Celery and carrots with Ranch and Bleu Cheese

Okay, so I feel a little guilty packing only processed crap, so I throw in something healthy to make myself feel better. The little rubbermaid containers make perfect storage for the condiments, and the cooler is always situated in the back seat for easy access.

  1. Sliced apples and clementines

During the winter season, my family can’t get enough of those tasty, sweet little clementines, and my daughter loves crunchy granny smith apples. These snacks are also beneficial in helping contain hunger in ways that the junk food can’t.

  1. Sandwich fixin’s 

Our road trips are generally four or more hours, so at some point, we have to have a real meal. This doesn’t really count as snack food, but a tasty turkey or ham sandwich with lettuce really helps save money and keeps us from having to stop often.

  1. Low-fat chocolate milk

Solely for the delight of the kiddo, this is also a healthy, filling treat for her to enjoy. Vacations are supposed to be awesome for the kids, too. 😉

  1. Dr. Pepper 

I’ve been on a semi-hiatus from Dr. Pepper to go along with my new gym-rat and weight-losing lifestyle, but I refuse to spend hours in the car without at least my one vice.

  1. Pretzel sticks or twists  

Let’s avoid the sodium talk, because pretzels still have merits that other “bad” snacks don’t have. Plus, we all love to snack on them on the way. There is simply something incredibly satisfying about crunching on pretzels while passing the miles.

  1. Water

As a respite from all the sodium, fat grams, and calories, there is no better thirst quencher than water. I’m loathe to use bottled water, because it’s so much wasteful plastic, so I fill up a jug with filtered water at home and throw it in the cooler. We pack cups from home to drink from. Saves time and money–both things of which are usually in short supply.

10. Chocolate and powdered donuts

It’s nice to have something sweet to nibble on to counteract all the salty . I’m partial to the chocolate ones, because like most women, I love chocolate everything. The kiddo usually likes the powdered ones, because messy tastes better to her. The husband is ambivalent on this one.

So there you have it–The Top 10 Must Have Road Trip Snacks for my family. Not only do we get to our destination faster by packing up snacks, we arrive less cranky, and with more money in our pockets.

How about you? What are your must have travel snacks for a road trip? Tell me in the comments!

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  1. When I was a kid, my cousin and I would put together a variety of candies, and eat 1 “set” each hour of our 12 hour journey from Chicago to Baltimore. Things like Fun Dip, rope gum, and sweet tarts.

    • Debra, confession: I still love fun dip, and instead of rope gum, nerd ropes.

  2. I have to agree with the Doritos. A must-have for our road trips.

    • Tiffany, there is just something about road trips and doritos that go hand-in-hand.

  3. Granola bars, coffee, and water for me. I know, I’m so exciting LOL

    Muffins. Cheese and crackers. Dried fruit, such as mango.

    Also, the individual chip bags, so everyone can have their favorite. Travels well, portion control, all those good things.

    Great post, Amberr 🙂

    • Rainy, sounds at least like a healthy list. I should probably do more of that.

  4. We will always pack a mix of sweet and salty on our trips. I tend to bring beef jerky and nuts for a filling snack, but always counter the healthy stuff with chocolates and candies!

    • Kenin, beef jerky is an awesome choice, too, and not messy, either. Sweets and salty together are just a necessity 😉

  5. 1. Green & Blacks Organic Chocolate Bars – yes Amberr, guys can love chocolate too, especially if we’re badass enough to get in touch with our luxury-loving, sensual, feminine-side 😛

    2. Honey… and anything. – Or just by itself.

    3. Fast food – burgers, fries, onion rings, shakes, all that greasy goodness, that almost everyone will tell you is bad for you, but that only your individual body knows. Just ask Magnus Ver Magnusson, world’s strongest man about his diet.

    4. Bolthouse Farms Smoothies – Just ‘cause I like fast food on road trips doesn’t mean I won’t keep a bolthouse by my side. Or a freshly juiced smoothie in a steel thermos 😛

    5. Clementines, Celery, Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes & other assorted raw stuff *plus* dip! – Yeah, I second this.

    6. Sandwiches – Also seconded.

    7. Clif Bars – A throw-back to my rock-climbing days these nutrient dense bars taste AMAZING. They do it up right.

    8. Water – surprised I didn’t make it #1 on my list. Lifeblood. Literally. 

    9. Pitas & Hummus – but only if no one objects… know what I mean?

    10. Chinese buns – insanely affordable and tons of variety. If you’ve never had this Asian bakery staple… do it!

    • Great list, Jason. I love Chinese buns. They are also insanely delicious!

  6. Hmmmm… Interesting choices… Here’s ten of mine! 🙂

    1. salted cashews and peanut M&M’s trail mix.

    2. Gummie Bears

    3. Coffee

    4. Black licorice

    5. Coca-Cola

    6. Gum

    7. Tootsie Pops

    8. A piece of fresh fruit

    9. Butterscotch hard candy

    10. Good n’ Plenty’s

    Since I drive most of the time, I don’t like getting my fingers all sticky or powdery because of the steering wheel. LOL 🙂

    • Tim, smart ideas. I forgot coffee on the list–an absolute must.

  7. Donna left a comment on a plugin I am not using yet:

    Donna Merrill has left a comment on your post.
    I love road trip snacks. My favorite is things I make ahead and put into small coolers. Other than that, it is nuts and fruit

  8. My favorite is trail mix. I like to get a good mix that has a little bit of everything and if they don’t have dried fruit that I like in them, then I add some dried cranberries and dried apricots. A good trail mix for me has peanuts, m&m’s, raisins, dried fruit, peanut m&m’s, and coconut flakes.

    • Mary, I haven’t had trail mix since I worked in preschools. Sounds like an awesome idea for my next road trip.

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I’m an Atlanta, GA Social Media Manager, blogger, writer, brand ambassador and virtual author tour coordinator. I work with individuals, small businesses, and authors to strengthen their brands through targeted social media campaigns. I love to engage and develop strong, enduring relationships with each of my clients. My passions are books, travel, social media, blogging, and all things creative.

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