20 Healthy Snacks to Pack When You're Traveling

Tasty, Filling Snacks That Are Actually Good for You

Homemade Granola Bars
The Minimalist Baker

When you travel, there are so many times when you're going to get hungry. If you're not prepared with healthy snacks, it's all too easy to give in to the temptation of grabbing a chocolate bar or another sugary or fatty snack at a rest stop. When kids start clamoring for food, it's especially hard to remember your resolutions to eat healthy as a family, if there aren't healthy options close at hand. That's why we've put together this list of our favorite healthy...MORE travel snack recipes that you can make at home, and bring along on road trips, for airplane travel, or just when you're jetting between activities in your busy life. Keep your commitment to live a healthier lifestyle - and keep your waistline trim - with these easy, yummy recipes for healthy snacks on the go.

  • 01 of 20
    vegan hummus wrap
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    Looking for a healthy, filling snack for your next road trip, a bring-along snack or small meal for airplane travel? This healthy vegan California-style avocado hummus wrap sandwich recipe with hummus, avocado and sprouts is super-easy to make and practically without mess. Lovers of trendy avocado toast will love this simple way to enjoy the taste of avocado when you're on the move.

  • 02 of 20
    spiced peanuts
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    Protein-rich peanuts are tossed with spices and then roasted, in this uber-simple and healthy recipe that makes a great travel snack you can take with you anywhere. Make them in about 30 minutes and pack them in resealable, air-tight containers for a long-lasting, portable snack or treat. Spiced peanuts also make a great holiday (or anytime) food gift, packed in mason jars and decorated with ribbon or a homemade label. (As with anything nut-related, be sure to ask about allergies before...MORE gifting).

  • 03 of 20
    trail mix
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    Trail mix is a time-honored travel snack that's a favorite of campers and canoe trippers, all the way up to executives flying first class. That's because it's super nutritious, while also being super delicious. Here's a mega-healthy homemade trail mix recipe that includes some cutting-edge raw superfoods, such as hemp seeds, goji berries and mulberries, to really give you a healthy boost of energy, which always comes in handy no matter how you travel. Toss in a few chocolate...MORE chips if you're feeling decadent, for a totally addictive, healthy treat that's easy to pack, carry and snack on.

  • 04 of 20
    Low Fat Banana Muffins
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    Portable, banana muffins are a favorite treat and smell so good when they're baking. They're also high in stress-reducing potassium, a bonus when you're traveling. Make a batch for the family's next road trip, or for a great after-school snack when you're running between school and extra-curricular activities. You can also add raisins to the recipe, for extra potassium and fiber.

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  • 05 of 20
    baked kale chips
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    Savory, crunchy kale chips are a trendy, nutritional snack that make a delicious alternative to potato chips. They are so tasty, your family is sure to gobble them right up, even those kids and adults who don't think they like kale. This is also a fun recipe to make with kids. Pack some for your next family vacation (see the recipe for tips on how to keep them fresh), or stash some in the glove compartment of your car, for a nutritious on-the-road snack.

  • 06 of 20
    tortilla roll-ups
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    These yummy little tortilla roll-ups make a great travel treat that delivers Tex-Mex taco flavors in a bite-sized snack. Filled with an easy mixture of cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, canned green chiles and chopped vegetables, we dare you to eat just one. If you love spice, go ahead and toss in some minced jalapeño peppers, or a dash of Tabasco before rolling up your wraps.

  • 07 of 20
    edamame
    The Spruce

    Spicy foods can boost your metabolism, so why not add a spicy kick to the typical steamed edamame snack? We love edamame beans as travel bites, and this recipe turns up the heat, much like store-bought wasabi peas. A quick and easy portable snack that takes only minutes to make, and fits easily into a resealable plastic pouch or small container.

  • 08 of 20
    roasted chickpeas
    Bush's Beans

    Oven-roasted chickpeas with Parmesan cheese are high-protein munchies that are perfect for vegetarian kids, as well as adults who want a nutritious, gluten-free snack option when they travel. This recipe for homemade roasted chickpea nuts is simple and fast, making this take-along treat perfect for car travel, airplane trips, or just after-school grub for kids before they rush off to their activities.

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  • 09 of 20
    lemon basil hummus
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    If there were an award given for Best Gluten-Free Snack, we'd nominate this guilt-free, homemade hummus recipe. Packed with protein and flavor, this scrumptious hummus recipe is perfect on its own, or scooped up with sliced fresh veggies or gluten-free crackers. Pack it in containers for the kids on your next car trip and enjoy the silence, while they enjoy this yummy travel treat.

