Must-Have Family Road Trip Snacks (Mess-Free)

It's officially summer, which means it is time to hit the road and take the road trip you've planned for months. Your suitcases are packed, the fuel tank is full, and your car is set for the long journey ahead. All you need to bring is one last essential for a successful drive: snacks. When it comes to children eating on the go and keeping your seat crumb-free, not all snacks can do that. With a bit of research, you can provide healthy, mess-free snacks for everyone in the family. 



To be ready on time, prep individual snack packs the night before your trip. Include various bite-sized, mess-free meal options that can keep everyone full for the duration of the trip. When shopping for snacks, consider adding all of the following: protein, fruit, vegetable, and sweet treat. We recommend using a reusable, closable container, so you can simply revisit the snack if needed.



If you're pushing for time or want additional snack options, you can buy pre-packaged food from the store. You should search for foods that can be eaten in one serving and avoid chips or crackers that can cause crumbs. Here are some of our favoritesnacks for traveling in the car:

  • Chewy granola bars
  • Hand-held, no-peel fruits such as apples, berries, and grapes
  • Pre-made veggie packets, such as carrots and celery
  • Trail mix and nuts
  • Fruit snack pouches (watch out for sugar content)
  • String cheese


The easiest way to keep your vehicle clean during a road trip is to give every person in the car their trash bag and hand wipes or napkins. Remind everyone to keep their fingers sticky-free. If you do not have a trash bin in your car already, you can opt to bring extra trash bags. You may need them for the ride back home as well! 


With the summer heat, your car is at a higher risk of overheating or breaking down this summer. To help prevent headaches on your road trip, bring your vehicle to Dub's Garage for a pre-trip vehicle inspection. Our expert team will take great care of what's under the hood, so you can focus on packing the essentials like snacks!

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