10 Road Trip Snacks Everyone Loves

by Colleen Stinchcombe
Apr 17, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. ET
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Road trips are one of the great American experiences. Wide open spaces, your favorite tunes and new destinations just beyond the horizon make for a unique, inspiring way to spend your weekend — or your PTO.

As any experienced road tripper knows, there are a few things you need for success on a getaway. Comfy clothing is a must, for example, since the last thing you need is a waistband digging into your stomach or itchy fabric bothering you while you drive. You’ll want a full tank of gas, of course, and something good to listen to — maybe a podcast or your favorite jams or an audiobook you’ve been meaning to get to.

Perhaps most importantly, you need some excellent snacks. You’ll get hungrier than you think on a road trip, and you don’t always know when you’re going to be able to stop for a meal, so having a variety of snacks is an absolute must.

Here are 10 beloved road trip snacks you’ll want to have on hand.

1 /10: Sour Gummy Worms

1/10 :Sour Gummy Worms

When salty or sweet snacks just aren't cutting it, mix it up with a sour option like classic sour gummy worms.

Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers Gummy Candy, $4 at Walmart

2 /10: Bugles

2/10 :Bugles

Bugles: They're fun to eat, and they're fun to balance on your fingertips when you're bored.

Bugles Original, $1.98 at Walmart

3 /10: Pretzels

3/10 :Pretzels

Pretzels make a super-simple carb snack when you need a boost of energy, and there are tons of flavor varieties if you want something snazzier than sea salt.

Rold Gold Tiny Twists Cheddar Pretzels, $2 at Walmart

4 /10: Jerky

4/10 :Jerky

What adventure is complete without jerky? Try different seasonings to take it to the next level.

Krave Grilled Sweet Teriyaki Pork Jerky, $6 at Krave

5 /10: Licorice

5/10 :Licorice

Licorice is easy to grab and the perfect amount of sweet for a long drive.

Red Vines, $12 for a 12-pack at Amazon

6 /10: Fruit Strips

6/10 :Fruit Strips

Want something a little healthier? Fruit strips are sweet but made from real fruit and vegetables, which is almost like having a fruit salad, right?

Strawberry Apple Fruit & Veggie Strips, $20 for 24 at Pure Organic

7 /10: Nut or Granola Bars

7/10 :Nut or Granola Bars

Convenient in everyday life, convenient on a road trip, too. Granola bars or nut bars provide a nice, balanced boost of energy to keep you satiated.

KIND Bars, Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt, $15 for a box of 12 at Amazon

8 /10: Trail Mix

8/10 :Trail Mix

Trail mix is great, and it's even better when there's plenty of chocolate.

Second Nature Dark Chocolate Medley, $12 at Amazon

9 /10: Potato Chips

9/10 :Potato Chips

Potato chips are the ultimate indulgence food, and a road trip is exactly the time to appreciate them.

Kettle Brand Sea Salt Potato Chips, $3 at Target

10 /10: Single-Serve Cheese

10/10 :Single-Serve Cheese

Secret: Cheese is great at quieting your hunger so you can get to your next rest stop. Opt for a single-serve cheese so you don't have to slice your own.

Mini Babybel Original, see store for price at Target