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From Culture to Cuisine: A Comprehensive Look at Road Scholar Trip Itineraries

For those seeking an immersive and educational travel experience, look no further than Road Scholar trips. With a wide range of itineraries and destinations, Road Scholar offers unique opportunities to explore the world while learning about history, culture, and cuisine.

Overview of Road Scholar Trips

Road Scholar trips are designed for lifelong learners who want to expand their knowledge and experiences through travel. These trips offer small group sizes and expert-led programming that is tailored to the interests of the group. With over 5,500 programs in 150 countries, there is something for everyone.

Cultural Immersion Trips

One of the key features of Road Scholar trips is the opportunity for cultural immersion. From exploring ancient ruins in Peru to learning traditional weaving techniques in Morocco, these trips allow travelers to fully immerse themselves in local cultures. Expert instructors provide insight into local customs and traditions while also facilitating interactions with locals.

Culinary Tours

For foodies, Road Scholar offers a variety of culinary tours that explore local cuisines. From wine tasting in Tuscany to cooking classes in Thailand, these tours provide a unique opportunity to learn about local ingredients and cooking techniques directly from local chefs and artisans.

Outdoor Adventures

For those who prefer outdoor activities, Road Scholar offers a range of adventures that allow travelers to explore natural landscapes while also learning about local flora and fauna. From hiking in Patagonia to kayaking in the Galapagos Islands, these trips provide a unique blend of adventure and education.

In conclusion, Road Scholar trips offer a comprehensive approach to travel that combines education with exploration. Whether you’re interested in cultural immersion, culinary tours or outdoor adventures – there’s a trip for you. With expert instructors leading small groups through immersive experiences all over the world – what are you waiting for? Start planning your next Road Scholar adventure today.

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Hitting the road? Whether traveling by car or plane to a hotel or rental, you can still make healthy choices.

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When traveling, you want to consider several things before deciding what food to take. First, plan ahead. Before you start packing meals and snacks, determine if you will have the capability of keeping refrigerated foods cold (like a cooler in the car) or if you will need to pack foods that are safe at room temperature. If you are flying, think about which foods can make it through security — yogurt and peanut butter in the jar aren’t allowed. If you do want to eat refrigerated foods on your flight, make sure to eat them early on in your travel, either at the airport or at the start of your flight.

If you are packing cold foods for a car ride, pack foods directly from the fridge into a cooler, and keep meat and poultry separate from foods that will be eaten raw like fresh fruit. The temperature of the cooler should be 40 degrees F or colder and filling your cooler with several inches of ice or using frozen gel packs can help. You can also freeze juice boxes, water bottles, and other beverages to keep your cooler cold. When you do put the cooler in the car, it should be inside the car where it is air-conditioned and not in the trunk.

Best Foods for Traveling by Car

By the time you turn the corner, everyone in the car is begging for food. While chips and cookies can be fun snacks, you may want something more nutritious . Pack a few good-for-you mess-free meals and snacks. To keep things fresh, bring a cooler.

  • Whole-grain pasta salad or quinoa salad
  • Turkey and cheese sandwich on whole-wheat bread
  • Hard-boiled egg and cheese in a whole-wheat pita
  • Sliced fresh fruit like melon and berries
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cheese and whole-grain crackers

If you end up having to hit the grocery store or gas station mart anyway, look for healthier choices.

  • Whole-grain pretzels
  • Hummus cups
  • Coffee or tea (nothing fancy)
  • Fresh or dried fruit
  • Small bowl of oatmeal

Best Foods for Traveling By Plane

Not all flights provide food and some only give you cookies or pretzels as an option, so if you want to stay on track with your healthy eating goals, advanced planning is a must. If you're counting on purchasing food at the airport or on board, you'll pay a pretty penny, plus not all airports carry healthy fare. Instead, pack a few sandwiches and snacks.


