By: Jennifer Murray

Kid Friendly Snacks for the Road

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As we prepare to hit the road this week, I’m making my grocery list for our adventure. We like to make as few stops as possible, so that means we eat on the go most of the time. Snacks help pass the time and keep spirits happy too, so it’s a WIN for everyone! 

Here’s What Made Our Kid-Friendly Snacks for the Road Grocery List:

  • Bottled Water
  • Grapes
  • Cheese Sticks
  • Bananas
  • 100% Juice Boxes
  • Baby Carrots
  • Dry Cereal
  • Apple Slices
  • Lightly Salted Cashews
  • Yogurt
  • Peanut Butter Crackers
  • Dried Fruit
  • Chewy Granola Bars
  • Animal Crackers
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Sun Chips

What are YOUR favorite road trip munchies? 

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19 Responses to “Kid Friendly Snacks for the Road”

  1. jennifer pletcher
    March 14, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    We do the same thing! We have parents that live 8 hours away from us, so when we go and visit them, we make ONE stop on our travels. (our kids are a bit older than yours). So, we take along a lot of snacks and we even pack our lunch/dinner depending. We try hard not to fill up on fast food. I LOVE the little trays you have pictured above – and those cupcake holders look like they are made of rubber? Too cute! We always take a large cooler, and fill it with fruit and life water/bottled water. Then we have various types of crackers and pretzels for munching!

    Happy road trip!

    • QuatroMama
      March 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

      Sounds like our trips! Thanks for the well wishes!

  2. Beth
    March 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    My new FAVORITE heatlhy, easy-to-eat-in-car snack are GoGoSqueez applesauce. I get at Costco. My kids BEG me for them and they are all natural so I feel good giving them to the kids!

    • QuatroMama
      March 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

      Beth, I’m going to have to look for these at Costco next trip. Are they in the snack section? Genius!

      • Alexa
        March 15, 2011 at 3:25 am #

        Walmart sells them too! We just picked some up for our kiddos and they LOVE them. And, I love that they are all natural ingredients, with no added sugar!

        • Alexa
          March 15, 2011 at 3:31 am #

          I meant to add that we make PB&J sandwiches, and Turkey and Cheese sandwiches which we freeze, and pack along in the cooler with frozen yogurt containers,for easy snacking throughout the long car trip.
          We also pack those 100 calories snack packs, string cheese, apple slices (we cut them ahead of time and place in ziploc baggies), and homemade trail mix (peanuts, raisins, goldfish, choc chips or mini M&Ms).
          We also wrap up some dollar store treats/toys for our kids to open up each hour to help pass the time in the car.
          We try to only stop for gas/ bathroom breaks.

          Have a fun trip!

  3. Kaia
    March 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    It look like you have most of the easiest ones-crackers, cookies, apples, we even make sandwiches on the road and hand them to the back… Have a fun trip! Family road trips are among my favorite memories!

    • QuatroMama
      March 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

      Thanks, Kaia! I do a lot of handing back in the van! Excited for the memories the most!

  4. stephanie@bowmania
    March 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    Puppy Chow!!! 🙂 It’s great! 🙂

    • QuatroMama
      March 14, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

      Oh YUM! Will you make me some? =)

  5. Leah
    March 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    A big favorite here for lunch/dinner on the road (or at any other time!) is peanut butter & honey sandwiches – the best part is, no refrigeration required!! I would definitely trust my 4-yr-old with this in the car, but not my messy, messy 2-yr-old 😉

    • QuatroMama
      March 14, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

      Great suggestion, Leah! Thanks for sharing your “real-life” advice!

  6. Lana
    March 14, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    We take along crackers, cheese, summer sausage, grapes, water, juice boxes, and Gatorade (G2 version). I like your list!

    • QuatroMama
      March 14, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

      I haven’t tried summer sausage with my boys -great suggestions!

  7. Kate
    March 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    My boys LOVE the organic “fruit smoothies” from like Ella’s Kitchen or Plum Organics. (http://www.plumorganics.com/for_tots_mish_mash.php) They’re pretty pricey at around $1 – $1.29 each depending on brand and if you find a sale. BUT, they’re PERFECT for travel in those little pouches…NO MESS! And a healthy snack. I only buy them for special occassions like of we’re going to be out and about alot one week, or traveling to see our quad friends in Indy. 🙂 The other downside is I don’t see them very often other than Babies R Us in the food section.

    I’m lovin’ Beth’s suggestion for the GoGoApplesauce. Definitely gonna look for that at Costco!

  8. Anne Blackburn
    March 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    It was fun reading your suggestions!

    The squeeze apple sauce (and yogurt) is a must for us. My kids love the special treat of Pringles, also. They have small snack-size cans; one for each kiddo! 🙂

    I always make a home-made chex mix for the road, too. Pretzels, cereal, nuts, dried fruit, and some M & Ms.

    Safe travels to you and your family!!!

  9. Lindsey
    April 9, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    love the silicone cupcake holders!

    we usually make a trailmix with some nuts, unsweetened dried fruit and chocolate covered sunflower seeds for something special.

    i also make snack packs with chunks of salami or turkey, cheese and crackers to keep in the cooler.

  10. Larissa
    May 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Oh, this is just perfect for an upcoming 12 hr trip. Great post!!!

  11. Rachel
    August 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    Trail mix

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