Travel Snack Hacks for SuperMoms and SuperKids

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The right travel snack keeps kids content during the journey and fueled up for fun on the go. Want your kids to think you're a Supermom on your next family vacation? These five travel snack hacks should do the trick!

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1. Pack snacks in separate, colorful containers and dole them out slowly.

My favorite way to keep children's hands and mouths busy on a road trip or flight is with snacks, snacks and more snacks. If you hand all of the travel snacks over to your kiddos at once, they will munch for a bit and soon start whining, “Are we there yet?!” The key is to bring a wide variety of healthy snacks in separate, colorful containers and dole them out slooooowly. Add these printable Disney Lunch Notes to the snack packs for even more fun on the run.

Travel Snack Hack: Keep travel snacks in separate containers and dole them out slowly during the journey

Keep travel snacks in separate containers and dole them out slowly during the journey (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

2. Bring travel snacks to eat at the destination, too.

Beyond snacks for the journey, you should pack some snacks to eat once you reach your destination. This is especially true if traveling with young children to faraway places where the cuisine is very different from what your family is used to eating at home. Of course, you want to encourage your children to try new foods and expand their palates, but you don't want them to go hungry either.

Kids wake up hungry and may not have the patience to wait through the whole morning routine of showers, hair and makeup (moms!) before getting something to eat. Also, I have taken my family out for a nice dinner only to return to our hotel room to the wails of, “I'm hungry!” It's best to have a few travel snacks on hand to feed hungry mouths.

Travel Snack Hack: Colorful fruits make tasty and healthy snacks while traveling

Colorful fruits make enticing and healthy snacks while traveling (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

3. Pack convenient foods your kids will enjoy.

When planning a family vacation, you have enough on your plate (pun intended!) without worrying about which snacks to pack. Some favorite travel snacks include whole-grain crackers and cereals, packaged fruit cups, protein bars, juice packs, boxed raisins or other dried fruits, and trail mix. Foods that spoil and are therefore best eaten during the journey include fresh fruits and veggies, individually wrapped cheeses, and hard boiled eggs. And, of course, you can stock up on some of these after you arrive at your destination.

Travel Snack Hack: Bring along a package of Smucker's Uncrustables for the delicious taste of a homemade sandwich with on-the-go ease

Bring along a package of Smucker's Uncrustables for the delicious taste of a homemade sandwich with on-the-go ease (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

A great travel snack option to eat on the road or back in the hotel room is a peanut butter and jelly or jam sandwich. A quick PB&J is a tasty and easy treat filled with protein. Bring along a package of Smucker's Uncrustables for the delicious taste of a homemade sandwich with on-the-go ease. Just thaw, unwrap and enjoy to stay unstoppable wherever you go. I especially like the whole wheat option with reduced sugar. Once thawed, these pre-made sandwiches are best eaten within eight hours, so put them in the cooler on a long road trip or pop them into your vacation home's freezer upon arrival. For flavor varieties and more information about Uncrustables, visit SmuckersUncrustables.com and visit them on Facebook or Twitter.

Travel Snack Hack: Seek out healthy foods while traveling, like this nutritious meal at Paradise Garden Grill at Disney California Adventure

Seek out healthy foods while traveling, like this nutritious meal at Paradise Garden Grill at Disney California Adventure (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

4. Get kids to buy into eating healthfully.

It's important to eat healthfully while traveling to stay (ahem!) regular and to ward off illness. Model for your kids by making healthy meal and snack choices. Sub out fries for fruit in restaurants. Get the brown rice instead of white. Choose water or milk over soda and other sugary drinks.

Seeking out restaurants that serve healthier fare makes encouraging good eating easier. Talk to your children about why it's important to eat healthy, focusing on how it will help them feel better and have more energy to play and have fun during their vacation, rather than simply demanding, “Eat your vegetables!”

You may also want to employ the one bite rule. Everyone, including parents, needs to try at least one bite of a new dish before getting any dessert.

Travel Snack Hack: Allow some indulgences while traveling, like a slice of this Black Forest Cake in Germany's Black Forest

What would a trip to Germany's Black Forest be without indulging in a slice of its namesake Black Forest Cake? (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

5. Allow a few indulgences.

Indulge in a few “forbidden” treats while traveling, too. I always keep a few lollipops or candy-coated chocolates hidden in my travel bag as incentive for good behavior during a long journey.

What better way to get kids to try new flavors and understand a new culture than by tasting gelato in Italy, trying mochi in Japan, or eating flan in Mexico? Vacations are a time to live in the moment and enjoy life to the fullest, after all.

Travel Snack Hack: Kids will feel stronger and healthier when they eat healthfully while traveling

Kids will feel stronger and have more fun when they eat well while traveling (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

If you use these snack hacks, you'll feel like a Supermom and your children will feel like Superkids, ready to tackle anything your family experiences during your travels!

This post was inspired by 8 Hacks That Will Make Your Kid Think You're a Supermom. Check it out to increase your cool factor with your kiddos.

Got a travel snack hack to share? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: I received sample products and compensation for this post. All opinions are mine, as always.

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments

  1. Placing snacks in smaller, brightly colored containers is a really good tip, and good for portion control for Mom and Dad, too!

  2. We love the Smuckers sandwiches. Can’t get them here so they taste like vacation to us 🙂

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