Our Top Ten Favorite Snacks for Travel

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When you’re traveling, it’s important to have an arsenal of yummy snacks with you so you don’t have to spend a lot of money buying them. What I like to do for my family and myself is meal prep healthy snacks so we don’t have to stop to buy food. Not only is eating out not as healthy for you but it’s also expensive. Since we’re all about living frugally on this blog, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite snacks for traveling that are easy to make/buy and are budget-friendly!

Granola or Granola Bars (Store-bought or Homemade)

Granola or Granola bars are one of my favorite travel snacks! You can either buy these or make them yourself. I love making homemade granola or granola bars because I can put exactly what I want in it and it’s much cheaper. Look for granola bars that have some nuts in them or make them with nuts (unless you or a family member are allergic to nuts) because it will keep you fuller for much longer. I also like to make a batch of two or homemade granola and pop it in a bag for my family and me to snack on while we’re traveling!


Yogurt is a great snack for getting a little protein in while traveling. The key with yogurt is to pick one that doesn’t have a ton of added sugar and is high in protein. For example, Greek yogurt or Icelandic Skyr is packed with protein and has very little added sugar. Granted, they aren’t as sweet as typical yogurts, but they are so much healthier for you. Plus, the added protein will keep you full for hours versus a sugary yogurt. You can either get plain or fruit-filled yogurt and top it with a little homemade granola for some added crunch!


Nuts are high in fat which means they will keep you full for a long time. Plus, they are great for your heart, so you can feel good about eating them. You also don’t need a lot of nuts to keep you full, so it’s a great option to bring on a road trip or flight when you don’t have a ton of space. You can spring for plain nuts or seasoned nuts depending on what you and your family enjoy. 

Fresh or Dried Fruit

Fresh fruit such as apples, oranges, and bananas are a great way to get your daily recommended fruit and Vitamin C servings! I also like to pair a piece of fruit with nuts or nut butter for some added fat to keep my family full. Another great snack option is dried fruit. Dried fruit is basically like candy, but without all the added sugar. You can get plain dried fruit like mangoes, bananas, and apples. You can also get trail mix or granola with dried fruit added for extra sweetness! 


Popcorn is a great snack option for traveling! My family and I love the Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn and bring it with us on every single trip! I usually try to grab a party-size bag of white cheddar popcorn or kettle corn before our trip and it’s gone by the end of our travels! Popcorn isn’t super high in calories which means you can eat a lot of it. Plus, popcorn is lightweight so it won’t be a hassle to take with you. 

Veggies (With and Without Dip)

I love bringing veggies on trips because they’re healthy and don’t require a ton of prep work. If you don’t like eating raw veggies by themselves, you can bring some hummus or ranch to give them life! I love prepping veggies and dip for my kids because it gives them their daily veggies but also tastes amazing!

Nut Butter

If you’re a huge peanut butter lover, you’ll love this snack idea. If I can’t think of anything else to prep for our trip, I’ll throw in a couple of single-serve packs of peanut butter. You can either eat this plain (no judgment here), or you can add it to other snacks such as fruit, celery, and yogurt! Nut butter is high in fat and will keep you full for hours so it’s a great snack option to bring with you while traveling!

Dark Chocolate

I am a huge dark chocolate lover. Dark chocolate is super good for you (in small amounts of course), and helps you feel satiated. I love bringing dark chocolate because it’s a little higher in fat, which means it will keep you fuller longer and tastes like dessert. When you or your kids are craving something sweet but don’t want a sugar high, dark chocolate is the way to go. 


Oatmeal is a great snack to bring while traveling because it’s lightweight and easily customizable. You can add nut butter, dark chocolate, and fruit to your oatmeal, which will keep you full for hours. All you need is a little water or milk and you can have a deliciously fibrous snack in minutes! 

Cheese Sticks

Cheese sticks are another great protein option to quickly throw in a cooler for your trip. If a cheese stick isn’t enough food for you (I don’t blame you), you can always eat it with some veggies and dip or pair it with some granola for a little salty-sweet snack! Cheese sticks are great low-prep travel snacks that won’t break the bank, so make sure you take these on your next trip!


These quick and easy travel snacks will not only save you money while traveling but also keep you and your family satisfied!

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