Six people + average budget constraints + relatives living 1100 miles away = one crazy road-tripping family.
We make the drive from Colorado to California almost every summer. Our family record is four round-trips in one calendar year. And we used to stop at Trader Joe’s before heading back so we could stock up. But now? Glory, hallelujah — we can get our road trip snacks here!
I feel like I should clarify — this isn’t a sponsored post. I just love Trader Joe’s. Lurve. I almost cried real tears the day they opened in Colorado.
It’s a balance, loading up on road trip snacks. I want them to be fun and a little different, because we are on vacation after all. But since we’re in the car for 16 hours, we can’t really slam junk food the entire time or we’d all get carsick. So here’s what we like:
-Baked peas and white cheddar corn puffs: Kind of like chips, but better for you. And I like to convince myself the kids are getting some veggies.
-Applesauce squeezers: The best invention for road trips. Healthy and non-messy (ok, less messy? Maybe?). And they don’t need to be refrigerated. We always have these.
-Pre-made wraps: We try to make one stop a day for fast food, because otherwise we get that weird, sodium-overload kind of feeling. So these are a great compromise between bringing all your own sandwich fixin’s along, and stopping for burgers. You do need a cooler for these, though.
-Seaweed snacks: If the kids haven’t tried seaweed…give it a try. Just once, to see what they think. We love it — it’s slightly salty and really tasty.
-Fruit Jellies: Sometimes, when we take a break after hours of driving, everyone needs a little motivation to get back in the car and settle in for a bit longer. Enter seatbelt candy. We hand out seatbelt candy after everyone is back in the car, belted in, and ready to go. These jellies make great seatbelt candy. I’m also a fan of the TJ’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups, but that can get pretty messy in a hot car.
How about you? What’s your family’s favorite road trip snack?
Also, if you’re looking for more ideas and tips to survive road trips with kids, I’ve got a bunch here. Have fun!