Road Trip Series: The Best Healthy Road Trip Snacks

Road Trip Series: The Best Healthy Road Trip Snacks

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Hey friends! Welcome back to my three-part road trip series. Today I’ll be giving you ideas of all the best healthy road trip snacks. I’ve got all of the goods in this article. Be sure to check out part one of my series here, and part three here, which is the best USA bucket list destinations!

So, I’ve been road tripping for as long as I remember. When I would young, my fam and I would always be on road trip going somewhere. Then I moved 13 hours away from home for college, so yeah, a lot of road trips! I’ve learned over the years that the most important thing to bring is snacks. Packing your own snacks will save you time, money, and prevent you from getting hangry. I try to stay as healthy as possible when traveling so I have some good tips & tricks in this article for staying healthy on the road.

NOTE: Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods are a couple of my favorite grocery stores to buy snacks at. They have lots of pre-packaged, healthy options. 

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Fresh Road Trip Snacks 

  • Fruit: fruits are one of my favorite things to snack on. I find that these fruits below are the easiest to pack for a road trip!
    • pre-sliced apples
    • tangerines
    • grapes
    • fresh berries in baggies
  • Veggies: I love snacking on fresh veggies during a road trip. A few of my favorite combos are…
    • Persian cucumbers and jalapeño dip (trader joe’s dip is AMAZING)
    • baby bell peppers dipped in hummus or guacamole
    • dip crackers in Avocado (TIP: add salt, pepper, and lemon to your avo half) 
  • Boiled Eggs: Boil eggs the night before and leave in the fridge overnight. If they are cooled, they will not smell up the car. You can pre-peel them or leave the shell on. Keep the eggs in a cooler during your trip. Boiled eggs make a great protein rich snack and you can even have a couple for breakfast! (TIP: try soy sauce with your boiled eggs, I know it sounds weird but it’s SO GOOD. I lived in Thailand for three months and this is what I ate almost every morning for breakfast!) 

Sweet Snacks

  • Perfect bars: These are one of my favorite snacks in general! The best flavors in my opinion are chocolate chip and cookie dough. Perfect bars are the BEST healthy road trip snack. They have great ingredients and keep you full too.
  • Dark chocolate: My favorite dark chocolate snacks are Hu chocolate bars, chocolate covered almonds, Lily’s dark chocolate cups, and Brookside Dark Chocolate. 
  • Trail mix: Trader Joe’s has a great selection of trail mix but you can also make your own!  
  • Smart Sweets: These are AMAZING. They are high in fiber and low in sugar. These candies are delicious too, a road trip snack essential.   
  • Nut butter packets: Nut butter packets are great, eat them with apples or by themselves. My favorite brands are Justin’s and RX nut butter packets.

Savory Snacks 

  • Gluten free pretzels: They taste way better than regular pretzels.
  • Crackers: The best brands in my opinion are Mary’s, Simple Mills, and Flackers 
  • Instant Oats: Instant oat packets are great for a quick breakfast on the road. If your hotel has a kettle, just add oats, hot water, and stir!   
  • Plantain chips: My favorite brands are Barnana and Trader joe’s Jamaican Jerk Plantain chips.  
  • Popcorn: My favorite popcorn brands are Skinny Pop, Boom-Chicka-Pop, and Trader Joe’s has some amazing popcorn flavors. Try the herbs and spices. 
  • Olive packets: I buy these from Trader Joe’s
  • Pop chips: Light, crunchy, and delicious!  
  • Chomps: High in protein and so yummy! They are 100% grass fed beef jerky sticks.  
  • Kale chips: Super crunchy!  
  • White cheddar Cheeto Puffs: alright, not the healthiest, but SO GOOD 
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Tips for Staying Healthy During a Road Trip  

  • Bring a work out band to do small workouts in the hotel!
  • Stretch for 10 minutes every morning 
  • Make sure you stay hydrated 
  • Take vitamin-C packets to add to water  
  • Remember you’re on a road trip, don’t stress too much about staying completely healthy! Have fun!

Final Thoughts

And those are my favorite healthy road trip snacks! Snacks are a necessity on any road trip, short or long. I hope this article was helpful. Let me know what your favorite road trip snack is!

-xx Syd.




  1. August 10, 2020 / 4:41 pm

    I’m obsessed with RX bars and bring them everywhere – I actually just had one for lunch haha! I’m a big fan of the Smart Sweets as well! Plantain chips are dangerously yummy too. Great list!!

    • sydabroad
      August 10, 2020 / 10:13 pm

      Yes I loveee RX bars!! I’m glad you liked the list!

  2. August 10, 2020 / 5:11 pm

    These are some great tips! It’s way too easy to eat unhealthily on road trips so I’ll definitely try some of these in future 🙂

    • sydabroad
      August 10, 2020 / 10:14 pm

      Thanks! & so true, it can be hard to eat healthy on the road!

  3. August 11, 2020 / 3:17 am

    I love your tips! It’s too easy to stop into a rest stop and stock up on junk food!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • sydabroad
      August 11, 2020 / 8:37 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad this post was helpful 🙂

  4. August 13, 2020 / 2:19 am

    Perfect timing – I’m scheduling a road trip for this fall!

    • sydabroad
      August 13, 2020 / 2:03 pm

      Thats awesome! Have a great time on your road trip!

  5. August 13, 2020 / 4:31 am

    I’m going on a week long road trip next week. Can’t wait to much my way through! haha

    • sydabroad
      August 13, 2020 / 2:04 pm

      Snacking really keeps you going during long drives, doesn’t it?!

  6. August 13, 2020 / 4:37 am

    Trader Joe’s is so awesome! They make eating healthy easy with a lot of variety. I’m going to have to try that soy sauce on the boiled eggs.

    • sydabroad
      August 13, 2020 / 2:06 pm

      Trader Joe’s is my favorite! & yes you have to try it!! Sounds so strange, but it’s delicious if you like boiled eggs 🙂

  7. August 13, 2020 / 10:35 am

    Such a helpful guide! I always forget to pack enough snack and then end up buying packaged food on the way. But, it is so important to pack something healthy. Definitely referring to the list for my next road trip.

    • sydabroad
      August 13, 2020 / 2:07 pm

      Thanks! I know right, it can be hard to stay healthy during a road trip but there are so many delicious healthy snacks now a days!

  8. Bolupe
    August 13, 2020 / 4:58 pm

    I love this list of healthy snacks for a road trip. I have a 10 days road trip planned and I’m looking for the best ideas to make the most of my trip. I will definitely consider some of these snacks on your list.

    • sydabroad
      August 13, 2020 / 5:02 pm

      I’m glad you found this helpful!! Enjoy your road trip 🙂

    • sydabroad
      August 14, 2020 / 9:29 pm

      Aw! I hope you have some similar ones

  9. December 3, 2020 / 8:35 am

    Driving 12hours tomorrow, I’ll definitely take some of those while packing!

    • sydabroad
      December 4, 2020 / 8:23 pm

      Such good road trip snacks!

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