As you fuel up your car for road trips this summer, don’t forget to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs for those long miles ahead. Traveling doesn’t mean sacrificing your healthy eating goals. A little planning can go a long way to keep you feeling satisfied and energized. Use our tips to bring nourishing, portable snacks along for the ride!

Pack the Protein: Protein is key to feeling energized and satisfied from exit to exit. You’ll want to pack convenient, protein-rich items that create minimal messes. Try protein bars, almonds, string cheese, hard-cooked eggs or squeezable yogurt. These protein favorites are easy to pack and eat on the road.

Fruits & Veggies: We know that fruits and veggies make healthy snacks, but some varieties are better suited for road trips than others. Avoid fruits and veggies that bruise or stain easily. Instead, try clementines, grapes, carrots, celery, radishes or snap peas. Bring along dips like hummus or nut butter to boost the flavor – use store-bought prepackaged dips for ease!

Savory Snacks & Sweet Treats: Savory snacks and sweet treats are a must-have for road trips – you’re on vacation after all! Bring along some popcorn, jerky, trail mix, chickpea snacks, whole-grain cereal, granola bites or dark chocolate to satisfy those sweet and salty cravings.

Don’t Forget the Drinks: Traveling is dehydrating, so be sure to pack plenty of refreshments. While keeping hydrated requires more pit stops, it makes a good excuse to step out of the car and stretch your legs. Bring along water bottles, lemonade, coffee drinks, coconut water or low-sugar juice boxes for the kids.

Storage Tips

Pack Smart: Instead of rummaging through a snack bag to find what you need, pack all your road trip snacks in a wide plastic basket or tub. Since it’s open, you’ll be able to see all the options and access them with ease!

Remember the Essentials: Don’t forget to pack a roll of paper towels, hand sanitizer and bags for any trash that comes as a result of snacking!

Keep it Cool: Coolers are necessary for premade meals like wraps, sandwiches or anything else you want to keep cold! Block ice keeps longer than cubes, so use frozen gel packs, water bottles or jugs. Instead of placing the cooler in the trunk, keep it where it’s air-conditioned and cover it with a heavy bath towel for further insulation.