Travel Snacks You'll Want to Bring On Your Next Road Trip
It's road trip time. You've packed up the car, filled bags with entertainment to keep the kids busy, and built the perfect playlist—but don't forget the snacks! Avoid making tons of stops on the way by keeping everyone well-fed on the go. Make these treats for a happy and flavorful car ride (minus the gas station bags of chips) with our guide to all things snacking.
Instant Pot Pumpkin Spice Candied Walnuts
Yet another way to enjoy pumpkin spice this season. Gift these to friends as a festive treat, or enjoy them yourself with an autumnal beer. Make sure to use pure maple syrup, as pancake syrup will taste artificial and will likely overwhelm the spiced flavor.
S'mores Trail Mix
The name says it all—now you can enjoy the flavors of the classic campfire treat when you're on the go.
Seasoned Saltine Crackers
Upgrade leftover saltine crackers with a touch of melted butter and the intense flavor of shichimi togarashi.
Coconut, Almond, and Goji Bars
These homemade fruit-filled, nutty-flavored bars are perfect for weekend on the road. Packed with antioxidants and superfoods like coconut, almonds, and goji berries, these healthy, portable bars are way better than what you'll find at the store. Make a batch at the beginning of the week and carry this hearty snack around with you to have when you're running low on energy.
Mini Frittatas with Ham and Cheese
Bake these bite-sized frittatas in a miniature muffin pan. They taste great hot or at room temperature, so you can make them in advance, pack them up, and enjoy on the go.
Savory Spiced Shortbreads
These buttery, curry-flavored shortbreads are perfect snacks. They are subtly sweet and just a touch spicy.
Sesame-Soy Nut and Pretzel Mix
Full of nuts, pretzels, and buttery cereal, our Asian-inspired mix brings plenty of crunch and bold, salty flavor.
These pecans are coated with a unique blend of sweet cinnamon and sugar with savory rosemary, ginger, and red pepper. The egg white helps the spice mixture adhere evenly and gives the pecans a crisp, glossy coating.
Pecan-Rosemary-Cheddar Buttons combine nutty pecans and earthy rosemary to create a robust riff on the average Cheddar cheese straw.
Salted Candied Almonds
These salty and sweet almond treats are easy to make ahead. Just let the mixture cool on parchment paper, and break apart for a quick treat.
Brown Sugar-Spiced Nut Mix
A bowl of nuts is a coffee table staple, and this sweet-hot crispy mix is perfect for passing around a packed car.
Double-Chocolate Cereal Treats
Skip your boring breakfast and opt for these decadent chocolate-on-chocolate cookies that boast full satisfaction and a dose of whole-grain goodness. Rich, decadent, and ultra-crispy, these healthy, bite-size snacks are the perfect start to the day. And they're ready to eat in a fraction of the time needed to prepare typical sweet treats.
A simple boiled edamame packs a ton of filling protein, and a delicious travel time snack.
No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars
These bars are a perfectly portable snack you can prep on Sunday and enjoy throughout the week. Wrap leftovers tightly in plastic wrap, and store in the fridge. The bars will continue to firm up as they chill.
Cranberry-Pecan Cheese Wafers
Dried cranberries give a slightly sweet flavor to crispy, buttery Cranberry-Pecan Cheese Wafers.
Cranberry Oat Bars
Pass these to the back seat, because kids will love to snack on these oat bars filled with a sweet cranberry mixture.
Apple-Oat Energy Balls
Long road trips have nothing on these tasty, filling snacks. If you don't have almond butter (or have a picky eater in the house), feel free to swap out for peanut butter or your nut butter of choice.
Crispy Potato Chips
Slice potatoes as thin as possible for a super-crunchy bite. Then add whatever flavorings you have on hand.
Crisp and Spicy Snack Mix
A simple blend of your favorite snacks come together with a touch of ginger stir-fry sauce, chili powder, and cumin.
Togarashi-Spiced Snack Mix
All of those specialty snacks you have tucked away (wasabi peas and shrimp cracker fries) have finally found their home in the ultimate snack mix.
