How to Snack on Road Trips: 5 Deliciously Easy Tips

How to snack on road trips

This how to snack on road trips post is sponsored by Acorn Influence  for Yoplait Multipacks. All opinions are my own!  #Yoplait #MomOn AD

As a family that is constantly road tripping, fast food and convenient store snacks can only go so far before we’re craving better options. And, while junk food is the easy route, we’ve learned what to pack in our snack bags to keep us energized and ready to visit our next destination. Here’s my best tips for how to snack on road trips!

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1. Make a List Before You Travel

A couple of days before we road trip, I’ll ask Mr. Locke and The Kid what they’d like to snack on. Honestly, it depends on the season: fresh fruits in summer, heartier snacks in winter. But, it comes down to items that will pack in our cooler and travel well. Asking your family what they’d like to eat on the road will save you from buying snacks that no one will eat, too. That’s not only budget-wise but space saving.

Because I tend to leave the house without my paper list, I make a note on my iPhone of what we need and add/remove from it as needed. There’s always those snack staples that go with us on every trip and it’s a snap to look them up on my phone while at the grocery store.

2. Keep the Car Clean

No matter how hard we try, when we arrive home and start unpacking the car, it always looks like we’ve lived in it for months. But there are a few things to consider when packing snacks for the car. First, individually-wrapped/packaged snacks are easier to keep track of and keep organized. Also, consider how many of one snack you’ll need and leave the rest at home for another trip to save space. Second, keep a dedicated trash bag in the car and make it a habit to throw all wrappers/containers into it as soon as you’re finished eating or drinking. Lastly, empty that trash bag and empty it at each stop or break to keep bugs and smells out of the vehicle.

3. A Case of Water Goes a Long Way

When we’re road tripping at length, I’ll head to the grocery store beforehand and buy a case of bottled water. And, while thirst is the main reason, it also is good for emergencies like engine issues and diluting spills from other drinks. We also keep a few clean rags in the trunk just in case. In a pinch, I’ve even used a bottle of water as a magnifying glass. Yep, think National Treasure. It works.

4. What Travels Well?

There’s plenty of snacks that we enjoy that travel really well including trail mix, dried fruits, snack-size baked chips, and fruit. Of course, go with what your family enjoys or it will just be a waste of money and space. I also like to pack individual fruit drinks and ginger ale in case one of us gets an upset stomach.

As for our small cooler’s contents, it includes small bottles of chocolate milk, individually-wrapped sandwiches, and yogurt. Yes, yogurt. While I do make sure to pack plastic spoons that can be pitched or recycled, yogurt is a staple in our cooler. Tip: place individual cups of yogurt in the freezer (with or without adding a wooden stick) overnight. My teen likes to eat yogurt on the road when it’s still partially frozen. Any time of year, it’s an ideal backseat road trip treat! I also add ice in small freezer bags for adding to drinks, bumps or bruises, and keeping food and drinks cold.

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5. On the Go with Yoplait Multipacks

Have you seen the new, fun look of  Yoplait Multipacks? The coolest packaging feature is easy open top – perfect for when you’re in a hurry and want to know which flavors are left to restock. Even with the top peeled open, each 8-pack is totally stackable in the fridge. Yoplait Multipacks come in fun flavors, too, including my family’s favorite, Yoplait® Original Strawberry/Harvest Peach. If peach isn’t your family’s bag, there’s three other multipacks at  Walmart to choose from:Original Strawberry 8 pack, Original Strawberry/Mixed Berry – 8 pack, Original Strawberry Banana – 8 pack, and Original Strawberry/Orange – 8 pack.

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It’s a breeze to add a handful of trail mix or dried fruit to the cups for a fun take on the classic yogurt. Oh, and while we’re talking ease, did you know each Yoplait Multipacks yogurt cup has 6 grams of protein? That keeps The Kid full until we stop for a full meal.

Heading out on a road trip and need tips on how to snack the right way? Here's five deliciously-easy tips for road trip snacks!

What’s your best road trip snacking tip? Please let me know in the comment section below!

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14 Thoughts to “How to Snack on Road Trips: 5 Deliciously Easy Tips”

  1. I admit, I tend to just buy junk at gas stations. It just makes road trips exciting. I always have water though!

  2. I totally get the road trip and how messy a vehicle becomes, once we’ve reached out destination! It looks awful, but, we always try to pitch the trash at the next gas station, if a trash can is available. I never thought about placing yogurt in the freezer overnight! I will have to try that!

  3. Ahh, road trip snacks are so important and has to be clean as well. loved your idea of these yogurts. Shall try out the next time we hit road:)

  4. This is such a helpful list! I just went on a road trip to Nashville, Tennessee and could have definitely benefited from these tips then! Next time!!

    xo, Taylor (thesprinkle.tayloramead.com)

  5. I like your snack list idea. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Akamatra

    I go for sugar free dried fruit and nuts, fresh fruit and cheese with bread. I haven’t tried yogurt to be honest but I will think about it.

  7. Ola

    That’s funny although I eat plenty of yogurt, I never thought to pack it on a road trip. I will definitely be doing that on my next one

  8. This is such a helpful list!road trip snacks are so important and has to be clean as well. loved your idea of these yogurt

  9. Kiwi

    I am a yogurt girl. I love keeping coolers of snacks and yogurt is definitely one of them!

  10. My husband and I do a lot of road trips to Wales from London and I always prepare snacks. I put everything in little boxs, so I know where it is. I agree with you though to keep everything clean and take plenty of water.

  11. Love the convenience of yoplait packs! Such a healthy on-the-go snacking!

    Steph C. | her ink heart | http://www.herinkheart.com

  12. Road Trips are a bit of a family tradition and I always make sure we have snacks to spare!! I will be adding yoplait to the list for our next trip for sure!

  13. Great ideas, It’s something to consider, especially if one is traveling with a family. Thank you for sharing

  14. I think planning ahead is the best thing. Then you won’t have to stop as much, eat healthier and save money. This reminds me of trips with my family as a kid. My mom always had snacks.

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