  • Cucumber and whipped cream cheese on whole-wheat bread
  • Peanut butter and jelly on rye
  • Grilled chicken, lettuce, tomato and mustard in a whole-grain wrap
  • Hummus with sliced tomato, pepper and cucumber in a whole-wheat pita
  • String cheese
  • Homemade trail mix
  • Nonfat Greek yogurt
  • Whole fruit (plums, peaches, banana)
  • Cut vegetables (carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, celery)
  • Seaweed snacks

Foods to Pack for the Hotel

Traveling always makes me hungry, and the last thing I want to do is check into my hotel and run to the vending machine. Instead, I ask ahead if there is a supermarket nearby and if the room has a refrigerator and microwave oven.

At the supermarket, I pick up easy finger foods that require little or no prep, such as fruits, pre-cut veggies or baby carrots, dry roasted nuts, Greek yogurt, and whole-grain cereal and milk. If there's a microwave, I bring snacks like popcorn.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day .

*This article was written and/or reviewed by an independent registered dietitian nutritionist.

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20 Healthy Travel Snacks Your Future Jet-Lagged Self Will Thank You For

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Aim for a minimum of 4 grams each of protein and fiber per snack (as in one apple and a small piece of cheese), and bring options so you’ll never go longer than four hours without a bite. Keep added sugar to a minimum (under 6 grams). That way, you can enjoy real dessert once you arrive. Munch on anything that needs refrigeration within four hours of heading to the airport , on a road trip , or out to sea. Don’t forget to plan for unexpected delays, too.

Take things that work as a light bite on their own or in a combo for a heartier snack. The best way to do this is by following the 3-2-1 rule : Pack three small snack items you know you always like eat (yogurt, cheese sticks, nut-based bars, etc.), two drinks, and at least one piece of fresh produce .

Here's how you can meet your quota:

Peeled Snacks Dried Fruit (4 Count)

Dried Fruit (4 Count)

Go for unsweetened versions like this variety pack from Peeled Snacks. Dried mango, pineapple, apples, or other options like pears and cherries will fill you up with fiber whether you eat them solo or as part of a trail mix.

KIND Pressed by KIND Fruit Bars, Strawberry Apple Chia (12 Count)

Pressed by KIND Fruit Bars, Strawberry Apple Chia (12 Count)

At 100–150 calories, you can use these fruit-based bars as a light nosh between meals. Don't miss the Pressed by KIND bars with chocolate for sweeter treat. 

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Classic Peanut Butter Squeeze Packs

Nut or seed butter packs provide stick-to-your-ribs healthy fats and you can add them to crackers, cereal, oatmeal, fruit, or other snacks you've packed. Bonus: Packs smaller than 3 ounces, like these ones, get the thumbs-up from TSA . 

Nature Valley Protein Chewy Granola Bars, Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate (20 Count)

Protein Chewy Granola Bars, Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate (20 Count)

These heartier bars filled with 100% whole grains work as a base for breakfast, or reach for them when you’re nearing the 3- to 4-hour mark but won’t eat for at least an hour or two.

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RXBAR Real Food Protein Bar, Peanut Butter & Berries (12 Count)

Real Food Protein Bar, Peanut Butter & Berries (12 Count)

Another filling choice, RXBARs pack in 12 grams of protein with ingredients like egg whites, dates, and nuts.

LÄRABAR Fruit & Nut Bar, Cherry Pie (16 Count)

Fruit & Nut Bar, Cherry Pie (16 Count)

Lärabars also get the thumbs-up because they're fruit- and nut-based. Plus, they're easy to find in most gas stations, convenience stores, or wherever you're loading up on snacks. 

Rule Breaker Plant-Based Deep Chocolate Brownie (4 Count)

Plant-Based Deep Chocolate Brownie (4 Count)

These brownies are actually made from black bean flour, so they're a better option than what you'll find at the airport coffee shop. 

