Everybody loves the idea of road tripping. But when the long hour car rides to hit, the anxious feeling of never reaching your destination arrives. It can get very boring but, something that definitely helps is snacking.

Whenever you are bored, you look for something to snack on, and long road trips are the perfect example of it. Road trip snacks are fuel for the body and mind. They’re not just sustenance for the car ride — they’re part of the entertainment.

Here are some of the best road trip snacks for both sweet and salty tooths:

The most simple and obvious one, sandwiches. This is a great one you can adapt to your sweet or salty preferences. Keep in mind the difference between a snack and a meal. You want to pack something light and simple like a PB&J or a ham and cheese sandwich – definitely not a meatball sub. Kids love it, adults love it, it is just perfect for long car rides

road trip snacks

Candy: The dessert of your road trip eating, candy speaks to your sweet tooth. This is a great option to help keep you awake at night and make your snacking a little more fun. It is easy to pack and so convenient to have when the boredom starts to hit. It could be Gummy Bears, Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish, or whatever your preference is.

Road trip snacks

The one and only, popcorn. We have been conditioned to think popcorn is the ultimate mindless snack. We shovel it in while watching movies, and we can shovel it in while driving, too. It is so simple yet so iconic to have while on the road. It is pretty much mess-free and even if you manage to make a mess with them, they’re still pretty easy to clean. The cons to this road trip staple are that it will inevitably get wedged in between your teeth and gums, so pack a toothpick for kernel excavation.

road trip snacks

Protein bars are another essential snack to have for your road trips. Maybe you started driving really early in the morning and you didn’t have time for breakfast – then a protein bar is perfect for that. They are so easy to carry around and they don’t take any extra space. And they are a healthier option if you are craving a chocolate bar. They also come in handy when you are feeling a little hungry but don’t have the time to stop and have a meal. These will keep you full for a while.

road trip snacks

It wouldn’t be a road trip if you aren’t carrying beef jerky or beef stick around. Think of them as a salty alternative to the protein bars. Everybody loves them and they are perfect to grab on the go and enjoy during car rides. You just have to have them.

Drinks: they’re important! With all the snacking you’ll be doing, you need something to drink with it. You can have some sodas or juice boxes to enjoy on the way, but the most important one is definitely water. Some people try to avoid drinking too much water, so they don’t need to go to the bathroom too often. But drinking water is important to stay hydrated, stay alert and avoid bloating. Also, there’s nothing more refreshing than a cold water bottle when the car ride is starting to feel drowsy.

Summer is here and road trips are about to begin. Have fun and get ready to hit the road while having the best snack to enjoy.