We leave to go home from vacation this morning, and as I’m getting the kids’ things together the one thing that keeps running through my mind is, “Do I have enough snacks…the right kinds of snacks?” We have a five year old and a one (almost two) year old, so this year I’m finally able to simplify the assortment of snacks since they can pretty much eat the same stuff. Here are my must-have road trip kid-friendly snacks:
|Sippy Cups: Juice boxes seem easier, but even with those plastic holders they are MESSY in the car. Specifically, we use the Playtex Sipster cups because I think they do the best job at not leaking.|
Apple Juice: I think watery apple juice runs in the veins of our kids instead of blood, they drink so much. For road trips, I premix a 50/50 split of apple juice and water in a plastic jug and just refill the sippies as needed.
|Pretzel Packs: Whether we fill our own zip top bags, or buy the little 100 Calorie Pretzel Packs, our kids LOVE to eat pretzels. And, as far as cracker/chip type foods go, these aren’t that messy in the car.|
Flat Lollipops: Don’t laugh. I actually bought an entire bag of assorted hard candy so that I could pull 10 flat lollipops from it. I searched three stores, and none of them had flat lollipops! Anyway, if you don’t mind sticky kids, lollipops are a great way for them to pass time in the car.
Fruit Snacks: Sometimes we buy the regular cheap fruit snacks, but if these are on sale or if I have a coupon, I’ll buy the Gerber Juice Treats since they’re made of juice, with no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Bonus: they taste pretty good too!
And that about does it for us! What sorts of treats and snacks do you bring on road trips with your kids?