During the holidays, it is best to pack some travel snacks with you when you are away from home. Whether you’re on a road trip to visit family, flying to an exotic destination or just shopping, travel snacks are a good way to keep you and the family from getting too hungry. They help curb that urge to run through a drive thru at a fast food restaurant. A little planning ahead of time can really save you and your family money when it comes to snacks.
1. Fresh Vegetables
Fresh vegetables are a great healthy and inexpensive snack while on the road. They are full of vitamins and minerals. This snack can be prepared the day before the trip and placed in a Ziploc bag. Keep the veggies in the refrigerator until ready to leave. Most veggies do not have to be refrigerated all day long, but if you are going on a road trip and prefer them cool; put the vegetables in an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack.
Examples of some of the vegetables you can add into your bag are celery sticks, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, sugar snap peas and even broccoli or cauliflower. If you are taking the insulated bag, you can buy a refrigerated single serve package of dip. These are inexpensive and disposable. Another great cheap idea is to put some salsa or salad dressing like Italian in a resealable small container. You can dip your veggies while you travel, and when you’re finished snap the lid back on and stow in the lunch bag.
2. Fresh Fruit
Fruit is another healthy snack that is inexpensive. It travels well. You can stick an apple or pear in your purse to eat later. Most fruits do not need to be refrigerated. If taking fragile fruits such as bananas, you may want to beware as they can smash easy. Apples can be sliced prior to travel and sprinkled with some lemon juice to keep them from browning. Picking up single serve caramel dips will be a nice treat for the kids. The containers can be thrown away when empty.
3. Homemade Trail Mix
Homemade trail mix is a great idea. It is easy to make and the whole family can get involved. Each family member can put their name on a small size Ziploc bag and make their own version of the snack for the road. Check out the dry cereal you may have in your pantry first before purchasing any more cereals. Add some other treats to the mix such as pretzel sticks, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips or holiday M&M candies. You can add a few small candy canes, Goldfish crackers or popcorn also. This is an easy inexpensive treat that everyone tends to enjoy and will love to munch while traveling.
When traveling, snacks can be very expensive for a family. Planning ahead of the departure is the key to thrifty snacking success. Taking fresh cut vegetables and fruit are a healthier option for a family than a bag of chips or french fries. Homemade trail mix is a fun way to snack. Kids and adults like this treat. You can customize it with your favorite items. Snacks do not need to be expensive to be good. Use your creativity to come up with a budget friendly way to travel with your family.