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Essential Road Trip Snacks + Giveaway

My family’s about to go on our first real-deal road trip. We’re hitting the dusty road to Western Nebraska and South Dakota for a week.

With two small kids, snacks are a necessity on a daily basis, but when there’s an extended car ride involved? They’re essential. However, I don’t want to keep buying junk from a gas station every time we’re hungry. I’m fine with some junk, but not only junk, know what I mean?

I’ve consulted Pinterest and I’ve consulted my stomach – together, we’ve come up with a plan.

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Heads up: EssentialRoad Trip Snack Package Giveaway at the end of the post!

Road trip essentials:

Something fresh

Apples, grapes and/or bananas

String cheese


Something salty

Vic’s Popcorn – I go for the half-salt kind and you retain the flavor
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers – Always a crowd-pleaser with small kids, and the variety pack is a good deal

Homemade Chex Mix


Chips – Here’s my road trip indulgence. I hardly ever buy them otherwise, but I need chips on the road.

Jerky – Admittedly, I got this for nostalgia, since we used to have jerky on our canoe trips and since we’ll be canoeing the Niobrara, I couldn’t not bring something like Jack Link’s Original Turkey Jerky.


Something sweet

Sweet Cinnamon Protein Pretzels – These gluten-free snacks come in handy, single-serve bags from Tastefully Simple. My kids devour them.


MacroBar Minis – I was sent a box of minis from GoMacro MacroBars to try out, so I’m banking on at least one of the 11 flavors satisfying the kids (my money’s on peanut butter chocolate chip being a favorite). They’re a sweet treat that I don’t feel guilty about feeding my kids, all ingredients are organic, non-GMO project verified, kosher, gluten free and vegan certified.

Family Bars

Vanilla Bean Chai Snack Mix – I got some vanilla bean chai mix from Tastefully Simple, so I’m thinking of trying out this simple recipe.

Mandarin Orange Bread Mix – This is the only kind of baking I don’t mess up. 🙂


Things for a long haul

Fruit squeezies – I get a variety, so something like GoGo Squeez Applesauce or Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers works.

Homemade trail mix – I mix almonds, cashews and sunflower seeds with dried cranberries and the gluten-free Jalapeno Honey Mustard Protein Pretzels from Tastefully Simple (their flavor is too much for my kids when eaten alone). I usually add white chocolate chips but they’ll melt too easily for this trip.


Add these spicy bad boys to your trail mix for a nice kick

Star Wars Fruit Flavored Gummy Snacks – I tend to avoid gummy and fruit snacks with the kids since they were the main cause of my son’s cavity. However, these can be a road trip indulgence for them.


Edited July 6: Congrats to Jill N. for winning the giveaway!

Is a road trip in your near future? You’re in luck!


One reader will win an Essential Road Trip Food Package with tasty, kid-friendly (and let’s be honest, grown up-friendly) food! You’ll have a leg up on your next road trip preparations! Winner will receive:

Variety Box of MacroMini bars – GoMacro offers 11 different bars to try, all are USDA organic, gluten-free certified, non-GMO project verified, vegan certified, kosher certified, macrobiotic and soy-free. These on-the-go minibars are each 110 calories or less. Box valued at $30.95.

2 boxes of Tastefully Simple protein pretzels – Winner receives a 6-pack box of Sweet Cinnamon Protein Pretzels and a 6-pack box of Jalapeno Honey Mustard Protein Pretzels. Each box is valued at $14.99.

It’s Easy to Enter!

1. Leave a comment sharing your favorite road trip snack.

I’ll be doing a lot of Instagram work on the road trip so I’d like you to follow along. You can earn three additional entries if you are on Instagram!

Bonus Entries!

1. Follow Oh My! Omaha on Instagram at @ohmyomaha. Leave a comment to say you follow me and include your handle.

2. Follow GoMacro MacroBars on Instagram at @GoMacro. Leave a comment to say you follow GoMacro MacroBars and include your handle.

3. Follow Tastefully Simple on Instagram at @tastefullysimpl. Leave a comment to say you follow GoMacro MacroBars and include your handle.


Giveaway ends July 5 at 11:59 p.m. Must be 18 or older to enter. U.S. residents only. Winner will be randomly drawn by random.org. Winner will be contacted via email, so please use an email you check regularly! Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email before I drawn another name.

Disclaimer: I was provided complimentary samples from Tastefully Simple and GoMacro. The giveaway items are provided by Tastefully Simple and GoMacro.

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Jenny H

Sunday 19th of July 2015

I'm on instagram!

Jenny H

Sunday 19th of July 2015

homemade trail mix in ziplock baggies with each person's preferences of what's in it!


Monday 6th of July 2015

I also follow Oh My Omaha on IG, @jtdlt.


Monday 6th of July 2015

In case a separate comment is required for each, I follow Tastefully Simple on IG, @jtdlt.

Todd Snover

Sunday 5th of July 2015

Corn nuts, only time I eat them is long distance car trips.

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