Road Trips can be a really fun part of summer if you are prepared. Have you ever been caught off guard with a longer-than-expected car ride that has your entire family regretting their decision to step foot in the car? I have! And it is so miserable for everyone! Since then, I have vowed not to be underprepared when it comes to snacks and activities in the car, even on a short trip to Grandma’s house.
My Take on other Pinterest Ideas I have Seen
I have seen so many cute ideas of people organizing their kids’ snacks in compartmentalized containers and while it looks cute, can you even imagine the mess
if when that spills?! No thank you! I have come up with a few tips that will hopefully help you keep your snacking mess under control on your next road trip.
7 Tips for Road Trip Snacks
#1. No Crumbs: Because I really try to keep my car as mess-free as possible, I really try to get snacks that don’t have any crumbs. Most likely food will be spilled and it always makes it so much worse when everyone’s stuff is piled at the bottom of the car floor and everyone steps on those goldfish crackers.
#2. Have Pre-Portioned Snack Bags: I try not to be a control freak, but sometimes I am. One thing I really try to keep under control with my kids is candy consumption. I hate it when my kids are hyper because of too much sugar and besides, it just plain isn’t healthy for you. But I am also not the type to restrict my kids to a sugar-free diet – because candy is delicious! So I try to stay in the middle of the road by portioning out how much they can have. This is a super handy way to divvy out snacks in the car. It also helps control the clutter in the car. Here are the snack bags that I used in this post. They are the perfect size for little kids.
#3 Have a Garbage Can Just for the Kids: Snacks always have wrappers or bags of some sort and if you don’t have a garbage readily available kids usually end up just throwing it on the floor (at least mine do!) 🙁 We are still working on that apparently.
#4 Keep the Snacks with You: Depending on the age of your kids, if you give them free rein of the snacks, they will be gone within minutes. This leaves you with no ammo for the remainder of the trip! Hand the snacks out slowly between potty breaks.
#5 Let the Kids Help Pick out Snacks: Decide ahead of time what your car rules are (ex: no crumbs, or no chocolate) and let the kids help out what snacks they get in the car. This makes the trip more exciting and something they can look forward to.
#6 Keep Snack Organized in Bins: Doing this will significantly help you to keep everything organized and in one place. The bins that I use in this post are the best possible bins that I have seen for use in the car. The lid stays on perfectly, they are sturdy and they are short enough to fit under seats.
#7 Check the Bulk Bins: Don’t forget to check the Bulk Bins at your local grocery store. Often times the food is cheaper and there is a big variety of foods that are perfect for this type of situation.
Here are some Not-So-Healthy Road Trip Snack Ideas :
- Trail Mix
- Gummy Bears
- Jelly Beans
- Skippy PB Bites
- Rice Krispy Treats
- Fruit Leather
- Dried Craisins
- Nutri Grain Bars
- Fruit Snacks
- Granola Bars
Healthy Snack Ideas:
- Carrot Sticks
- Celery and Peanut Butter
Here are the bags and the Sterilite Bins that I used in this post:
I hope I was able to give you some ideas or inspiration for your next road trip with your kids! Look for my upcoming post where I have some great activity ideas for a road trip with kids! What are some of your best tips for traveling with kids?