Snacks are a surefire way to end up spending more than you want to on a road/camping trip. Small little morsels “to tide you over to the next meal” can be found right at checkout counters and are SO tempting (and SO expensive!!). Again, with a bit of pre-planning, the brunt of the “snack bill” can be avoided.
This trip (my family left on Sunday!) I’ve already made 2 dozen mini banana muffins and 2 dozen chocolate chip cookies for the moments on our trip when the sweet tooth gets the better of us. We will also be packing fresh fruit, veggies and, our “must-haves” chips and dip and, of course, marshmallow “s’mores” ingredients for evening campfire snacks. For five days on the road, this should be good enough!
Survival Tip #2: Road Trip Snacking
The best way to avoid over-spending on snacks is to follow (at least in part) these rules:
1. Buy in bulk anything you can’t or don’t have time to make yourself.
2. Make/Bake as many different snacks as you can/want/need for the trip.
3. Shop “deals” the weeks leading up – if you have to buy your favourite brand of cookies, chips, etc., watch the local flyers for deals and buy them at a savings.
4. Stock up on fresh produce the day before your trip, clean and pack it according to the food preparation info in Survival Tip #1.
5. Gas Stations and Rest Stops are ONLY for refueling the vehicle and bathroom breaks!
6. Make sure your snacks are within arms reach. The perfect little container of grapes & carrot sticks will do you no good if it is in the trunk while you are cruising down a major highway and your preschooler is having a low-sugar meltdown.
7. Mix it up- literally. Make up a few snack bags for young children with healthy snacks like plain cheerios, granola, dried fruit combined then toss in a few smarties to make a fun trail mix. Much healthier than handing over the whole box of smarties!
I think everyone is always looking for new snack ideas for their kids, whether at home or on the road. What are a few of your favourites? Head on over and “like” Mudpies & Melodies on Facebook – we would love to hear them!