It’s Summer, and prime time for taking road trips, camping trips and vacations. In a few weeks, we will be taking a road trip to camp, hike and see some waterfalls around Colorado, and I can’t wait! Bringing our own snacks on a road trip helps us to save money, avoid the highly-processed gas station foods and skip the greasy fast food stops. But eating healthy on the go (especially in the car) can be challenging. And finding healthy snacks that are easily portable, healthy AND do not need to be refrigerated is half the battle. Luckily, I have you covered!
I like to indulge a little when I go on road trips. And even though I like to indulge, I still try to pick the healthiest indulgence options when it comes to road trip snacks. This list is compiled of my 13 favorite road trip snacks that are gluten free, dairy free, grain free and require no refrigeration.
Now, I usually would suggest a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for healthy snacking options, and if you have a cooler then by all means, stock it with as much fresh produce as you can! But there are those trips where it is easier to pack foods that are not easily perishable, can withstand the heat in the car and can get a little mangled. That is why for this list, I chose my top healthy snack options that can be taken in the car, camping, hiking, to theme parks and other summer destinations, without the need for a cooler. Whether you are a sweet or salty person, there is a snack on this list to satisfy your road trip cravings.
These convenient little packs are not just for kids. They are made with real fruit, vegetables and chia seeds for a protein boost. These convenient squeeze pouches also have a twist off lid in case you want to save some for later. I highly recommend the cherry beet flavor, it’s amazing!
Tomatoes are a great little snack to bring, because tomatoes actually do better when they are not refrigerated. Buying your grape tomatoes pre-packaged in a plastic container also helps to keep them from getting squashed. Just remember to rinse them before you leave on your trip, so they are ready to go when you want to eat them.
How can you not eat chips on a road trip?! These garden veggie chips taste just like the original Pringles, but they are made with potatoes, spinach, broccoli and peas. At 14 chips per serving and a healthy dose of veggies, it may be hard not to eat them all in one sitting.
Chef’s Cut Chicken Jerky, Honey Barbeque Flavor
If you like jerky and honey barbeque flavor, then you will love this chicken jerky. It is made with all natural ingredients, no fillers and is very moist.
Although bananas run the risk of getting bruised, they are still a great snack to bring along. They have no fat, are low in calories and pack a powerful nutrient punch for those times when you need a little pick me up. Tip: buy greener bananas to help them last longer during a road trip, as they ripen in the heat. Just make sure to pack these last, so they won’t get squashed.
Apples are a great road trip snack because they are low in calories and full of fiber, which can be challenging to get when you are on the road. Make sure to wash your apples before packing them for your road trip, and pack them towards the top of your snacks to avoid bruising.
Rise Bars, Lemon Cashew Flavor
This protein bar is one of my absolute favorites! It is made with 4 ingredients (coconut nectar, pea protein, lemon and cashews), has 15 grams of protein to keep you full and tastes amazing! They make the perfect snack or a great breakfast option. Fair warning though, these bars are addicting!
These paleo-based bars are great because they only have a handful of all-natural ingredients, which is very important when you are trying to stay healthy during your road trip. They have nine different flavors (not including their seasonal flavors) and they also have three kids’ flavor bars. My favorite flavors are Mint Chocolate, Maple Sea Salt, and Pumpkin Spice (seasonal). Tip: I like to leave mine on the dashboard for a little while, and let it warm up. It tastes like a warm, soft-baked cookie.
If you have not tried these Bare Organic Apple Chips, then you are missing out! These crispy apple chips hit the spot when you want something sweet. They come in original and cinnamon flavor and I highly recommend cinnamon.
Epic Jerky Bars, Chicken Siracha Flavor
This perfectly portioned jerky bar combines a moist and savory piece of jerky with a kick of siracha. While it does have a kick, the spice is not unbearable. Epic Jerky Bars come in a variety of flavors and meats, and are also all-natural.
Nuts are a great road trip snack because they are compact and easy to eat. Plus, they are filled with healthy fats to keep your energy up during those long and lonely stretches of highway. My favorite nuts are cashews, but any type of nut is perfect for road trips.
Pepitas are pumpkin seeds without their white shell. You can buy them raw, roasted or roasted and salted. They are full of healthy fats and protein and make the perfect snack for driving down the road. Switch out your sunflower seeds for pepitas and enjoy the nutty flavor without the mess of spitting out shells.
If you are looking for a sweet treat on a road trip, look no further than Larabars. There are over 20 different flavors, and they can withstand getting a little mangled and melted while in the car. Larabars are made with all-natural ingredients including fruits, nuts and spices, so you can indulge and still feel healthy! While they are a little high in calories, you can rest assure that they are healthy calories mainly coming from fruit and nuts. I have a box of Apple Pie Larabars ready and waiting for my road trip!
In addition to these healthy road trip snacks, here are a few road tripping tips to help you stay clean and organized while in the car:
Pack All Snacks In A Crate Or Tote
This way, things won’t get squashed when the snacks accidentally get stepped on or caught in between a heavy piece of luggage. Placing snacks in a tote or crate also provides a central location for all your snacking needs.
Leave The Boxes At Home
It is a lot easier to pack snacks in bags or containers instead of the giant boxes they came in.
Don’t Forget The Essentials
Don’t forget to throw in the essentials like napkins, hand sanitizer, a grocery bag to use as a trash bag, wet wipes, and plastic sandwich bags. This allows for less mess and easy clean up.
These snacks are also great options to throw in your gym bag for an energy boost after your workout, check out my blog post on what I pack in my gym bag here!
What are some of your favorite road trips snacks? I would love to hear what you think of this list and what some of your favorites are too. Leave me a comment below!