Biena Roasted Chickpea Snacks, Sea Salt (10 Count)

Roasted Chickpea Snacks, Sea Salt (10 Count)

Reach for these 1.5-ounce snack packs for plant-based protein and fiber. 

Bob's Red Mill Classic Oatmeal Cups (12 Count)

Classic Oatmeal Cups (12 Count)

Oats are an easy base for when you're at a hotel or during any travel experience. When you're making breakfast on the go, aim for about 300 calories, 6+ grams of protein and fiber, and around 8 grams or less of added sugar.

Wild Friends Oats and Nut Butter Cups, Almond Cashew (6 Count)

Oats and Nut Butter Cups, Almond Cashew (6 Count)

These oatmeal cups come with nut butter packets attached so all you need to do for a super-filling breakfast is add hot water and mix.

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Eda-Zen Cruncha ma-me Edamame Veggie Snack (8 Count)

Cruncha ma-me Edamame Veggie Snack (8 Count)

One snack-sized bag of these freeze-dried edamame contains 90 calories but 8 grams of fiber, plus 10% of your daily value for iron. 

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Unsweetened Greek yogurt is a great way to get portable protein. Stick to the plain versions and choose in your own add-in, like unsweetened dried fruit or nut butter, to avoid the added sugar found in many flavored varieties. (FYI: You can't bring cups bigger than 3 ounces through security , so plan on buying it once you get to the gate.)

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Skyr is another great way to go. Pick low-fat or non-fat versions for light snacks; full-fat is fine if you’re looking for something to hold you over for longer.

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Single-serving packs of refrigerated cheese, like Arla, Babybel, BelGioioso, or Polly-O can also help you get protein on-the-go.

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Whisps Cheese Crisps (12 Count)

These 1-ounce bags of dried cheese crisps can actually stay in your suitcase if you're really planning ahead. 

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Coconut Cashew Grain-Free Granola

With sunflower seeds, cashews, coconut flakes, and pumpkin seeds, this hearty granola can get stirred into milk or yogurt, or just eat a scoop on its own.  

Kashi 7 Grain Sea Salt Pita Crisps (12 Count)

7 Grain Sea Salt Pita Crisps (12 Count)

A handful of whole-grain crackers like these can pair with cheese sticks, fruit, or nut butter. 

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Staying hydrated is the key to savvy travel — especially for long plane rides. (You can thank me when you’re sitting on the tarmac waiting for takeoff … and your plane is #52 in a line.) Plan to bring at least one 16-ounce bottle of plain or sparkling water and one bottle (or cup) of something else unsweetened with you on the plane. Save some bucks by bringing an empty refillable water bottle with you and filling it up at a water fountain once you get through security.

Unsweetened Drinks

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Since the altitude is dehydrating, and turbulence/delays can make beverage service unpredictable, it’s worth the investment to buy a second, unsweetened drink at the airport. Choose coffee, iced tea, lemonade, Bai, LaCroix, Spindrift, or another favorite.

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As the final part of the 3-2-1 rule, always bring at least one piece or one prepackaged snack bag of produce with you. Whether you go for a banana or carrot sticks, a fresh fruit or veggie will help keep you hydrated and full.

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25 Food For Travelling: Ultimate Guide To Packing Healthy Travel Food

When you’re going on a trip, having food packed can help you save money and your mood when hunger strikes. If you are a fitness enthusiast who strives to live a healthy lifestyle, you are probably aware of how difficult it is to do so while on vacation. Any trip to any part of the world, even a short trip, would require you to forego your diet. But what if we told you there’s a way to pack healthy food while traveling? You heard correctly! There is no need for you to succumb to greasy food or oily snacks. Because every stop has several fast food options, you may get forced to eat unhealthy foods. So, here are some healthy food ideas to pack when traveling to ensure that you and your family eat healthy, nutritious food while on vacation. It’s time for you to figure out how to stay healthy while traveling. Here’s your ultimate guide to traveling with a healthy diet.

