This year is turning out to be quite the year of road trips for my hubs & I. We’ve spent a lot of time in the car this year and still have a few other smaller trips planned. It’s given us a chance to establish our travel mojo. I think we both agree that one of our favorite things is how we’ve started doing travel snacks. And I’m sharing with you!
We make a quick Trader Joe’s run before we go on any road trip and load up on a balanced combo of snacks. This helps keep us from buying BBQ chips and Cheez-its during gas station stops or stopping for fast food.
Before trips, we usually procrastinate packing and end up binge watching more tv than we have time for. Then we find ourselves frantically run around doing errands, laundry, and packing. The last thing I want to do is add any more items to our before-trip-scurry so I don’t make any homemade snacks for trips.
The prep for my snack guide below is very minimal, if you’re packing procrastinator like me – rest easy! You can have good snacks without a lot of effort.
My road trip snack ritual is to include something for each of the following categories: fruit, veggie, carb, protein, a sweet something, green juices, and water.
What does this actually look like? Here’s what we usually get:
– Fruit: grapes or apples (pre-wash them!)
– Veggie: carrots & hummus (or slices of cucumber or bell pepper are good too)
– Carb: typically crackers which we also like with hummus or our protein which is…
– Protein: TJ’s turkey summer sausage (so good!) or nuts are good for protein if you aren’t taking a cooler or are vegetarian (for the sausage, cut it up in advance or just remember to pack a small knife to cut slices)
– A sweet something: dark chocolate is our go-to sweet treat
– Green juices: we love TJ’s cold pressed green juice. If you aren’t near a TJ’s, look for green juices that are pure juice and not from concentrate. This is a good way to ensure you’re still getting some greens even while you’re traveling.
– Water: we usually get really big water bottles to last the whole trip or if we’re not going too far, just fill up water bottles at home
Other snack ideas:
Granola bars are always a good travel snack and if you have time/are not lazy like me, you could whip up some energy bites or a fun snack mix. Sometimes we’ll get a new type of chip or snack we see at TJ’s just as a treat or something to break up routine.