This post is written by Danielle Smith, a student at the University of Arkansas.
Whether you are traveling for work, headed on vacation, or going to visit relatives in the next state over, one thing is for sure: you have to eat. There is nothing worse than having to throw money away by having to eat out every meal while traveling. Give your wallet and your worries a vacation of their own with these delicious travel-ready snacks.
1. Trail Mix: trail mix is a great travel snack that can fulfill all of your snacking needs. Trail mixes are easy to make and come in a variety of combinations.
Do you like to have a sweet when you travel? Make a trail mix with your favorite goodies like M&MS and marshmallows. Looking for a more healthy option? Choose a travel snack with nuts and dried fruit. No matter what mix you choose to make, keep these main ingredients in mind: nuts, seeds, cereals, crackers, pretzels, popcorn, dried fruit, and sweets.
2. Granola Bars: homemade or store bought make the perfect travel snack. They are filling, healthy, and come in many different varieties. They are also easy to store and transport. Check out Pinterest for homemade granola bar recipes.
Photo by Yosarian
3. Fruit or vegetables: a piece of fruit or a Ziploc bag of veggies provides a refreshing travel snack that will make you feel much better than that drive-thru burger or greasy pretzel in the airport. My favorites include: apples, bananas, and grapes for fruit or carrot sticks, grape tomatoes, or celery for veggies. Also consider dried fruit for a sweet, but healthy treat.
4. Cheese: cheese is one of my favorite snacks especially for long car rides. Cheese can be more filling than other snacks and is easily paired with other foods to make a small meal. Try cheese sticks, cheese and crackers, or cheese and summer sausage for a filling snack.
5. Nuts: my family has always been a fan of traveling with nuts (no pun intended). Snacking on peanuts, sunflower seeds, pistachios, or almonds not only provide a great snake, but also help to pass the time. Breaking open sunflower seeds while driving long distance can help you to keep awake and focused.
Other ideas: pretzels and peanut butter, fruit snacks, and beef jerky.
What is your favorite travel snack? Please share your thoughts below in comments.
A native of Stilwell, Kansas, Danielle plans to return to the Kansas City area upon graduation.
Learn more about Danielle here.
A Tip From The Jones: We never want to travel without some “briefcase snacks” for emergencies like a delayed flight. We buy in bulk from a warehouse club or from Amazon.
Here’s some of our favorite travel snacks:
Popchips 6-Flavor Variety Pack
Kashi Granola Trail Mix Grab ‘N Go Snacks
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