Summertime is vacation time, and whether you’re off to relax on the beach with an umbrella-topped drink in hand, hiking the Appalachian Trail or driving across America, you always need to bring a healthy snack in case hunger strikes. Here are our favorite portable eats for any and every vacation situation.
Best Road Trip Snack: Filling up on gas station junk food is not always the best (or healthiest) option. You’ll feel tired and your belt will get tighter with every state line you cross. Planters’ Fruit and Nut Trail Mix ($2.69) at Walgreens will survive long hours in the car. The trail mix contains raisins, banana chips, cashews, pineapple, cranberries and papaya for a snack that’s in it for the long haul.
Best Beach Snack: On the beach, sand tends to find its way into every crevasse of your bathing suit, and the last thing you want is sandy snacks. Popcorn is a great option because you can eat it throughout the day, but don’t bring butter lest you turn it into a sticky situation. Sprinkle your popcorn with parmesan cheese, garlic powder, chili seasoning mix or other dried spices. Try Act II’s Old Fashioned Natural Popcorn ($13.07 for a pack of 18) at Always Direct, and pre-pop this barely-seasoned classic popcorn before you hit the beach. Add your favorite dried topping, and store in a sectioned container so you can snack while keeping it fresh and beachy-free.
Best Walking Tour Snack: Out exploring a city’s culture and history? Pack some nourishment to give you a little pick-me-up while you peruse. Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Bars ($2.94 for a six pack) from Walmart, are something easy and fuss-free to throw in your purse, and you don’t have to slow down on your tour schedule to nosh one. These yummy bars are offered in a variety of flavors such as cherry dark chocolate, dark mocha almond, honey almond flax, peanut butter and trail mix. Plus, they contain good-for-you ingredients like seven whole grains, roasted nuts and dried fruit.
Best Airplane Snack: The plane ride to your destination can take a couple of hours (or almost a day!), so bringing your own eats when the only options you have are mystery meat, pretzels and soda is key. There are a few don’ts when packing an up-in-the air snack. Don’t bring anything that gives off too much of a smell—you wouldn’t want your neighbor to use that barf bag. Make sure your snack item will pass through security. Keep away from peanut butter—someone on the plane might have severe allergy! Our favorite flying food is hummus because it’s healthy and filling enough to last through the plane ride. For a grab and go option, Sabra Classic Hummus and Pretzels ($2.59) from Shop Rite is pre-packaged with hummus and pretzels.
Best Outdoor Adventure Snack: If you’re an outdoorsy gal who loves hiking, camping or exploring, you need an energizing snack that’ll keep you energetic all day. Clif Bars, especially their scrumptious Crunchy Peanut Butter bar ($15 for a box of 12) made with organic peanut butter and over 23 vitamins and minerals, will have you feeling energetic enough to climb every mountain and maybe even wrestle with a bear (just kidding…we hope!).
GIRL TALK TIME: What is your favorite go-to vacation snack? Where are you vacationing this summer? Tell us now!