The Best Store-Bought Road-Trip Snacks for the Whole Family

These 10 snacks will keep you satisfied every mile along the way.

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July 16, 2021

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The key to surviving a family road trip? Snacks, snacks and more snacks. Keeping kids (and parents) from getting cranky means good tunes and even better food. These ten snacks will keep those highway hunger pains at bay and may just ensure more soaking in the sights and less whining "are we there yet?"


Grab a smaller cooler and a bag of these perfectly portioned cheese rectangles for the perfect snack to feed the whole family. Throw a slice on a cracker or eat as is. Each slice has 5 grams of protein, so it’ll keep that sugar crash at bay.

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Beef jerky is the quintessential road trip food but what you grab at the gas station is usually loaded with nitrates and other yucky stuff. Baja’s beef jerky is all the goodness without the gross. This gluten free, low calorie jerky is packed with flavor think street taco and cracked pepper, so it satisfies any passenger. Plus, the bags are resealable which makes it a great snack for hour one or hour five of the trip.

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Sometimes you just need a little crunch, even if its messy. These Clif Bar thins are the perfect snack if you are stopping for a quick hike or tourist destination as they’ll give you quick energy for that hour stretch-your-legs break. Plus, they are made with good for you ingredients so you won’t feel guilty crunching into these biscotti like cookies.

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If your road trip memories consist of the giant jar of cheese balls passed around in the back, this less artificial version is for you. These white cheddar cheese ball make less of a mess than their neon orange counterparts (although Pipcorn does make them if you want to keep the memory alive!) but they are made without the artificial flavors and preservatives, plus they are baked, not fried. We have a feeling you may want to keep a few bags in the car they’ll go fast!

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Not everything on a road trip has to be good for you for many people it’s a time to treat yourself. This Classic mix takes all of your favorite M&Ms peanut, plain and peanut butter and mixes them into one bag. The resealable bag makes it perfect for handing out a few at a time and putting away the rest for later.

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This fruit jerky is reminiscent of the fruit leathers and fruit rolls but made with real fruit. The variety pack has flavors that will appease the most sophisticated adult palate and the pickiest kid. Mango, Spicy Mango, Pineapple, Pineapple Coconut, Spicy Pineapple, Banana, Banana Cacao, and Banana with Pecans there is a choice for everyone in the car. Plus, they take up minimal room so it’s easy to pack them in the car.

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Nuts are always a good take-on-the road snack. These individually packaged, already shelled pistachios make it easy to munch without the mess. Choose from plain, honey roasted, or chili dusted for something that suits every palate and keeps energy up for the next adventure.

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Did someone say cookie dough? We bet you’ll get your kids to agree on a podcast with a little bribe of mini jars of cookie dough. Choose from dairy-free or regular varieties like cookie monster, confetti or classic chocolate chip. They are tiny enough to put in a small cooler and the perfect road trip dessert.

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It’s never a bad idea to take a sandwich on the road — especially when you don't know when you'll reach the next rest stop. These frozen, better for you nut butter and jelly sandwiches can defrost right in the car making for the perfect pick me up in flavors like sun butter and blueberry, or almond butter and strawberry and classic PB & J. They are made on whole wheat bread with less sugars, too.

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Pretzels are a road trip must and Dot’s don’t disappoint. Lightly seasoned with just enough flavor so your kids won’t complain, these pretzel twists are the perfect eat out of the bag snack. The recipe is the same as when it began in a North Dakota farm town.

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