My family makes frequent trips to Northern Michigan to visit my mom and my extended family. The drive is about 4 1/2 hours and we try hard to not make a lot of stops along the way. This means that we need to have entertainment, drinks and food close at hand for The Goose.
When we are traveling, we try to pack healthy snacks, like apple slices, baby carrots and applesauce pouches. We also throw in a few treats, like cheese crackers, pudding and graham crackers.
We used to keep all the snacks in an insulated cooler bag, until this summer, when we learned a valuable lesson – keep the treat bag away from The Goose. Because, without saying a word, he managed to open every single package of food we had. He opened the chips, the candy, the juice boxes, the chocolate Teddy Grahams – EVERYTHING.
If he could reach it, he would open it. Then, he’d leave it sitting on the seat next to him, contents spilling out all over the seat, making a huge mess.
That’s when we decided that instead of letting him have a free for all in the back seat, we’d give him his own snack pack. And when it’s gone, it’s GONE! (If you have more than one kid, I recommend putting together a separate road trip snack pack for each.)
We usually try to choose a mixture of healthy snacks and special treats. That way the snack pack is “special”, but it doesn’t get him hyped up on sugar. We typically include the following snacks in each road trip snack pack:
Small carton of chocolate milk (be sure to include a straw, if needed)
One small juice box
A bottle of water (because he always drinks the milk and the juice right away, then complains of thirst later on in the trip)
Cheeze-Its (We make a tiny cut in the side of any snacks that come in their own packaging, that way he can open them without help)
We also throw an ice pack in the bag, as well as a small grocery bag for his trash.
We keep all of this food packed up in a travel-sized insulated cooler bag with a strap. The strap is a MUST-HAVE for us – we use it along with a seat belt to keep the cooler bag in one place during the trip. The last thing you want is your kid taking one thing, then throwing the cooler to the other side of the car, where nobody can reach it!