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12 Snack Ideas for the Ultimate Winter Road Trip

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Road trips aren’t just for the summer months. The average long-distance winter road trip is 262 miles, which means you need to be prepared and bring along plenty of snacks for the drive. Since it’s a road trip, spice things up a little and bring along a variety of snacks. These ideas include some snacks for sweetness, some for nutrition, and some for crunch. There are even some that cover all three bases!

Before we proceed further, here is a helpful guide on how to pack your snacks, so that you enjoy your trip rather than worrying up about the mess.

1. Mixed Nuts and Seeds

Mixed Nuts and Seeds

When you’re seeking comforting snacks on a winter road trip, it is normal to gravitate toward sweet treats and carbohydrates. While there is nothing wrong with some tasty indulgences, it is also important to enjoy some protein and healthy fats on the go. A great option with minimal preparation time is a bag of mixed nuts and seeds. Dry roasted versions won’t leave you with oily fingers, which is a plus if you’re traveling with children.

2. Pretzels


One of the top snacks for traveling in the car is a bag of pretzels. This is a snack that is incredibly affordable and requires no preparation whatsoever. Plus, it isn’t messy and it is loved by just about anyone. If you’re traveling with a gluten-sensitive person, there are plenty of gluten-free pretzels available as well.

3. Protein Bars

Protein Bars

The most neglected macronutrient on a winter road trip is protein. It is easy to grab snacks with plenty of carbohydrates from any gas station, but you might have to do a little more planning to get in enough protein. A great option is gluten free protein bars. There are options that are soy-free and vegan, too, so you can get enough protein whatever your dietary restrictions happen to be.

4. Berries


During the summer months, the fruit is a staple road trip snack. During the winter, however, it might seem like a less obvious choice. Berries can be a great snack that packs a slightly sweet flavor without a lot of sugar.

5. PB&J Sandwiches

PB&J Sandwiches

Among favorite road trip snacks is a perennial favorite: PB&J. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich takes just seconds to prepare and it is universally appealing. Plus, it’s a filling alternative to other snacks. Just grab half a sandwich if you’re not ready for a full meal.

6. Yogurt


Yes, yogurts can be a good snack during a road trip. The secret is to bring along yogurt tubes so there is no mess as you enjoy.

7. Healthy Homemade Muffins

Healthy Homemade Muffins

The holidays are a great time to bake, but not everything has to be unhealthy. Try baking some healthy homemade muffins for your next road trip. You might try replacing butter with applesauce or swapping traditional flour for low-carb almond flour if you want to upgrade the nutritional profile a little.

8. DIY Popcorn Mix

DIY Popcorn Mix

Plain popcorn is low in calories and has some fiber, so it can be a healthy road trip snack. To make it even tastier and healthier, add in some other ingredients for a DIY popcorn mix. Dried fruit, seeds or cereal can make popcorn an even better snack for the road.

9. Sparkling Waters and Seltzers

Sparkling Waters and Seltzers

Over the holidays, plenty of drinks are packed with calories. So when you’re trying to stay hydrated on a road trip, be sure to pack some low or no-calorie beverages for hydration. If plain water doesn’t excite you, sip on sparkling waters or flavored seltzers for some added flavor and fun.

10. Roasted Edamame

Roasted Edamame

Edamame is the Japanese name for whole soybeans. In their natural state, they come in an inedible shell. As a road trip snack, try the roasted version without any shells. Roasted edamame is crunchy and salty, making it the ideal snack for a winter road trip.

11. Beef or Turkey Jerky

Beef or Turkey Jerky

Protein bars are perhaps the ultimate way to boost protein on a road trip, but jerky can be an alternative. Whether you choose beef or turkey jerky, you’ll appreciate that this snack doesn’t need to be refrigerated and tastes good at any time of day. Watch the flavorings, because some varieties are loaded with sugar or sodium.

12. Pancake Sandwiches

Pancake Sandwiches

Eager to hit the road as early as possible, but don’t want to skip a holiday breakfast? A fun option is to make pancake sandwiches. Just make pancakes the night before and let them cool. Then, on the morning of your trip, spread peanut butter between two pancakes and form a sandwich. You can also add cheese or even bacon for a sweet and savory combo.

If you’re eager to expand your road trip snack list, these suggestions are a wonderful place to start. Fill up on gas and then keep your stomachs full as you venture home for the holidays or head to an in-law’s home for a big family celebration.

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