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Best snacks to pack for road trips

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What is a road trip without snacks? If you are traveling in a large group or with children, snacks are a must-have to pack. With kids, eating on the go and keeping your interior crumb-free is a task. However, you can provide healthy, mess-free snacks for everyone with preparation and knowledge. Here are some of our top tips on packing food for the road:

PREPARE BITES AHEAD OF TIME

To avoid being late, we recommend prepping snack bags the night before your trip. Keep in mind: bite-sized, mess-free meal options are the way to go. When shopping at the store, consider including protein, fruits, vegetables, and sweet treats. Additionally, we recommend using a reusable, closable container (like tupperware), just in case you don’t finish all of it in one go.

STICK WITH EASY OR NO PREP MEALS

If you don’t have enough time or want additional easy food options, you can buy pre-packaged items from the grocery store. Most stores will have snacks that you and the rest of the family can consume in one sitting. We highly discourage big bags of chips or crackers that will leave you with crumbs. Here are some of our must-have bites for when you’re on the go:

  • Chewy granola bars
  • Hand-held fruits such as apples, berries, bananas, and grapes
  • Pre-packaged vegetable packets, such as carrots and celery
  • Trail mix and nuts
  • Fruit snacks
  • String cheese
  • Sandwiches and wraps

BE ALERT FOR SPILLS AND MESSES

The easiest way to keep your vehicle tidy during a trip is to give everyone in the car their trash bag and hand wipes or napkins. Bring extra because you may need them for the ride back home as well! 

To help prevent headaches on your road trip, feel free to take your vehicle to John’s Auto Care for a pre-trip vehicle inspection. Our knowledgeable team will take care of any problems under the hood, so you can focus on packing and having a good time.