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These Are the Best Road Trip Snacks

By David

May 31, 2024

The time to stock up on the best road trip snacks is before you’ve hit the road, that way you can plan road trip snacks for kids and adults. It’s also easier to pack healthy road trip snacks (and get the best of your Fetch offers) when shopping at the grocery store than at a gas station or convenience store. 

Stock up on road trip snacks and earn rewards

Check out our recommendations for when you plan your next road trip, remember to choose non-refrigerated road trip snacks unless you’re packing a cooler, and, of course, don’t forget to snap those receipts with Fetch to earn rewards on your road trip snack haul!

Don’t have Fetch? Download our free rewards app to turn your snack receipts into free gift cards! 

Road Trip Snacks for Adults

The best road trip snacks for adults are whatever you want to eat. If you have dietary restrictions or want to eat healthier, then you should keep that in mind, but you’re going on a road trip. Eating some greasy snacks or drinking coffee like it’s water for a little bit is okay. 

That said, here are some staple road trip snacks for adults:

  • Chips like Lay’s, Munchos or Ruffles
  • Cheetos
  • Gardettos or Chex Mix
  • Bugles
  • Combos
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Famous Amos cookies
  • Salted meat snacks
  • Cheese sticks

Check your Fetch app for the latest offers to earn even more points on your snacks. 

Road Trip Snacks for Kids

It’s smart to buy non-refrigerated road trip snacks for kids, because you know one of them will find its way to the floor or between some cushions. Most of these will be individually wrapped, too, so you can trust they won’t be quite as messy. 

  • Dunkaroos and other dippables
  • Fruit Roll-Ups or Fruit by the Foot
  • Gushers and other fun fruit snacks
  • Oreos and Nutter Butters
  • Fresh fruit
  • String cheese 
  • Yoplait Go-Gurt

For kids’ cookies, chips, and other road trip snacks, consider pre-packing them into small plastic bags for portion control and easy cleanup. 

Healthy Road Trip Snacks

It’s not the end of the world if you eat a little worse on a road trip, but if you’re searching for healthy road trip snacks, there are plenty to choose from:

  • Larabar or Nature Valley bars
  • Mott’s or Welch’s Fruit Snacks
  • Triscuits or Wheat Thins
  • Pop Works popcorn
  • Rold Gold pretzels
  • Low-fat cheese sticks
  • Hard-boiled eggs

Road Trip Drinks

When you’re thirsty on the road, that often means you’re reaching for a soda (Coca-Cola or Diet Coke for the adults, Sprite or Mountain Dew for the kids), but you’ve got many more options for road trip drinks. When stocking your road trip cooler, you should be thinking the same things as with the snacks: road trip drinks for adults, road trip drinks for kids, and healthy road trip drinks. 

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Road Trip Drinks for Adults

Adults’ road trip drinks usually have one thing in common: energy. Whether it’s caffeine, sugar, B vitamins or all of the above, “energy” is the name of the game, but you should also be concerned with hydration. We suggest stocking your cooler with drinks like these for adults:

  • Peet’s and other bottled coffee
  • Celsius and other energy drinks
  • Propel water
  • Pure Leaf teas
  • Ice Mountain bottled water

Road Trip Drinks for Kids

The kids are going to gravitate toward the sugary sodas more often than not, but this might be a good opportunity to give them a break (after all, if you’ve already packed a cooler, they can’t drink what’s not there).

  • Simply juices and juice drinks
  • Juice box drinks
  • Looza fruit juices
  • Gatorade

Healthy Road Trip Drinks

Looking to cut the sugar or calories (or both)? Try these healthier road trip drinks:

  • Vita CoCo
  • Culture Pop Soda
  • Olipop soda with probiotics
  • Smart Water
  • CORE Hydration
  • Sparkling Ice (or Sparkling Ice +Caffeine for more energy)

If soda is still a must, consider ones made with cane sugar, like Stubborn Soda. 

Snap Your Road Trip Receipts

Remember to snap your receipt in the Fetch app after loading up on the best road trip snacks for your next adventure. Whether it’s Chex Mix for the parents or Fruit Roll-Ups for the kids, it’s easy to stock up for your road trip on your next grocery run (remember to shop snacks with Fetch offers for even more points).

Topics: Food and Drink, Shopping Lists



David Fairbanks is a writer, science educator and Chicagoan fueled by coffee. He's written about everything from Ferraris to handcrafted pet urns to Superman, and he genuinely loves loyalty/rewards programs.