Dry fruits are small, but they are high in minerals and proteins. Every healthcare professional recommends including a handful of dry fruits in our diet to keep us healthy and fit. Dry fruits come in a plethora of varieties, including raisins, cashew nuts, almonds, pistachios, walnuts, dates, plums, and so on. Dry fruits are said to have a slew of health benefits if consumed in moderation. We’ve compiled a list of dry fruits that add nutritional value to your everyday food and provide you with multiple health benefits.

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There are numerous reasons to pack at least a few healthy travel snacks for your next trip. Packing healthy travel snacks will help you resist the urge to purchase something unhealthy. Another important reason is that packing healthy travel snacks allows you to stick to your nutritious diet and lifestyle even when you’re on the road. It can be hard to stay healthy on the go, but taking the small step of bringing your own nutritious and delicious snacks can make all the difference.

Without further ado, here’s a list of the top 25 healthy travel snacks!

25 Healthy Foods To Pack When You Travel

You pack outfits tailored to your destination, so why not do the same with your snacks? After all, you wouldn’t dress the same in the mountains as you would at the beach. To help make your travel snacking experience as unique as your outfits, we’ve compiled a list of healthy travel snacks appropriate for a variety of destinations and activities.

These wholesome travel snacks are simple to pack and eat, and we hope they enhance your travel experience. Good luck on your journey!

Here are the 25 healthy foods to pack when you travel.

1. Pistachios

Pistachios are an excellent healthy travel snack because they are one of the lowest-fat tree nuts, containing only 100 calories per 32 nuts! They are also high in fiber, potassium, and other essential nutrients.

2. Greek Yogurt

Probiotics are one of the BEST things you can eat while traveling. In a nutshell, probiotics are gut bacteria type that aids digestion while traveling and eating new, unfamiliar foods. Greek yogurt is high in protein and calcium, in addition to probiotics!

Almonds contain a lot of fiber, potassium, protein, and vitamins B and E. They’re also high in biotin, a vitamin that is said to improve the health of your hair, skin, and nails.

4. Avocados

Avocado has been dubbed a “superfood” by health experts, and it’s easy to see why after learning about all of its incredible health benefits. With just one avocado, you can supply your body with slightly less than 1,000 mg of potassium! Not to mention, your body gets an ample amount of calcium, iron, magnesium, and cobalamin, as well as vitamins A, B, C, and D!

5. Peanut Butter or Almond Butter

Pack a small tub of your favorite peanut butter or almond butter to add high-quality fats and protein to a snack. For a healthy travel snack, you can mix it with celery sticks, carrots, apples, or whole-grain crackers.

6. Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are portable and have been shown in studies to improve feelings of happiness and mood swings. These seeds contain tryptophan, which aids in the breakdown of serotonin, the body’s feel-good hormone. They’re also high in healthy fat, protein, calcium, iron, and magnesium!

7. Whole Grain Cereal

Cereal is simple because it comes in convenient little cups, making it an excellent healthy travel snack. Of course, you will want to read the nutrition labels before buying to ensure you’re getting the best whole grains with low sugar, high fiber, and low sodium. You can eat it either with or without milk!

8. Granola or Homemade Granola Bars

If it is healthy snacks you want to munch on while traveling, granola comes out at the top. However, reading labels before purchasing granola will help you choose the healthiest one of the lot. With Fit & Flex Granola, you can even make homemade granola bars. They are a filling and hearty breakfast, on-the-go snack, or even after-dinner treat – and they are super easy to make. You can store homemade granola bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

9.Dried Fruit

Dried fruit is high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. One piece of any dried fruit that you pick contains roughly the same amount of nutrients as one piece of the same fresh fruit but in a much smaller, travel-friendly package!

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Light and airy popcorn is the ideal snack for satisfying your munching desires while staying on track with your health and fitness goals. One cup of air-popped popcorn contains only 30 calories and is high in fiber, as well as many essential vitamins and minerals. Just make sure to leave out the butter and salt!

