“Tis the season for hitting the open road. Every summer we take an annual road trip to southern California to visit family and friends. As much as I love getting away for a week or two of relaxation, the actual traveling part can be long and tedious.

With two young boys and a 13+ hour drive, the biggest challenge for me is making sure we eat well. Too many times we’ve relied on gas station and fast food fare. Ugh, gross, I know. With limited food choices on the road, I long ago learned that packing a cooler with snacks and drinks was the way to go. The key is packing things that both mama and kids are excited to eat.


When I was in elementary school, my mom used to freeze the original Capri Suns and we would use them as our “ice pack” in our brown paper lunch bags. We didn’t have insulated bags back in the day. By the time lunch rolled around, our lunch was still cool, and the juice was perfectly cold and ready to drink. I do the same thing with my kids today. Capri Suns have never gone out of style, you know…..

Capri Sun has a new fruit and vegetable juice blend out called Super V. When I freeze it and use it in the cooler as an ice pack, it means I have more space to pack healthy snacks! My kids love to drink the juice when it’s almost defrosted. They love the slushy effect and think it’s a cool and special treat. Since I’m always looking for ways to sneak in some vegetables, it’s a win-win for kids and mama. I feel great about letting them have it, and they genuinely love it.

As much my kids would love to stop at every gas station along the way and pick out some candy or chips to go with their juice, I just can’t do it. Here are a few of my favorite healthier car snack ideas to pack when we hit the open road.


Hard Boiled Eggs and Cheese– Two real protein packed snacks, they’re both easy and virtually no mess. (I peel the eggs before we take off.) I like to pack a small container with coarse salt and pepper for dipping the eggs in. I have to have salt and pepper on a hard boiled egg!


Homemade Trail Car Mix– Equal parts cheddar bunnies and graham cracker bunnies. A large handful of raisins and your favorite nuts and a few semi-sweet chocolate chips. A kid (and parent) friendly snack that is both salty and sweet. I pack it in one big container and bring a few small plastic cups so each kid has their own, and I can control portions. This is a great way to tide my little ones’ bellies over until we stop for dinner.


Low Fat Blueberry Muffins– This is my favorite recipe. With little fat and whole wheat flour, these are loaded with blueberries and flavor. It makes for a great breakfast when we’ve hit the road really early!


Fresh Fruit & Vegetables– Fruit is an obvious choice, and it’s great because it doesn’t take up room in the cooler and the more fruit and vegetables I can get my kids to eat the happier I am!

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51 Responses to Healthy Road Trip Eats & Drinks

  1. carrian says:

    My kiddos love the fruit punch Capri Sun, and I always make homemade granola bars, baby bell cheese and miltons crackers, a dried fruit trail mix.

  2. We usually pack trail mix in individual serving sizes. My kids like the berry Capri Suns.

  3. Colleen says:

    I like anything that can be dipped in peanut butter.

  4. Michelle Barb says:

    Favorite healthier snacks for our travels is string cheese and dried fruit and any flavor CarpiSun is a win win!

  5. I like to take baby carrots on road trips and low fat chips. Berry Capri Suns a pretty tasty.

  6. Sarah says:

    I usually freeze Gogurts for road trips-the low sugar kind makes me much happier and the ids love the partially frozen taste.

  7. I adore your hardboiled eggs and cheese idea. Such a cute way to package!!

  8. Equal parts cheddar bunnies and graham cracker bunnies. A large handful of raisins and your favorite nuts and a few semi-sweet chocolate chips = GREAT IDEA!!!!!

    And those blueberry muffins – they are perfect!

    My fave road trip item is…plenty of napkins and wetwipes 🙂

  9. Amanda says:

    Sliced grapes/strawberries in ziploc baggies and string cheese! My kids love any Capri Sun flavor they can get their hands on 🙂

  10. We always take along fresh fruit like grapes and apple slices on our road trips. And my kids are capri-sun fanatics! I don’t think they have a favorite…they just love those little pouches!

  11. Karista says:

    Kelley you are Super Mom! I love the little cheese and egg package. I think I might snatch your idea for our next road trip. 🙂 Thanks for posting, I love this!

  12. Tiffany Winner says:

    i like to take pretzels and grapes on the road, i dont think my kids have ever had capri sun yet

  13. marla says:

    Great ideas Kelley ~ linking back to this tomorrow.

  14. Tina M says:


  15. Whole fruits like bananas and apples are great, of course. We also bring string cheese and beef jerky (I’m counting that as healthy, heh). My son hasn’t had a lot of Capri Sun, but his favorite flavors are usually cherry and grape.

  16. Kim says:

    Great ideas. I will have to check out the capri suns with vegies. Vegies are the one thing I don’t always get into the school lunch bag. Thanks

  17. Linh C says:

    Love your ideas for snacks on the road!

    We like to pack grapes and apples.

  18. Jake B says:

    To cut down on the amount of sugar and carbs that my kids have during the school day, I give them flavored sparkling waters made by Syfo. They taste great and have no sugar, sodium, artificial sweeteners or other additives. They’re also made from water purified through reverse osmosis. I know Syfo is in grocery stores here in the Southeast and I think you can order online at http://syfobeverages.com.

  19. Marcia Goss says:

    On road trips, we take a cooler with cheese and fruit salad with melon, grapes, pineapple.
    My granddaughter’s favorite Capri Sun flavor is fruit punch.

  20. Bev Edge says:

    Fresh fruits, cheese cubes, sandwich crackers (cheese or peanut butter) and trail mix are all great car snacks. I’ve never tried hard boiled eggs, but I think it’s a lovely idea! My kids’ favorite Capri Sun flavor is Tropical Punch.

  21. jennifer horn says:

    we take grapes, apples and cheese and crackers on road trips along with fruit punch capri suns.

  22. sandra says:

    i try to buy fruit snacks and juices with “hidden” fruits and vegetables

  23. LAMusing says:

    Grapes are easy to eat and not too messy on the road, same with sweet baby carrot sticks. I also love nuts mixed with dried fruits.

  24. Rebecca Graham says:

    I take granola bars as snacks. Fruit Punch is the favorite flavor of Capri Sun.

  25. Lisa Brown says:

    We take dried fruits, vegetable and fruit juices, apples, grapes, whatever they like.
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  26. Kerry says:

    We usually do apples, string cheese, and graham crackers.

  27. My kids actually love to have pouches of different crunchy fruit and veggies & popcorn especially on road trips for my boys baseball games.

  28. Karina Lee says:

    we make smoothies

  29. Daniel M says:

    usually whole apples oranged pears

  30. Lee says:

    my favorite healthier snacks to take on road trips are bananas and apples. favorite Capri Sun flavor is Fruit Punch.

  31. Eugenie says:

    fave road snack is dried fruit and nuts.

  32. nannypanpan says:

    we like capri sun fruit punch
    and i pack cheese sticks, go gurts or granola bars for road trips

  33. Melanie says:

    I mix them into mac and cheese.

  34. Sheei says:

    I like pretzels, cheese sticks and sweet and salty trail mix.

  35. Nonnie says:

    Melon spears, beef jerky, nograinola, dried fruit in sandwich bags, string cheese and frozen juice pouches are some of our travel favorites.

  36. Jennifer Swartzentruber says:

    Apples and almonds, and of course a little fair trade chocolate 😉 I grew up with Capri Suns as ice packs, too, and still use them with my kiddos!!

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