Must-Pack Travel Snacks for Kids


Whether you’re hopping on a plane or have a long road trip ahead, snacks are a key factor in successful travel with kids. Before you head off for that end-of-summer family vacation, make sure to check some of these kid-approved portable snacks off your packing list. Tired, hungry traveling parents should certainly partake of these goodies, too.

Gluten-Free Cheesy Crackers

These crunchy, cheesy bite-size crackers are easy enough for kids to make themselves. Let them measure ingredients, cut out the crackers in fun shapes, and sprinkle on toppings like sesame and poppy seeds. Then pack the crackers up for happy munching in transit.

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Fair warning: Once you make Giada De Laurentiis’ chewy bars, the kids may never ask for the boxed ones again. They’re loaded with peanut butter, oats, slivered almonds and miniature chocolate chips to keep little travelers sated through a long trip.

Spiced Vanilla Popcorn

Popcorn is a low-fat, high-fiber treat that Melissa d’Arabian’s whole family loves. Just a hint of sugar and some coconut oil add a ton of flavor. Pop some ahead and pack it up in resealable plastic bags for the journey ahead.

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

These super-easy, fiber-packed snacks are a perfect on-the-go treat — especially since they don’t need to be refrigerated. They taste decadent but are actually packed with good-for-you cereal and dried fruit.

Healthy Cinnamon-Raisin Soft Pretzels

These soft, chewy, sweet-and-salty pretzels have it all. They can be stored in an airtight container for up to two days, and will definitely be devoured before you reach your destination.