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It’s a proven fact that we put more miles on car during the holiday season than at any other time of the year. The trips to and from family gatherings probably account for 90 percent of that mileage, because grandmother’s house is literally “over the river and through the woods” (lots and lots and lots of woods).
Despite our best efforts to satisfy our hunger before we leave the house, those long trips can sometimes work up an appetite. That’s why I never leave home without a few handy snacks. But which ones should I pack? The following are three of the best road trip snacks – and three of the worst – to consider for your next journey.
THE BEST ROAD TRIP SNACKS
TRAIL MIX – This combination of fruit and nuts (and those little yogurt nuggets if you get the good stuff) are an easy and healthy on-the-go snack. Just throw a few handfuls in a baggie and you’re all set!
BEEF JERKY – This is my husband’s favorite road trip snack. In fact, the only time he eats beef jerky is when we’re hitting the road. I’m not a fan of jerky, and neither is our diva, but it’s definitely an easy snack. Best of all, it won’t leave a mess in the car!
ANIMAL CRACKERS – Any small, bite-sized crackers will do here. The nice thing about this snack is that it’s fun for the whole family. Will you inevitably find a few crackers under the seat six months later? Sure, but I’ve found a lot worse under my seat, so I think I can handle a few camel-shaped crackers.
THE WORST ROAD TRIP SNACKS
CHOCOLATEY CANDY BARS – This will be the only time that something made of chocolate will find its way onto a “worst” list, but trust me on this one. The chocolate usually ends up on your little one’s fingers, which then ends up on little one’s clothes, car seats, and just about anything else within arm’s reach.
PIPING HOT FRENCH ONION SOUP – Okay, I’m half kidding about this one (although I’m sure some people have actually tried it), but it does raise a good point about another high temperature road trip staple – coffee. In my experience, any scalding hot liquid in a car is more trouble that it’s worth, especially if you’re driving.
CHILI DOGS – This one’s pretty obvious, but it’s one that I’ve actually witnessed my husband trying to consume in the car. Let’s just say, it didn’t end well for his shirt. Other foods to include in this messy category include tacos, burritos, nachos (just about any Mexican food, really), pizza, and sub sandwiches with the works.
If anyone has any ideas for best and worst snacks to add to this list, feel free to leave a comment!
This post was inspired by my involvement in the Kia Social Club. All opinions are my own.