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 since we’ve been traveling quite a bit recently, I’ve found some new favorite, portable snacks that are great for the whole family.

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.

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 (Bring a plastic knife to cut into)
  • Bananas
  • Berries: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries
  • Cherries (bring trash bag or container to spit out seeds)
  • Cut Melon (watermelon, cantelope)
  • Plums
  • Tomatoes

Fresh Vegetables

  • Broccoli (washed and cut)
  • Carrots (mini or peel large carrot and chop)
  • Cucumber (washed and sliced)
  • Peppers (mini or cut up a large pepper)
  • Snap Peas

Dried Fruit/Vegetables

Nuts, Seeds & Coconut

  • Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts… (I typically buy mine from bulk bins.  You can eat them raw or toast them and add your own flavoring/spices.)
  • Nut butter (unsweetened almond butter, peanut butter…)
  • Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
  • Dried Coconut

Energy Bars



  • Organic Cheese Sticks
  • 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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