Healthy Travel Snacks

Food is one of the first things I plan and pack when preparing for a trip.  (I’m not the only one right?!)  Being the health nut that I am, having high quality food to snack on during a road trip, plane ride and/or stay at a hotel is a must.  Sometimes I struggle with what to bring, as most of the food I normally eat needs to be cooked or refrigerated.  But last weekend I put extra effort into my food-packing for our 8 hour road trip and the results turned out fairly well!

Being that I am always on the search for new snack essentials I thought it would be helpful to share some of my snack ideas.  All snacks mentioned are gluten-free, easily portable and nutritious.  Most of these suggestions are food that I brought on my last trip, but there are a few extras.

Fresh Fruit

Before packing fresh fruit, I always wash it in vinegar water, rinse and then let dry so that it is ready to eat.  The vinegar helps kill mold and makes the fruit last longer.

  • Apples
  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Berries: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries
  • Cherries
  • Cut melon (watermelon, cantelope)
  • Plums
  • Tomatoes

Fresh Vegetables

  • Broccoli (washed and cut)
  • Carrots
  • Snap Peas

Dried Fruit

Nuts and Seeds

  • Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts (I typically buy mine from bulk bins.  You can eat them raw or toast them and add your own flavoring/spices.)
  • Coconut Strips (Trader Joe’s)
  • Nut butter (unsweetened almond butter, peanut butter…)
  • Pumpkin seeds

Energy Bars



  • Cheese Sticks (Organic Valley)
  • Sliced cheese (cut up your favorite cheese and keep in a container for easy snacking)



Obviously these snack ideas barely brush the surface; there are so many options, especially if you have access to a full refrigerator once you reach your destination.  Hopefully these suggestions are helpful.  I’d love to know what food you always bring on trips.  Or do you even pack food?


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