Top 10 Road Trip Snacks (You Can Buy At The Service Station)

It’s almost an automatic reaction to think you’re hungry when you buckle up that seat belt, likely you’re just bored. Here’s what I found on our Road Trip from Toronto to Nashville to Chicago. You could plan ahead and pack your snacks in a perfect world but sometimes life happens, we forget, and we must do the best we can with the resources we have. Here’s the top 10 gas station road trip snacks.

Hot Tea

Hot Tea

1. Hot Tea
I always carry tea and stevia in my purse, always. So usually at our first stop I will grab the largest cup I can find and fill it with hot water from the coffee station. Sometimes they don’t even charge for this when you buy gas! Then make your own tea back at the car – while your parked of course – while driving that could get messy and that would hurt! They also have tea bags you can choose from in case you don’t carry your own – this you will have to pay for of course! Now you’ve filled your boredom based “hunger” until the next rest stop. You’ll have to pee in no time (2 hours max I’d say!)

Turkey Jerky

Turkey Jerky

2. Turkey Jerky. Feeling like you want a little something savory and salty? Jerky will keep you chewing for a while and the fat & salt combo will satisfy any cravings you’ve got. This is a favorite of traveling Paleo people as well. Again, meat is naturally gluten free – but check each package for ingredients before you buy it!

Bananas For Everyone!

Bananas For Everyone!

3. Fruit. While traveling thru Kentucky we stopped at a Pilot Travel Center and in their coffee station they had some fresh fruit available. While this likely won’t be organic, it’s still fruit. Take it to the bathroom and give it a quick rinse if it’s an apple or something like that. You’ll be fine with banana’s.

Almonds - Watch portion size.

Almonds – Watch portion size.

4. Raw Almonds – Always a good snack and you don’t need many to fill you up! You’ll have all kinds of flavored options – avoid these – extra sodium and such that you don’t need when you’re sitting for an extended period of time.

5. Water. Let’s face it, you’re probably not hungry. Just grab a nice cold bottle of water. You’ll need it as we often don’t drink enough while on vacation anyway!

Eat All The Protein.

Eat All The Protein.

6. Protein Bars. Not the glorified chocolate bar kind, but the ones with quality ingredients. Yes, the CLIFF ones do have sugar in them but I believe they used non-GMO products so that’s a trade-off I’m willing to make once and a while. Don’t forget water with these. Watch out for the excess sodium here, however, this in my opinion is still better than grabbing a king size candy bar and a giant soda. Drink an extra bottle of water and you should be okay.

7. Unsalted Cashews. You’ll need to watch your portion size on this one as you can easily rack up 500 calories with these tasty little treats. If you can find plain cashews that’s best, however, I was only able to find the roasted ones – this means oil is used. If you have a soy allergy be careful here.

Something Crunchy?

Something Crunchy?

8. Banana Chips. While banana’s aren’t my favorite thing I know that most of the world enjoys them! This brand had no sodium when I checked the label and these should also be naturally gluten free, however, please double check the label.

Get Crackin'

Get Crackin’

9. Pistachios (Salted). Don’t forget water with these – Drink some extra water. The fat in nuts, while high, will keep you satiated for longer. Nuts are naturally gluten-free. These little gems will also help you pass the time as you crack the shells – two birds, one stone!

10. Pretzels. Sometimes we just like something crunchy. I like Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels. Just grab the little bag though – this will keep your portion size under control. If you’re traveling with kids you could grab a large bag to save money and portion some out for everyone – Just remember put the bag away when you’re finished. Again, more water to combat the extra salt here. Snyder’s does make a gluten-free pretzel however, I have yet to find it at a service station.

I hope y’all find this list helpful. Let me know what awesome snacks you’ve found on your road trips!

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  1. Good list of things.

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