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My mom was always so organized when we went on road trips or family holidays. Not only did she make sure that everyone’s luggage was properly packed, but her road trip snack basket was always filled with tasty and delicious snacks and treats. I’m not nearly as organised as my mom and so I’m always looking for quick and easy ways to keep everyone happy on long trips.
What are your best ever road trip snacks? Do you have any family favourites that are included every time you go on vacation?
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We always pack a lunch box with lots of sections, like a bento box as well as a cool metal box for fruit.
In the lunch box, I’ll mix it up and pack popcorn, pretzels, hummus and crackers, qukes, homemade mini muffins, sultanas mix and mini pickle, ham, cheese wraps.
Also mini packs of veggie chips and water bottles as well.
I like to get the kids involved in the road trip snacks. We take them shopping, and they pick out all of their favorites (which are usually rather non-nutritious).
We use their snacks as a bribe to get them to eat the nutritious food that I pack, like cut-up apples, fruit, cheese, and PBJ sandwiches. Knowing that they need to eat what I have prepared before they can dig into their yummy snacks gives them the incentive to eat what I packed.
Also, I find that including the kids in the packing and prep process helps them "buy into" the trip more and makes it a more enjoyable time.
I love this question! As a foodie, I love a good challenge in creating fun snack baskets for road trips.
I try to find snacks they don't have everyday...whether it's finding something special at Trader Joe's or Costco, the element of surprise always wins them over in the car. I also do a mix of homemade and store-bought snacks.
Some favorite homemade snacks are: rice crispie treats, muffins, breakfast cookies, energy balls, popcorn snack mix or "GORP" (trail mix), mini fruit cups, container with a homemade meat and cheese board (pepperoni, crackers, grapes)
Some favorite store-bought snacks are: hummus+pretzel packs, Nutella+breadstick packs, pouches for the baby, yogurt pouches or sticks (freeze them first so they stay cool longer!), Pirates booty, spreadable cheese and crackers
I have beautiful childhood memories of road trips with my family. Our snacks were used to be a combination of homemade and store bought snacks.
When my kids were younger, we were used to travel a lot. My travelling experiences as a child helped me in getting more organized while planning trips for my kids. Over the years I have developed a packing list for road trips, it helps in making sure that all necessary things are with us.
I usually use disposable glasses and plates for the road trips because it’s more convenient. Having separate water bottles for everyone makes it easier to make sure that we stay hydrated. As for snacks it depends how far we have to go.
Usually for a drive between 2 – 3 hours we prefer fruits, chips, roasted peanuts, homemade cookies, chocolates and beverages e.g. water, fresh or packaged juices & milk. In case we have to go on a long road trip, I prefer insulated lunch boxes or cooler to store snacks and meals and along with snacks we pack wraps, kababs, roasted chicken or sandwiches as meal on wheels.
I make sure that children put wrappers and used paper plates in a garbage bag. They have also learned that left over snacks are to be packed separately because food should never be wasted.
We are a large family with 7 kids and snacks are always planned for road trips or it gets way too expensive. We have learned that stopping for lunch is so much cheaper if you buy it from a grocery store so we often do this rather than visit a take out store or get fast food for lunch.
As for snacks, individual servings definitely work best rather than trying to get everyone to share. We use little zip lock bags with things like cookies and chips and always have a good supply of fruit for car snacks. We only allow water in the car and each child brings their own drink bottle. This makes it simple and limits the back seat fighting :)