Planning a road trip involves a lot of things. You have to pick a destination, choose the route that is best for you, pick out the dates, and maybe even set a budget. But whether you're hitting the road with friends, family, or alone, in an RV or a car, one thing is for sure – snacks are a non-negotiable necessity. A good road trip requires good fuel, and a well-curated snack selection will help you keep the hanger at bay between stops. So, let's take a tasty bite into the world of road trip snacks and explore the many options.
No road trip is complete without a stash of chocolate! It's the universal, well-loved treat that can turn a mundane drive into a delightful experience. From classic milk chocolate bars to fancy dark chocolate with sea salt, the options are endless.
There is also a hidden upside to chocolate. Have you ever eaten chocolate and felt like you were happier? That wasn’t your imagination. Chocolate contains several compounds that can positively impact mood. The carbohydrates in chocolate prompt the brain to produce more serotonin, contributing to a sense of contentment.
Additionally, chocolate contains small amounts of anandamide, often referred to as the "bliss molecule." Lastly, chocolate triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural opiates. So, that "chocolate high" you feel is not just in your head; it's a physiological response.
Gummies are not just for kids; they're for everyone with a playful spirit. Grab a bag of your favorite gummy bears, worms, or rings. The varieties of shapes, sizes, and flavors seem almost endless. The chewy texture and flavors will keep your taste buds entertained. Plus, they don’t melt as easily as chocolate, making them a slightly less messy option for warm-weather road trips.
Fruit for the win
For a naturally sweet option, consider bringing a variety of fresh fruits. Sliced apples, grapes, bananas, and berries are easy to pack and provide a refreshing break from processed sweets. The natural sugars in fruits offer a sustained energy boost without the sugar crash, keeping you alert and ready for the next stretch of your RV journey.
Satisfy a salty craving
Classic potato chips
The unmistakable sound of a chip bag crinkling is virtually synonymous with road trips. You can choose classic potato chips or try one of the more exotic flavors available these days. The salty goodness provides that satisfying crunch, and the salt helps replenish electrolytes – which are essential for staying hydrated during long drives.
If you’re lucky, you can find ways to sample local and regional favorites during your trip, adding even more variety to your supply of road trip snacks.
Pretzels for crunch and dip
Pretzels are a versatile snack that satisfies both your salty and crunchy cravings. Get creative and pair them with a dip – hummus, mustard, peanut butter, or cheese. Aside from being tasty, this snack combo offers a hidden advantage. The mix-and-match approach prevents flavor fatigue from setting in too quickly.
Pretzels can also come in different forms. Traditional shapes, sticks (big or small), squares, shapes, even pretzel chips. So, you have options to pair with whatever dip or condiment you’re in the mood for.
Roasted nuts for protein power
Nuts are a powerhouse of nutrients, packing protein and healthy fats. Almonds, cashews, and pistachios are excellent, easy-to-find choices when RV road-tripping. Roasted and lightly salted varieties offer a savory kick. The protein content will keep you feeling full and energized, making them a great alternative to sugary snacks.
Nuts also have some practical advantages. They don’t need to be refrigerated, and they’re very temperature resistant, so leaving them in your rig on a hot day won’t be a problem. They can be easily portioned into small, travel-friendly containers or resealable bags, ensuring that you have a ready-to-eat, mess-free snack at your fingertips whenever hunger strikes. So you can keep a hassle-free, nutrient-dense snack that caters to both your taste buds and your nutritional needs close at hand on your drive.
Trail Mix: Nature's snack pack
Not all road trip snacks make you sacrifice healthy eating habits. Trail mix is the quintessential road trip snack that combines the best of both worlds – sweet and salty. Nuts, dried fruits, and a touch of chocolate or yogurt-covered treats create a satisfying blend. The mix of protein, healthy fats, and natural sugars provides a balanced energy boost for the long haul.
Veggie sticks and hummus
Give your road trip a healthy alternative to pretzels by packing pre-cut veggie sticks – carrots, celery, and bell peppers – paired with a container of hummus. It's a crunchy, satisfying snack that won't leave you feeling sluggish. The combination of fiber and nutrients keeps your body fueled and ready for adventure.
Yogurt parfait jars
For a cool and creamy option, prepare yogurt parfait jars ahead of time. Layer Greek yogurt with granola, fresh berries, and a drizzle of honey. Seal them in jars for mess-free enjoyment. This may not sound like your typical choice for road trip snacks, but it’s here for a reason. The probiotics in yogurt support digestive health, making it a smart choice for long hours on the road.
Step out of your snack comfort zone with roasted seaweed sheets. These thin, crispy delights are low in calories and high in umami flavor. They're a unique alternative to traditional snacks, offering a taste of the ocean and a break from the usual road trip snacks.
Upgrade your protein intake with a variety of jerkies – beef, turkey, or even exotic options like venison or bison. Jerky is a portable, no-mess snack that requires no refrigeration. It's a savory, satisfying choice that caters to carnivores and adds a bit of adventure to your snack lineup.
Jerky can also add to your trip by helping you experience different areas. Instead of pre-packaged national brands, look for brands made locally in specialty stores, farmer’s markets, or general store settings. Some regional chains are known for their wide selection of jerkies (We’re looking at you Buc-ee’s).
Dried fruit is also a great pick-me-up snack on the road! Beyond raisins, there’s also dried cherries, blueberries, apricots, banana chips, cranberries, and more! Packed with fiber and calorically dense with a touch of sweetness, dried fruit is a great option for on-the-go snacking.
Popcorn with a twist
Sour Patch popcorn? Cinnamon Toast flavored? Ditch the buttery movie theater popcorn for something a bit more exciting. Consider gourmet popcorn flavors like dill pickle, caramel pecan, or jalapeno cheddar. Wild About Popcorn is a good source of unusual and interesting flavors that come in resealable bags. Popcorn is a whole-grain snack that offers a satisfying crunch without the guilt. It's light, easy to share, and provides a break from heavier road trip munchies.
As you hit the road, armed with a diverse selection of road trip snacks, remember that the journey is just as important as the destination. A well-stocked snack supply fuels your adventure with excitement and flavor. Of course, don’t forget to exercise a little moderation. You don’t want to spoil your dinner!
Want to snack in your own RV?
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