The 39 Best Road Trip Snacks You Can Pack
You're taking a family trip! But what will you eat along the way? These road trip snacks are simple to pack, easy to eat in the car and will keep you happy mile after mile.
Lemony Snack Mix
A portable snack mix that tastes like lemon bars? Yes, please! This sunshiny snack pairs crunchy Chex cereal with creamy white chocolate and lots of bright, fragrant lemon zest. Plus, it’s one of our favorite gluten-free road trip snacks.
Air-Fried Pumpkin ShakarparaShakarparas are crispy fried Indian cookies, but in this recipe, they’re made in the air fryer. The addition of pumpkin and warm spices gives them a fall feel, but truly, they’re delicious in every single season.
Wish Cheez-Its were… cheez-ier? This recipe for homemade Cheez-Its packs in the shredded sharp cheddar, so you can have the extra-cheesy crackers you’ve always dreamed of.
Teriyaki Beef JerkyBuying beef jerky at a gas station can be expensive if you’ve got lots of hungry mouths to feed. Instead, save a couple bucks by making homemade beef jerky before you go.
Nut Butter CupsWhy settle for store-bought peanut butter cups when you can easily make them at home? Pair the richest chocolate with nut butters, then pack on the fresh chopped nuts. Just taste homemade peanut butter cups once and there’s no going back.
Poppy Seed Mini MuffinsYour stash of road trip snacks should have muffins for breakfast on the go—but all the crumbs can make a mess. Solve that problem by making mini muffins instead, like this easy, poppable version loaded with poppy seeds. Keep the back seat clean with snacks kids can easily eat in the car.
Homemade Potato ChipsIf you’ve never made homemade potato chips before, a road trip is a great excuse to try! To make flavored potato chips, sprinkle them with your favorite spice blend while they’re still warm.
Chili-Lime Roasted ChickpeasLooking for something healthy to snack on mindlessly? These chili-lime chickpeas are crunchy, good for you and full of bold flavor. Then learn how to avoid drive-thrus on your next road trip.
Cinnamon-Cranberry Oat BarsThese kid-friendly cinnamon-cranberry oat bars pack a hidden healthy punch thanks to ground flax seeds. Once cut, wrap each bar individually in waxed paper to make them road trip-friendly. Find more helpful hints for traveling with food.
Orange-Ancho Spiced NutsThese extra-flavorful nuts offer a tasty combination of orange, ancho chili pepper and chocolate. The anchos add heat, but they also add a robust smoky flavor that makes this road trip snack a lot more interesting than your average mixed nuts.
Soft Beer Pretzel NuggetsThis recipe for soft pretzel nuggets uses amber beer to create an irresistible flavor. If you’d rather another style of beer (like a rich lager or dark stout), or prefer to use a nonalcoholic brew, you can certainly switch it up any way you please.
Birthday Cake FudgeYou don’t need to be celebrating a birthday in the car to enjoy the taste of birthday cake! This fudge takes less than 5 minutes to prepare thanks to a secret ingredient: boxed Funfetti cake mix.
Savory Cracker Snack MixLove the taste of everything bagel seasoning? Then you’ll love this crunchy snack mix that tosses it with pretzels, potato sticks and more.
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Spicy AlmondsThis spicy almond recipe could not be easier to make—and it’s endlessly customizable. Once you’ve got the technique down pat, mix things up with homemade spice blends to create a special recipe all your own!
Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter BitesThese peanut butter bites are a great road trip snack to make with young kids who want to help out in the kitchen. They come together quickly and easily, and there’s no baking required!
Courtside Caramel CornYou might not think caramel corn is the best snack to bring in the car, but this recipe is an exception. Even though it’s coated in a rich brown sugar caramel with a touch of salt, it’s not sticky in the slightest.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy BarsThese no-bake peanut butter energy bars are made with natural ingredients, making them a healthier option than most gas station granola bars. Want to add some extra fiber? Stir in a spoonful or two of wheat germ.
Cheddar-Pecan CrispsLooking for a road trip snack you can prepare well in advance? The dough for these cheesy, nutty crisps can be prepped, rolled into logs and frozen ahead of time. Before you leave for your trip, just slice and bake!
Air-Fryer Kale ChipsThese kale chips are a healthier alternative to packaged chips, and they’re so delicious, even the kids will love them. Season your kale chips simply with salt, or break out a spice blend like Old Bay to upgrade this nutritious snack.
Oatmeal Date BarsDates are super sweet and super healthy, making them a great pick-me-up snack for a long road trip. Wrap each bar individually in waxed paper or parchment paper to make them easier to store (and easier to eat).
Chia Seed Protein BitesThis recipe has no gluten, eggs, dairy or corn, so it’s the perfect road trip snack for those with certain food allergies. They’re also no-bake, so even the littlest hands can help make these protein-packed treats!
Caramel Chex MixThis wonderfully crunchy snack is loaded with cereal, pretzels and nuts—and coated with a not-too-sweet brown sugar mixture. Pack this mix in resealable bags for easy eating while you’re on the road.
Homemade Chex Mix
You can make crunchy homemade Chex Mix in the oven, slow cooker, microwave or air fryer. No matter how you whip up this back-of-the-box recipe, it’s the king of road trip snacks!