On the Road Again: Options for Kid-Friendly, Road-Tripping Snacks

Packing up the kids and heading on vacation this month? Don’t leave home without a variety of snacks to munch on, especially if you don’t plan on stopping much (except for necessary potty breaks and a meal or two).

Here are some easy options for road-trip snacks.

  • Cleaned and sliced raw vegetables
  • Apples, oranges, bananas, grapes
  • Snack-size dried fruit
  • Granola bars
  • String cheese
  • Yogurt in a tube
  • Pretzels
  • Roasted soy nuts
  • Baked, flavored rice or popcorn cakes
  • Sugar free Jell-O cups/fat-free pudding cups (with plastic spoons)
  • Reduced fat cookies/crackers
  • Whole wheat mini bagels with light cream cheese (slice and spread at home)
  • Finger sandwiches made with lean meats and low-fat cheese or hummus
  • A mixture of pistachios and dried cherries or cranberries

And for a tasty treat that’s easy to take along for the ride, try these Rice Krispie Balls.

What you need:

  • 2  (1.4-ounce) chocolate-covered toffee candy bars
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 16  regular size marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • Canola oil


  • Leave candy bars in the wrapper and crush into small pieces. Place Rice Krispies in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Put peanut butter in a medium-size microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high until hot, about 45 seconds. Add marshmallows and microwave on high until softened, about 30 seconds.
  • Work quickly and stir to combine mixture with Rice Krispies until evenly coated.
  • Add crushed candy bars and chocolate chips. Stir until combined.
  • Coat your hands with oil and shape mixture into spheres.
  • For added fun, you can use white chocolate, candy melts, sprinkles, and lollipop sticks to make Krispie Pops!

When it comes to road trips, what are your must-have snacks?

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