The Godfather and I jokingly call ourselves “the circus”, and did so even before tiny humans. We move a lot for his job, and travel quite a bit on our own. In fact, we averaged it out and found we hit the road for an overnight trip about every three months. There are day trip adventures about once a month. The wanderlust is strong in our house. When we travel, we definitely enjoy our share of treat foods, but we also try to pack more nutritious snack options to balance treats, especially on days we won’t be as active and are just on the road.
Packing healthy snacks for a family road trip is a skill, darlings. The Godfather and I aren’t huge snackers, so I used to just grab whatever we had in the house before we left, fill up our water bottles, and we were off! You can’t do this when you road trip with kids because they are snacking professionals. So we adjust, learn, and pack accordingly. 😉
A few weekends ago, we needed a break, so we drive out to the Shenandoah Caverns to tour the caves and explore the area. Princess A requested the “caves” story out of this book for nearly three weeks straight at bedtime, so we thought she’d love this adventure. The drive isn’t too far, but it’s far enough that I knew we’d need snacks.
When I pack road trip snacks, I look to balance practicality and nutritional content. I do tend to avoid nut butter packs since our little ones are still young and I don’t want the car to get too messy. We stick to items like:
- apples – whole, or if sliced, I add a bit of lemon juice to the bag to prevent browning
- nuts and trail mixes
- protein bars
- popcorn – sweet or savory
- Coleman Steak Snacks – Original Recipe, Sweet Teriyaki, or Cracked Pepper
The last one is a newer addition for me. I had the opportunity to try Coleman Steak Snacks as part of the Mom Blog Tour, and enjoyed the flavor. The snacks are well seasoned – cracked pepper being my favorite – and the package size is perfect for sharing on a road trip. Right now you can find Coleman Steak Snacks in stores like REI primarily in the Southeast, but they’re expanding to the Midwest. For the ultimate in convenience though, order right from their website (link above).
Having high protein options to balance the sweeter “quick sugar” options like fruit keeps our road trips smooth so we can enjoy beautiful views and time together. Happy travels!
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