May 5

10 Road Trip Food Ideas For Kids

in Tips & Tricks, Travel

Mini Babybel Eyeballs

The Fuji family loves to travel—whether that means hopping on a plane and flying to Tokyo, like we did last month, or piling into the car and driving south to visit my parents in Southern California.  Mini Babybel recently sent me a “Mini Babybel Snack a Little Bigger Travel Kit” filled with things like The Everything Kids Travel Activity Book, magnetic travel games, and of course, lots of Mini Babybels to make traveling more fun.

Travel Activity Book and Magnetic Travel Games Mini Babybel Cheese

This past weekend we went on a quick trip to Logan, Utah for my sister-in-laws graduation from grad school at Utah State University.  I packed a bunch of the Mini Babybels for everyone, and I think my girls had just as much fun playing with them as they did eating them.  “Hey Mom! Look! It’s a helicopter!”  “Hey Mom! Look! It’s an alligator eating a fish!”  “Hey Mom! Look! It’s a spoon!”  Whatever works, right?

Being silly with Mini Babybel Cheese

The kit got me thinking about the process of packing food for a road trip.  While my husband is all about beef jerky and sunflower seeds to keep him going, my strategy for the kids is a bit different.  So I thought I would share our top 10 favorite foods for our road trips.

Packing food for a road trip

10 Road Trip Food Ideas For Kids

  1. Water.  My girls love getting their own water bottles filled with ice col water.  They especially love bottles that have a push pull cap.  Staying hydrated is always good!
  2. Fresh fruit.  I always pre-rinse huge amounts of grapes and strawberries and pre-peel oranges.
  3. Fresh veggies.  I find that having crunchy options is always good.  The two most popular road trip veggies in my family are baby carrots and sliced cucumbers.
  4. Hummus.  We love dipping our fresh veggies into hummus!
  5. Onigiri.  Onigiri make perfect traveling food.  They’re perfect for eating on the go and always make my girls happy.  Plus, they’re quick to whip up, and easy to transport.  I just wrap each one individually in plastic wrap and throw all of them into a plastic container to keep them from getting squished.
  6. Sandwiches.  A classic PB&J or a sandwich filled with leftover roasted chicken, sliced cheese, and veggies always go over well with my family.  They’re also quick to whip up and easy to transport.
  7. Cheese.  Mini Babybel cheese is a favorite with my kids.  There’s something about the wheel shape that makes them smile.  Plus, they love playing with the red wax covering.
  8. Crackers.  According to my kids, you’ve gotta have crackers to go with your cheese!
  9. Hard boiled eggs.  My kids are egg addicts, so a hard boiled egg is always a popular choice.  I love that I can make a big batch, then peel them right before we get in the car and put them in a container in the cooler to keep them fresh.
  10. Granola bars.  I love making my own, like these Nutella Fruit & Nut Bars, so I can sneak in some extra whole grains into my kids’ diet.

What do your kids love to eat on road trips?


*Disclosure: Mini Babybel provided me with product for this review.  However, all experiences and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand.


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Nedra May 5, 2014 at 4:02 pm

My family loves Babybel too! I’m not very good at packing food for road trips. I usually pack a lot snacks (aka junk) and I need to be better. I love these ideas!


Fuji Nana May 5, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Wonderful ideas. I should follow your example as my idea of a road trip snack is a nice big bag of dark chocolate M&Ms.


Chrissy May 5, 2014 at 7:50 pm

I pre make bean burritos with brown rice toasted under the grill with a sprinkling of cheese, wrapped individually in baking paper. The kids love them! Also take grapes, dips, and nuts.


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Kenny May 7, 2014 at 6:38 pm

I’m with Mr. Fuji. Beef jerky and sunflower seeds. And onigiri of course!


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Sarah | The Cyclist's Wife May 14, 2014 at 3:20 pm

These are great suggestions. I wrote an article for PopSugar not too long ago and also suggested PB&J. I got attacked by the peanut police. I’m glad to see they haven’t come after you yet! :)


lisa April 14, 2023 at 2:12 am

I would highly recommend this article to anyone who is looking to embark on a journey of self-discovery and wants to experience the transformative power of travel.


Taxis April 19, 2023 at 3:03 am

Traveling with kids can be challenging, but the experience gained from exploring different places and cultures with them is invaluable and creates memories that will last a lifetime.


Walton Taxis April 20, 2023 at 9:42 am

The kit got me thinking about the process of packing food for a road trip. While my husband is all about beef jerky and sunflower seeds to keep him going, my strategy for the kids is a bit different.


Taxi service May 7, 2023 at 9:04 am

The kit got me thinking about the process of packing food for a road trip. While my husband is all about beef jerky and sunflower seeds to keep him going, my strategy for the kids is a bit different.


Paris guide June 1, 2023 at 8:59 am

The Fuji family has an unwavering passion for traveling. Whether it involves boarding a plane and embarking on a journey to Tokyo, just like we did last month, or packing into the car and driving down south to visit my parents in sunny Southern California, we are always on the move. Our love for exploration knows no bounds.

Reply November 24, 2023 at 10:49 am

When we traveled to Miami as a family, we decided to immediately make a list of things we needed for our trip. That’s why, in order to travel comfortably, the very first item on the list was a car, since we don’t have our own, we rented one at the nearest Miami airport and continued our journey with ease. Also on our list were various board games to keep the kids occupied during the road trip, and a big bag with various snacks, water, fruit, and other food. Overall, this trip was very cool, and the kids were excited about traveling in a rented car.


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