11.Baby-cut Carrots

Baby-cut carrots are lightweight and portable, and it’s high in vitamins B, C, and K! They’re also high in fiber, so they’ll keep your stomach nice and sated on your flight or your road trip.

Pack an apple or two to help you lose weight, cleanse your liver, and lower bad cholesterol! They also contain a lot of fiber, potassium, and vitamins B and C!

13. Oranges

Mandarin oranges are fantastic because they are seedless, incredibly simple to peel, and a tasty treat high in antioxidants and vitamin C! It is critical to consume vitamin C-rich foods while traveling to avoid becoming ill!

14. Berries

Berries are small (which makes them ideal for traveling) and high in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins! Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are all options.

15. Wheat Flakes Nut Mix

Most of us buy snacks from stores outside of our homes before or during a trip. You can avoid these practices entirely by substituting home-cooked meals. Put a handful of your favorite almonds, pistachios, peanuts, nuts, and roasted Bengal gram in a bowl. Combine them with lemon juice, cornflakes, and olive/mustard oil, and you’re good to go!

16.Banana Chips?

Banana chips are delicious for our taste buds, a great snack to take on your trip, and they are simple to make at home. It’s a piece of cake. Chop some raw bananas into thin, fine slices, and shallow fry them. Sprinkle with red chili powder, salt, and pepper to taste. To keep them fresh for a few days, store them in an airtight container.

17. Homemade Vegetable Chips

Homemade vegetable chips are superior to potato chips because they are healthier. Making a large batch of these chips would be ideal for an on-the-go snack. You can make uniform thin slices of vegetables out of anything, such as carrots, beets, or parsnips.

18. Homemade Crackers or Cookies

Homemade cheese crackers are delicious and an excellent snack to take on a trip. To make them even more nutritious, you can season them with whole-grain crackers and onion powder before topping them with grated cheddar.

19. Trail Mix

A trail mix is a snack food made up of nuts and dried fruits, but some crackers and dried cherries/cranberries would make the trail mix taste better than anything else. It is a great snack to have while driving down the highway.

20. Roasted Chickpeas

Chickpeas are high in plant protein, which helps you feel fuller for longer. They’re ideal for long flights or road trips. The chickpeas are crunchy and tasty, and you can season them however you like. They can be easily packed in a zip-top bag and taken with you on the road!

Raw vegetables are always a healthy option, but they taste much better with something to dip them in. Consider hummus a tasty way to get more vegetables into your diet, and with so many flavor options on the market, your palate will never be bored. At home, you can make your hummus and vegetables.

22.Kale Chips

Kale chips are a great alternative to regular potato chips because they have fewer ingredients, count as a serving of leafy greens, and you can even make them at home.

23.Dried Mango

If apples and bananas aren’t your things, try something a little sweeter with some dried mango slices. Look for versions with only one ingredient (mango) and no added sugar or oil.

24. Dark Chocolate

Snacks do not have to be just “healthy,” but they can also be indulgent. A small amount of dark chocolate can go a long way toward satisfying a sweet tooth, especially on a long journey. For maximum nutritional benefits, skip the milk chocolate in favor of dark chocolate that is at least 80% cacao. Purchase a small bar to reduce portion size, or ration a larger bar by only eating a couple of squares.

Cheese, if chosen correctly, can be a great snack high in good fat and protein. When selecting a slice of cheese, look for an organic variety with few added ingredients if possible. You can certainly cut a few slivers from a big brick at home or purchase small single-serve slices before you go.

Although all of the above healthy travel snack ideas are excellent choices, appropriately pairing them can help you stay fuller for longer and avoid the need to buy an extra treat when your flight gets delayed or when you make that extra stop on your road trip. To put it simply, pack travel food that is high in fiber and protein. It will allow you to make an informed decision while still maintaining your health significantly. This ultimate guide to healthy travel food will hopefully help you stay healthy and fit while enjoying your travels to the fullest!

