Have you ever been driving on an open stretch of highway and get that deep hungry pain that won’t go away? Then you look around and no gas station is in sight for miles and miles! Avoid the issue altogether, plan ahead and pack some snacks that when that hunger does strike you are prepared! Below is a list of portable road trip snacks to help calm that grumbling tummy! While you’re here, make sure to check out these 14 Road Trip Hacks & Tips.

Avoid the last minute overpriced pit stops with these 10 road trip snacks.

10 Road Trip Snacks to Pack For Your Next Trip

One thing I like to do is grab resealable bags, and create single serve bags that are easy to grab and eat. If you buy the individual packages on some of these items, you do pay a premium price. You can easily create your own single serve bags of road trip snacks for a fraction of the price.

1. Nuts and Dried Fruit

Genius Idea: Have a car snack kit

Any nuts or dried fruit are great for traveling! Or if you are feeling adventurous, grab a trail mix. If it contains any chocolate candies, pack it in a cooler if it is a hot day so it won’t melt! These travel nicely and are easy to eat on the go.

2. Fruits and Vegetables

When you pack fruits and vegetables just make sure that the items carry well. Bananas can bruise very easily and berries, if dropped, could stain your upholstery. Carrots, edamame, bell peppers, sliced cucumbers, grapes, apples, and oranges, are all great snack options. If you take them, peel the orange ahead of time or slice up the peppers or cucumbers so you can easily grab and eat. Even add in a little container of hummus for added flavor if you like to dip your veggies.

3. Popcorn

Whether you like to make your own popcorn or prefer to buy the pre-packaged kind, popcorn is a great road trip snack option! I’m sure you’re thinking about the potential mess, but use this snack tray idea from Sarah Halstead to reduce spillage. Just make sure to have a drink handy, as all that salt might make you thirsty!

This movie night snack tray is perfect for road trip snack storage.

4. Crackers and Cookies

Both of these are a huge winner in my book. I love to pack cheese style crackers or even the ones filled with peanut butter. For cookies just make sure if it is hot, if it is dipped in chocolate, you have a cooler so it won’t melt. Sandwich cookies are great to curb those sweet tooth cravings and travel well.

5. Beef Jerky

Beef jerky is a great protein-packed snack, that travels amazingly well! If you make your own, try this jerky recipe from Self-Proclaimed Foodie. Beef jerky is definitely one of my favorite road trip snacks, but keep in mind when you pit stop jerky is EXPENSIVE!

Smoked Beef Jerky Recipe by Self-Proclaimed Foodie

6. String Cheese

I am a huge fan of string cheese, it’s a great way to get some protein and dairy in! They travel great and are super tasty!

7. Hard Boiled Eggs

You can cook up a few eggs and peel them, and toss in a bag or container. These make a great snack and help get you full and give you a boost of energy! If you like to add a little salt, save any little packs you get at fast food restaurants. Store them in your car, and you can easily sprinkle over your egg!

8. Protein Bars

Peanut Butter Energy Bars - Fit Foodie Finds

Some protein bars are packed full of sugar, so look for the ones that contain mainly just nuts, seeds or fruit! These are a better option and will help fill you up! These chewy peanut butter banana granola bars from Fit Foodie Finds is the perfect homemade road trip snack.

9. Fruit Snacks and Gummy Treats

If you have little kids that will be traveling with you, fruit snacks are a tasty treat! You can buy any brand or variety you want, to help give you a little boost! Or pack some licorice, gummy bears, gummy worms or whatever gummy treat you love! Sometimes I just love gummies when we travel, it feels like it makes the trip more fun!

10. Homemade Brownies or Cookies

If you like to bake, whip up a batch of cookies or brownies! They travel well and will help satisfy your sweet craving! Or if you don’t cook you can totally buy some pre-packaged ones!

10 Must Have Road Trip Snacks

Pack a few drinks and some snacks and hit the open road! Have your snacks at arms reach, so whenever you feel a craving, grab and devour! Also, check out these snack options every lazy parent needs to know!

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  1. Yes to all of these yummy car trip snacks! It’s so simple to toss it all into a (clean) new plastic tackle box or a bento box and toss in your bag even while running errands, and not just for trips!

  2. Keeping handy food for a road trip is a must in my vehicle! With 2 always-hungry boys (and a husband), we have to keep snacks around to prevent hangry episodes. A mom can never have too many snacks on hand!

  3. These healthy car trip snacks are great. We especially like building our own trail mix with nuts and dried fruits. Sometimes we add a little chocolate too!

  4. I used to only grab the same snack over and over again whenever I went on long trips. I’m looking forward to looking at these car trip snacks for some inspiration when I drive to visit friends this summer!