A road trip with toddlers can be exhausting for everyone in the car. We spent a lot of time preparing endless hours of distractions in the form of games, toys, and books, but what they usually want comes in the form of snack foods. To keep the kids happy snacks are key! Here we share the best road trip snacks for toddlers to make your next road trip easier!
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25 Best Road Trip Snacks for Toddlers
Let’s be honest, food just makes everyone happier. Finding snacks that aren’t messy, healthy, and that kids will eat can be a task so we have a list of our 25 favorites!
- Frozen Squeezable Yogurt Tubes – We pack these in our kids lunches during the week. They go in the lunch box frozen but by lunch they are thawed out and ready to eat! My kids also love to eat them frozen so it’s a win-win either way!
- Dry cereal – We make this snack more fun by adding in a variety of different dry cereals. My kids love making their own cereal trail mix!
- Waffles – Pop them in the toaster before you head out the door and pack them along. Leave the syrup at home but you can make waffles with blueberries or strawberries and they are extra tasty!
- Tortilla roll ups – You can a variety of different ways to create this snack on Pinterest. Our kids love making these so it’s a great way to get them involved in the prep work!
- Granola bars – There are so many options out there and this bars make an easy quick snack but my favorite part is that they are very filling.
- String Cheese & Raisins – my kids love this combo. I normally tie together a box of raisins with each string cheese.
- Nuts – you can purchase the individual snack sizes which are great for traveling.
- Squeezable applesauce – GoGo Squeez is also great for planes as it’s TSA-approved. We’ve traveled with these since my kids were babies!
- Mini bagels – We love these mini sized snacks that are great with cream cheese, peanut butter or jam!
- Dried Fruit – Have you tried dried strawberries? They are delicious and there are many other fruit options to choose from.
- Trail Mix – Make your own with dry cereal, chocolate chips, coconut, raisins, and almonds or a variety of different dried fruits and nuts. We let each member of our family choose one ingredient, the 5 of us come up with some interesting combos!
- Cut Veggies – Choose colorful carrots, red peppers, cucumbers and celery cut into bite-sized pieces. The more colorful it is, the more excited my kids are about eating them!
- Pirate’s Booty – This is delicious white cheddar popcorn that the kids love! You can order them in bulk which is great considering how popular they’ll be with your kid!
- Fresh fruit – Oranges, strawberries, apples, and blueberries are great fresh fruit options.
- Hard boiled eggs – Peel them at home and bring something to keep them cold until you’re ready to eat them. Most convenient stores will have salt & pepper packs to use on your eggs.
- Animal crackers – No road trip is complete without animal cracks. A classic toddler favorite!
- Graham crackers – My kids love graham cracker sandwiches (graham crackers with a thin layer of peanut butter between them).
- Fruit leather
- Fruit snacks
- Hummus – A great dip for crackers or your fresh veggies.
- Goldfish – These delicious cheese crackers are a staple in our home and on every road trip.
- Fig Newtons
- Pretzels – This snack comes in all shapes and sizes. We like the pretzel sticks for road trip because we can use them to eat cheese cubes and dip them into our peanut butter.
- Pepperonis – A great easy protein snack.
- Popcorn – Throw a couple bags in microwave before you head out the door. Not only is it a great snack but the car will smell great!
Snack Bags for Each Kid
My kids like to have their own stuff. My three little ones have always had their own backpacks and snack bags when we travel. That way there are less “discussions” over who ate someone’s “favorite” snack, everyone starts out with the same amount. They also keep their trash in their own snack bags which means less mess for mom to clean!
I normally buy a few extra lunch boxes right after the back to school seasons. You can also find some great bento lunch organizers on-sale during that time too. Stock up so that you’ll be prepared for your next road trip!
Happy Toddlers Equal Happy Road Trips
Choosing the right snack for a family on-the-go is never easy, but hopefully these ideas will help on your next journey. One of the best ways to keep the kids excited about the snack selection is to keep them hidden and only pull out a few at a time. My kids know that a new state line means a new snacks!
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