Healthy Snacks for Road Trips

If you’re anything like me, you get sick of eating junk food on the road.  The first bite of packaged snacks on a road trip might taste good; but the more snacks I eat and the more restaurants we stop at, the more I start craving a real home cooked meal.

I just read a great post today at Heavenly Homemakers suggesting that you actually make a casserole before  traveling, and take it with you in the car to eat.   Remember to take along your paper plates, forks, napkins, etc…  Then you can avoid costly meals at restaurants, and you can still feel like you’ve eaten a healthy meal.  What a great idea!  I thought her traveling casserole idea was definitely worth sharing.  If you read her post, you’ll also get a few more ideas for healthy snacks and meals while you travel.

I grew up on bologna and pickle loaf sandwiches on our family road trips.  I know my parents were always trying to save a buck by packing a lunch so we wouldn’t have to eat out at restaurants on our road trips.  We’d usually have a cooler with pop to drink, mayo and mustard, and the beloved bologna and pickle loaf.  If we were extra lucky, we even got pickles, carrot sticks, and grapes! The car would usually be stocked with other snacks to last us until the destination and to avoid those expensive convenience stores at the fill up stations.

There are only so many sandwiches one can eat. Believe it or not, there are lots of other great things to eat – even while traveling in the car. Obviously, it takes a little more time to prepare healthy snacks and meals before a trip, but it just might be worth the time.

I’ve posted about easy vacation recipes in the past.  That post gives you some snack ideas as well as a great recipe for cooking while traveling if you have a kitchen available.

When you’re thinking about what you should take for your next road trip, consider things that don’t get smashed as easily, especially if you have children.  Though Doritos are delicious, there are lots of other healthy options. 

Here are a few healthy snacks to take on your next road trip:

  • Fresh or dried fruit (grapes, raisins, apples, oranges … )
  • Muffins (I often freeze banana muffins and pull them out of the freezer when it’s time to go somewhere.  They’re usually defrosted by snack time.)
  • Carrot and celery sticks
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Yogurt (don’t forget spoons!)

What kinds of healthy snacks and meals do you like to eat when you’re taking a road trip?


  1. says

    The last time my husband and I took a road trip, we ate so much fast food that we finally had to stop at an Olive Garden to get anything resembling vegetables. And they weren’t even deep-fried!

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