The bags are packed and the car is gassed up, so you’re ready to roll on that summer road trip, right? Not so fast! You need to pack one more thing. Snacks. While it’s easy to pick up something salty or sweet during your next fill up or at a potty break, be kinder to your waistline (and maybe your wallet) by bringing your own road trip snacks.
Treat your road trip a little like a picnic; pack a basket or a tote bag with snacks that keep well at room temperature. Just be safe, keep them out of direct sunlight and don’t store your snacks in the trunk.
Packing a cooler isn’t a bad idea either. Keep things cold with reusable freezer packs or frozen water bottles. Keep the cooler tightly closed and out of direct sunlight.
- Cheese cubes
- Peeled hard-boiled eggs
- Fruit: sectioned oranges, apple wedges and grapes
- Vegetables: baby carrots, celery sticks and grape or cherry tomatoes
- 100% fruit or vegetable juices
- Sandwiches and wraps: turkey and cheese, ham and cheese, peanut butter and jelly
Keep things clean! Don’t forget napkins or paper towels, wet napkins, hand sanitizer, extra plastic bags for trash and plastic silverware. Toss trash at each stop, so your car stays tidy.