*Thank you Juicy Juice for providing us with juice for our trip. #JuicyJuiceCrew*
We just got back from an 18 hour one-way and 15 hours back road trip with our three children. To say it was a long journey is an understatement. Our road trip snacks, license plate spotting and tablets made the trip bearable or else I might have shared a picture of me bald from the stress of it all. This was Baby E’s first road trip. He was a real trooper but even a chill guy like him started to get antsy every 5 hours or so. Little Z is not a car fan. She has never been, so she was the most challenging of the three. Not to mention the having to potty what seemed like every 45 minutes! Big Z really just needed her tablet, snacks, and her pillow. Oh and food! I suppose 10-year-old’s go through growth spurts too.
Speaking of food, I’ve narrowed it down to what I feel are the best road trip snacks for kids. Heavier food items, a few treats, and definitely water regardless of the countless bathroom stops. A dehydrated or constipated kid is not a fun kid.
Road Trip Snacks
- Peanut Butter & Banana “sandwiches”
- Mini Waffles or Pancakes
- Sandwich wraps or rollups: Turkey & Cheese, PB&J
- Pretzels & Cream Cheese
- String Cheese
- Fresh Fruits
- Crackers and just about anything listed above.
Treats deserve a little more explanation so here are my picks and my thoughts:
I list juice as a treat because it is sweet and my kids know juice is a one time per day thing. We opt for the mini 100% juice, Juicy Juice boxes in fruit punch and apple. The apple was perfect for Baby E because he got a bit constipated during the first leg of our trip. Apple juice always saves the day when this happen. Always. The girls went with either the apple or the fruit punch. The mini boxes are just enough juice to make them happy without adding an extra bathroom stop (or two) in.
I’m never one for sugar rushes but on long road trips, I will whip out a lolly if it will keep a certain threenager happy just a little while longer. Remember I said the first part of our journey was 18 hours!
Another fun food that saved my sanity on the road. Heck, the hubs and I enjoyed a bag (or two) too.
What are your road trip snacks for kids? We have another trip coming up so share your tips in the comments.