The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Road Trip Snacks

Jun 8, 2021
Now that the country is starting to reopen, we’re excited to take some road trips this summer! Whether you’re traveling alone, with friends, or with your kids, everyone needs a few snacks or light meals while on the go.
It’s key to pack your own snacks so you don’t have to make any extra stops, or find yourself scouring a gas station for healthy options. These road trip options are easy to pack and even eat while driving, so if you’re planning a trip soon, be sure to add some to your cart!
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Dried Fruit

Although #trashpandaapproved store-bought trail mix can be hard to find, it can be easier to select a few plain dried fruit and nut options and mix them together yourself for an easy road trip snack. You can even add some good quality chocolate chips for an extra tasty treat!
When shopping for dried fruit, we recommend looking for:
Organic when possible
Single ingredient products (no added sugar, flavorings, or sulphur)
Some of our favorite options:


When shopping for nuts, we recommend:
Organic when possible
Raw, unsalted versions or dry roasted versions. Sprouted nuts are even better!
Single ingredient is best (no added oils, maybe just a little added salt)
Some of our favorite options:
Our favorite chocolate chips:


If you’re the one driving, nothing beats a bar since they are so easy to eat! Bars can be tricky when it comes to quality ingredients though, so choose wisely. Here are a few we’ve tried and like:

Beef Jerky

We love beef jerky for both children and adults! Although many options out there have added sugar and flavorings, we love the following options for some clean protein on the road.

Seaweed Snacks

Looking for something crunchy and salty to snack on? Seaweed snacks are great for that - and are a great source of vitamins and minerals.


We love snacking on beans, and finding them both fresh and dried in snackable form makes them easy to throw in your bag for a car ride. Two of our favorites are:


When the road gets long, sometimes you need a few treats on hand to keep things interesting. If you’re looking for a sweet treat to pack, look no further:
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