All-Time Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
If chocolate chip cookies are your favorite cookies, whip up a batch of these—they're the best of the best.
Marshmallow Popcorn Treats with Dark Chocolate Drizzle
Reminiscent of classic popcorn balls, these salty-sweet treats make for awesome low-fat, road trip-friendly snacking. Make a batch with the kids this weekend to enjoy during the ride.
Cereal and Milk Bars
These crowd-pleasers deliver flavors that take you straight back to childhood bliss.
Coconut-Pecan Caramel Popcorn
With the addition coconut flakes and pecans, this is the amped-up version of your traditional caramel popcorn is all kinds of addictive. Once you make a batch, chances are it will disappear before the day is out—so consider doubling the recipe. The combination of caramel and pecans delivers delicious praline vibes, while the coconut’s subtle chew adds a hint of tropical flavor.
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Bars
These homemade bars combine peanut butter and chocolate to make a tasty road trip treat.
Pistachio-Apple Bars with Chia Seeds
These homemade bars combine fruit and nut flavors to make a tasty snack.
Spicy, Barely Sweet Supercrunch Granola
Our supremely crunchy, irresistible granola tastes like party mix. It stores well at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a week.
Chewy Peanut Bars
These chocolate-peanut blondies truly surprised us. They're cooked in the microwave, and use staple ingredients you probably already have on hand.
Cheesy Pita Chips
Slice pita into wedges and bake away for a crispy crunch. They get a savory topping of manchego cheese and spices for the perfect salty snack.
Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips
A delicious blend of powdered buttermilk, garlic powder, sea salt, dried dill, sugar, and onion powder add flavor to simple, baked chips.
If sweet and salty is your go-to treat, then this one's for you. Popcorn and pecans are drowned in a buttery maple syrup mixture, creating a gooey bite.
Everything Rugelach with Ricotta and Dill
Everybody's favorite Jewish cookie gets a savory makeover in this salty, crunchy treat. Perfect for an on-the-road snack, this everything rugelach is the perfect marriage between flaky dough and classic everything bagel toppings. With just four ingredients in the dough, this pastry is super simple and requires little effort or grunt work, as the food processor does all the mixing for you.
Here's a snack muffin you don't have to feel bad about. We opted for canola oil over butter, incorporated 50% white whole-wheat flour, and kept the added sugar low by leaning on the sweetness of ripe summer strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Peaches will be a welcome addition later in the season.
Almond Joy Candied Bacon
Got leftover candy? 3-ingredient candied bacon makes an indulgent sweet snack that will leave you begging for more.
Turkey and Swiss Pinwheels
These turkey and swiss roll ups are perfect for packing kids' snacks on the go.
Take a bag of popcorn to the next level with sprinkle of fresh rosemary and garlic powder.
Cheddar Cheese Snack Crackers
Skip the store-bought version and create your own cheesy snack crackers for afternoon snacking.
Maple-Sumac Roasted Walnuts
Here's a perfectly simple and delicious snack. A little sumac adds a bright piney-citrusy note. Look for it at specialty spice stores. A tablespoon of lemon rind can sub for sumac, if you prefer.
Miso-Caramel-Tamari Popcorn Mix
A slightly thicker caramel and the addition of whole roasted almonds turn traditional caramel popcorn into gift-worthy popcorn mix. We use less sugar in the glaze and cut the sweetness with mild white miso (fermented soybean paste) and tamari (a richer, wheat-free soy sauce) for a salty-savory note that makes the snack incredibly addictive.
Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas
Dry your chickpeas as thoroughly as possible before cooking to ensure a satisfyingly crisp result. If you're planning to pack these flavor-coated, fiber-filled poppers as a to-go snack, be sure to allow them to cool completely on a flat surface first.
Tahini-Oat Energy Balls
For a quick, pick-me-up snack when you're on the go, these easy tahini-oat bites are the perfect solution. Full of hearty nuts and creamy tahini, they offer just the right amount of sweet satisfaction. A pinch of salt balances the flavor and brings it all together. Make a big batch at the beginning of the week and keep them on hand for emergency snack situations.