  • 10 of 20
    frozen grapes
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    On hot road trips, or whenever you want a refreshing, cold snack when you travel, try this fun recipe. Frozen grapes are cooling, nutritious bites that have a sorbet-like flavor you will find absolutely surprising and delightful. Pack them in a cooler bag for car trips, so you can enjoy nibbling on this sweet frozen treat.

  • 11 of 20
    Homemade Granola Bars
    The Minimalist Baker

    Homemade granola bars are surprisingly easy to make and can be much healthier than the store-bought kind, which are often loaded with sugar and oils. These low-calorie, yummy granola bars can be made in your own kitchen with delicious, all natural ingredients, including whole oats, dried fruit, pure maple syrup and sliced almonds. Make a batch and store in an airtight container for a travel or on-the-go treat that will keep for up to week.

  • 12 of 20
    cheese popcorn
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    Sure, you could buy pre-packaged cheese popcorn at the store, but that's full of ingredients you can't pronounce. Why not make your own cheese popcorn with real Cheddar instead, for a great alternative that (bonus) packs even more flavor? This cheese popcorn recipe uses real cheese for a savory, satisfying popcorn recipe the whole family will love. Best part is, it only takes a few minutes to make.!

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  • 13 of 20
    dried apple chips
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    Dried apples are tasty, portable travel grub that are perfect for kids and adults alike. Start out with your favorite apples and follow the easy instructions for making this delicious dehydrated fruit treat.

  • 14 of 20
    cucumber tea sandwiches
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    Cucumber finger sandwiches are not just for enjoying at afternoon tea. This easy, scrumptious finger sandwich recipe made with juicy cucumber and fresh mint leaves has a cooling effect that makes it absolutely ideal for summer road trips and picnics.

  • 15 of 20
    raspberry fruit snacks
    Leah Maroney

    If your kids love store-bought fruit and vegetable squeeze pouches, they'll definitely enjoy these delicious, ingenious raspberry treats. You'll love that this homemade snack recipe is full of fruit, lemon juice, a little maple syrup and (surprise) carrots! The carrot flavor adds a nice complement to the raspberry, and your kids will never know if you don't tell them. You can change up the fruit by using strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, or even pineapple, depending on your...MORE family's favorite tastes. They make great grab-and-go grub, and only you need to know how healthy they are.

  • 16 of 20
    hard boiled egg
    Leah Maroney

    They may not be glamorous, but with one hard boiled egg packing 25% of an adult's daily protein needs, plus calcium and iron, we humbly suggest that this might be the perfect, healthy travel snack. They even come in their own containers! Follow this recipe to learn how to make the perfect hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel. Pop them into a thermal lunch tote to keep them cool, and enjoy whenever you need a filling boost of energy in your travels.

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  • 17 of 20
    almond biscotti
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    Biscotti is a dry, crispy Italian cookie that is a favorite treat for enjoying with coffee. This homemade vegan biscotti is healthier than most other kinds, without sacrificing any of the taste, thanks to the use of agave nectar in this recipe, which replaces the usual refined sugar. Bake up a batch of these biscotti and pack them in your carry-on to enjoy with coffee on your morning commute, or for longer trips away from home.

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    Vegetable and Cheese Quesadillas
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    Mexican quesadillas are so easy to whip together and kids absolutely love them. This makes these morsels a great back-seat snack for family car trips. This vegetarian recipe for cheese and bell pepper quesadillas will be a hit with the kids, as well as the adults. Pop them in a thermal lunch tote to keep them warm, and enjoy snacking on them anytime. You might enjoy packing a few small containers of sour cream, homemade guacamole, or salsa on the side to dip your veggie quesadillas in, too.

  • 19 of 20
    low fat breakfast cookies
    Fiona Haynes

    Kids love cookies, and these wholesome, low-fat breakfast cookies flavored with banana and oats make a fabulous on-the-go breakfast or snack while traveling. Pack two of these with a piece of fruit and a container of low-fat yogurt for a satisfying morning meal that should keep tummies happy until lunch time. 

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    chex mix
    Acme Food Arts

    Make this Chex-style party mix in your slow cooker, then pack it in airtight containers for a healthy snack to enjoy when traveling. The crockpot method gives this crunchy snack mix a satisfying, toasty flavor and makes the preparation super simple.