As all parents know, travelling with children requires good planning and lots of patience.
It doesn’t seem to matter if you are going out for an afternoon, a day or a whole week, you end up packing for every “just in case” scenario.
And when you do, a long car journey is much easier if you are prepared.
And for me, being prepared means having a good selection of snacks to fend off boredom/tantrums/delays/moaning/squabbling and yes, even hunger!
5 Tips for long journey snacking:
- The trick is choosing the snacks that don’t require a trip to a valet after the journey! Stay away from cheesy wotsits, melted chocolate buttons and definitely say NO to anything sticky
- If you have more than one child in the back – it’s a good idea to have snacks that can be shared easily!
- If you are travelling through a lunchtime, prepare a lunch box each to tuck into en route….call it a picnic! This can be a great way to pass a bit of time in the car and avoid having to make a pit stop that just adds to the journey time
- The easiest way to keep mess to a minimum is to pre-prepare finger food in child size portions. It doesn’t have to be complicated or unhealthy
- Here’s a few of the snack attack strategies the mums in the Tots office use to keep kids happy and quiet(er!) for long journeys
10 Best snacks for long trips with children
- Carrot, cucumber & pepper batons in a small airtight container
- Finger sandwiches with simple fillings. Try cutting them into fun shapes with cookie cutters. Or slice pitta bread into strips
- Plum Baby have a great range of healthy snack food, why not try their multigrain & cheddar crispy rings or try their new apple teensy fruits, tasty treats, free from all the yucky stuff.
- For a younger baby starting on solids – banana, peach, mango, and avocado are all ideal to pop in your bag along with a fork and little tupperware bowl. If you get delayed or caught in traffic it’s a no fuss, quick and easy way to refuel baby when hunger strikes en route. Just mash it up with a fork for a tummy filling and nutritious puree. Or go for one of Plum Baby’s new mighty 4 range of snacks for toddlers on the go in convenient pouches
- Raisins and other dried fruit pieces are good alternatives to sweeties…(although they do find themselves wedged down the side of the car seats long after arriving home!)
- Breadsticks – we like the mini ones in a tub as they’re not so messy and also last longer!
- Twiglets – tasty and satisfying and not quite as naughty as crisps ….although not ideal for dribbly babies!
- Cheese cubes and cream crackers
- DIY snack pots, I find a dollop of Philadelphia in a small pot with breadsticks to dunk works wonders! (not to mention a lot cheaper than some of the pre-packed varities available.
- Fruit pots of halved grapes, blueberries, orange segments, melon or any other favourites
More healthy snack ideas:
- Snack size vegetable crisps
- Bannana bread
- Dehydrated fruit
- Snap peas in a pod
- Celery sticks
- Cereal in a box
- Hard boiled eggs
If you’ve got any ideas or favourite snacks for long car journeys to share with us we’d love to hear about them!