What’s in your road trip snack bag?


Having food in the car is a controversial subject. Remember this story about how messy our car can get after a long trip?

We’ve made some improvements since then. Special thanks to the reader who suggested we use a 2 1/2 gallon zip bag, that really helps to contain the garbage and avoid spilling.

We also heard from many folks with suggestions on mess-free food.

But our kids (and, ahem, certain adults) are very fussy about what they eat. Add diet concerns and nutrition to the mix and now we think we’ve come up with a pretty awesome snack bag.

The first thing we did was separate items that need to be kept refrigerated. Since our kids are still small we can fit a small cooler in the foot well along the back seat. We also travel with a larger cooler in the trunk to keep food from spoiling as we go from one vacation home to the next.

Snacks that don’t need to keep cool are packed into a soft pack cooler kept in the foot well of the front passenger. Oh that we might have a bigger car sometime!

I’m sure you’ve your own master snack list too. Let us know if we missed anything or if you think we’d do better with something different.

In the snack bag:
Dried Fruit (raisins, apricot, apple, pineapple, coconut, etc.)
Apples
Granola Bars
Protein Bars
Trail Mix (make your own or store bought)
Graham Crackers
Cookies
Crackers

In the cooler:
Cheese
Lunch Meat
Yogurt
Hummus
Carrots
Cucumbers/Celery
Apple slices

Kari Haugeto

Kari is a serial entrepreneur with an education addiction and a profound curiosity that, more often then not, fuels some pretty incredible adventures. Currently her attention is focused on social and digital media technology and she is developing a project with her family of five and a variety of sponsors to share their cross-country adventures online in an interactive, socially responsible, educational and authentic manner.


  • MusicMom

    One thing is missing: water. I never gave my kids juice because if it spilled it was one sticky mess. My kids had water bottles that were easily refilled by the gallon jug up front (handled by my co-pilot/husband).

  • beachlovin

    I agree with MusicMom. A always bring water on road trips. Juice and sports drinks get guzzled down too quick. As a result, you’re constantly making pit stops to use the bathroom. If I bring water, they drink just enough to quench their thirst and stay hydrated.