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Road Trip Food List: Easy to Pack Meals & Snacks

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Are you looking for a road trip food list that includes the best road trip snacks and other food to bring on a road trip?

Road trips can range from being budget-friendly to out-of-this-world expensive if you do not plan ahead, especially when it comes to eating food.

The temptation to grab a snack at every gas station, as well as to eat out at restaurants or gorge on fast food, can really start to add up in terms of money and wasted time.

One way to save money and time while road tripping, however, is to bring your own food!

By making a road trip food list and packing fun road trip snacks, you’ll avoid having to stop and spend as much.

Our road trip food list includes easy road trip snacks, as well as portable breakfast, lunch, and dinner options – plus, a FREE Road Trip Food List printable to take with you to the grocery store.

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Road Trip Food List: Breakfast

One of our absolute best family road trip tips is to leave bright and early in the morning when starting a long road trip.

As the most important meal of the day, luckily, having breakfast on the road is the easiest meal to eat cold and on the go.

If you decide to hit the road early, or if your hotel en route doesn’t offer a free breakfast, plan ahead by bringing along these simple road trip breakfast foods.

Our tried-and-true road trip food list awaits!

Road Trip Breakfast Ideas

  • Yogurt tubes and granola bars
  • Muffins, donuts, and scones
  • Bagels and cream cheese
  • Squeezable applesauce
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Peanut butter, banana, and granola wrapped up in a tortilla
  • Make-Ahead Fruit & Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits

Additional planning tip: For added morning fun, use the category “breakfast foods”, “brands or cereal”, or “types of fruit” while you play a road trip word game .

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Road Trip Food List: Lunch

When it comes to planning for lunch and beyond, your road trip packing list should always include a reliable portable cooler .

Whether you chill made-ahead sandwiches, salami & cheese, fruits, or veggies, there are so many awesome road trip food ideas when it comes to having lunch on the go.

What we love about these road tip lunch ideas is that they keep us out of congested cities and fast-food drive-thrus during the busy noon hour.

Road Trip Lunch Ideas

  • Premade sandwiches with deli meat and cheese (make them extra fun by using shaped sandwich cutters !)
  • Peanut butter sandwiches (skip the jelly to avoid sogginess)
  • Pita pocket with mozzarella, tomato, basil, turkey, cheese, hummus, cucumber, and/or tuna salad
  • Home-ade Lunchables with summer sausage, cheese, and crackers
  • Tortilla with cream cheese, sliced olives, and pepperoni
  • Veggies and single-serve packs of ranch dressing, hummus, or guacamole
  • Pre-assembled Salad In A Jar

Road Trip Food List: Dinner

If there is one meal that you choose to splurge on, I recommend stopping to have dinner at a roadside restaurant or cafe.

Though this may not be your final destination, experiencing another city in this way will help you check more places off of your family travel bucket list !

If you’re not keen on stopping, however, here are the road trip foods we enjoy that are tasty and hearty enough to serve as dinner.

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Road Trip Dinner Ideas

  • Cold rotisserie chicken, chunked and served with a garden salad (package in a disposable salad container )
  • Pre-made pasta salad, such as Pizza Pasta Salad
  • StarKist ready-to-eat tuna salad in an avocado half or on a bun
  • Chicken and pickled veggies in pitas
  • Hummus veggie wrap

Additional planning tip: If you’re road tripping in the winter when driving conditions are much more unpredictable, packing extra road trip food is an essential component of your winter road trip packing list .

The best Road Trip Food List from Top U.S. family travel blog, Travel With A Plan!

Road Trip Food List: Snacks

In my opinion, snacks   are the No. 1 way to keep everyone (including you!) happy on a family road trip.

Homemade snack mixes and individual pre-purchased snacks are also a great way to help cut costs associated with buying food on the road.

For this reason, I suggest assembling an entire tub filled with fun and appetizing snacks and surprises that you know your kids will love.

