15 Healthy and Portable Road Trip Snacks

The final bell of school is getting ready to ring, and that means plenty of fun summer road trips! Plan ahead to make sure when you stop to fill up the tank, that’s all you’re filling up! What is it about gas stations that says Hey! It’s okay to grab some of those 2/$1.00 candy bars, a few of those hot dogs on the turn-y thing, and while you’re at it, get a 4,000 ounce slushie, too!

Do me a favor, pack these quick and easy, healthy road trip snacks, pay at the pump, and avoid a huge road trip disaster!


  1. Nuts! Who’s not nuts for nuts? Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and pecans are your best bet. And, no corn-nuts don’t count! If you’re looking for something a little sweet, try the cocoa-dusted almonds – they’re divine!
  2. Dried fruit. Raisins, cranberries, apricots, peaches, the possibilities are endless.
  3. Blueberries. Totally portable and non-messy! Really, any berry is a great idea.
  4. Cherry tomatoes. Once you pop ’em, you can stop.
  5. Baby carrots. Keep your eyes focused on the road with carrots!
  6. String cheese. The kids will love this!
  7. Energy bars. Think Lara Bars, Clif Zbars, or even mini-Luna Bars (my fave).
  8. Bananas. Nature’s perfect road trip food.
  9. Sandwiches. Pre-make some peanut butter, banana, and honey sandwiches. Cut into quarters and you’re ready for the road.
  10. Hard boiled eggs. Peel them before you pull out, and you’ll have a great protein boost when you need it.
  11. PopChips! If you must have chips, these are a great way to satisfy that craving.
  12. Grapes. Like bananas, grapes were made for road trips.
  13. Suckers. Sometimes you really just need something sweet. Try Yummy Earth organic suckers – sweet, healthy, and totally portable. My favorite is Very, Very Cherry. The organic Hot Chili Pops are fun, too!
  14. Yogurt. We don’t recommend you try this while driving, but for those pit stops for pictures, a single-serve cup of yogurt is a great idea.
  15. Water! Yes, you definitely want to stay hydrated on the road!

By the time you read this post, I will be on my very own road trip – our end-of-year school trip! Packed in my bag and cooler, I have 11 of the 15 ideas I have listed above!

Tell us you favorite healthy snacks for road trips!

  • Tanya @ Mom’s Small Victories

    Surprisingly, my picky toddler grabbed my throw-my-favorites-in-a-bag-and-call-it-trail-mix of dried pineapple, chocolate chips, walnuts and cranberries. He left the chocolate and ate all my dried pineapple. Great ideas for snacks!!!

    • Amy Adams

      Dried pineapple is awesome!

  • http://debbidoesdinnerhealthy.blogspot.com/ Debbi Does Dinner Healthy

    Great ideas! We’re planning a 2 week driving trip to New York and I’m looking for some good things to bring, thanks!

  • ItsMeVsMe

    I totally need to print this. We tend to stick to string cheese and cut up fruit but this list is AWESOME.

  • Ellie

    This list contains pretty much all everything I eat!! Love it!

  • Flippindewd

    I’ve never met someone who likes the same sandwich as me: peanut butter, banana, and honey!

  • Twighee

    I bought my boys fishing lure boxes (only $3 each at Walmart) and put their snacks right in there. They get their “snack pack” in the beginning of the trip and know that is what they get for the day (the 9 hour trip to grandmas). The hard case keeps things from getting squished and they learn to pace themselves & still get to enjoy a variety. We use a lot of the same foods as you suggested.

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  • Carol Dunlop

    Love the list, this is good for your desk too or taking along for a conference because you never know what they will serve you.

  • http://journeysofthefabulist.wordpress.com Bronwyn Joy

    Great snack ideas! Love how many of these can be picked up at grocery shops the world over.

  • Amy Adams

    I have a “Trail Mix” that I make up and I always have some in my purse! It’s almonds slivers, pecans, dried cranberries, raisins and dark chocolate pieces. It gives me that “oohhh, I’m snacking!” feeling with the added benefit of being nutty and sweet. I make up a batch and then portion it out into these adorable cups with sturdy lids. :)

  • Cynthia

    Great ideas; I thought dried fruit, though, had a lot of sugar and you were supposed to stay away from it…???

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