We use these  16-quart storage tubs from Sterilite  that are the perfect size, price, and durability!

Road Trip Snacks Ideas

  • Chips and pretzels
  • Animal crackers (Suprise them with Barnum’s Originals !)
  • Filled crackers (peanut butter, cheese)
  • Nuts (cashews, almonds, peanuts)
  • String cheese, Babybel, Laughing Cow cheese wedges
  • Fresh or dried fruit
  • Healthy no-bake cookies
  • Candy and gummy candy

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Travel Snacks for Toddlers

Road tripping with toddlers presents its own set of challenges and requires additional thought when it comes to toddler-friendly road trip activities and food.

(It’s much harder to keep a close eye on them when they’re in the backseat, and you’re in the front.)

When considering toddler road trip foods, the most important thing is to avoid giving them anything to eat that could be deemed a choking hazard.

In addition, opt for healthy versus overly sweet options that may give them a tummy ache.

Our favorite healthy toddler car snacks and road trip foods include:

  • Graham crackers
  • Snap pea crisps
  • Applesauce and/or yogurt pouches
  • Cheese sticks
  • Soft mini muffins
  • Whole-grain crackers
  • Bananas and/or this apple slices

Road trip sick bag essentials

9 Essential Tips For Traveling With Food

As seasoned travelers, we’ve assembled a list of tips for traveling with road trip foods and make-ahead hotel room meals.

  • Use up your most delicate fruit first when on long-haul road trips.

In other words, start by eating bananas and berries, then move on to more sturdy produce such as apples and oranges that don’t spoil as easily.

2. Every family needs an organized packing strategy !

When it comes to road trip food, tortillas, pitas, or other sturdy flatbreads work better to bring along than do loaves of bread. They take up a lot less room and do not risk getting smashed.

3. When packing a cooler with items that need to stay chilled, be sure to lay the ice on the top, versus the bottom of the cooler.

This is because cold air sinks and will, therefore, disperse itself more evenly if laid on top of the food.

4. Aim to open the cooler only 1 or 2 times a day in order to maintain its refrigeration and keep the ice from thawing.

5. Also, make all food, including snacks, easily accessible throughout the duration of your family road trip.

This prevents someone (likely mom or dad!) from having to constantly bend over the back seat or stop to open the trunk every time hunger or boredom hits.

6. Avoid bringing anything made of glass on your road trip, including glass food containers. Glass is heavy, bulky, and very dangerous when broken within the confines of your family vehicle.

7. Assemble and bring along a road trip kit with the following road trip essentials for spills, clean-ups, and car sickness:

  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Garbage bags
  • Ziplock bags
  • Napkins/paper towels
  • Saltine crackers and motion sickness medicine

8. Each time you stop while on a road trip, don’t forget to pitch any garbage that has accumulated.

This prevents build-up and smelliness.

9. Head to the grocery store with our FREE printable checklist and purchase all of your road trip food in one shopping trip!

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Thank you for the road trip food list and travel tips.

You’re welcome! Was there something you saw that you hadn’t thought of before? Happy travels!!

This is a great list as we also big in road trip. Snacks is so important especially to keep them from asking are we there yet. Haha… I myself like peanuts to keep me awake when it’s my turn to drive.

Thanks for reading and for sharing your favorite road trip snack!!

This is such a comprehensive list and it is so helpful as I predict a lot of us will be going on more road trips once we can. Prepping these meals will definitely save some money and help the kids feel less bored. I know that my kids are usually pleased munching stuffs during road trips. I also like that it is more likely for the road trip snack to be more healthier than what you’ll buy elsewhere.

Thank you! Yes, the health factor of pre-packing is a big one, as is the enormous cost savings 🙂

I like to have a good mix of healthy (kids like apples, those are easy to eat) and snacky/salty. I am also very particular. about road trip drinks. Big coffees, la croix, iced tea!

I like your ideas! We’d be good road trip buddies!

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