When traveling with kids, getting them snacks came be a full-time job! Don’t get me wrong, snacks can also be a lifesaver with the right snacks. But man, is it a lot of work! So, I figured there had to be a way to make that job easier. I saw this idea of snack boxes a few times and tired it on our last road trip. Let me tell you, don’t walk, but run and get yourself one! They’re amazing!
My kids would ask for a snack while I was shushed between their two car seats in the car, and I would hand them their snack box. Easy as that, I was done with snack duty. No looking, digging, or debating on what snacks to serve.
The kids loved how they could pick which snack they wanted. And my 1 year old enjoyed just opening and closing the snack box too. Our road trip was about 11 hours one day and 6 hours the second day and the kids snack boxes where still fun both days, and even on the way home! I did refill the snack boxes before each trip. I also washed the kids snack boxes before filling them when able too.
What’s great about this idea is that you can move the dividers around in the kids snack box to accommodate most snack. Keep in mind, not all snacks have to be unpackaged either. I can’t rave about these kids snack boxes enough! What a game changer!
Let me break it down for you what I did.
I grabbed these tackle boxes from the fishing section at my local grocery store. They were about $4 each. Look for ones where you can take out and adjust the dividers in the tackle box. Because some do come with fixed dividers and the adjustable ones are more accommodating.
Next, I washed all the pieces of the tackle boxes and left them air dry. I broke off all the dividers before washing to make sure they were completely clean. Then I gathered up all my kid’s favorite snacks and a few treats.
I added the snacks to the kids snack boxes. Insert the dividers as you see fit. I didn’t end up needing all of the dividers ours came with. I put the extra dividers into a Ziplock bag in case we needed them later.
I decided to do both of my kids snack boxes the same so they couldn’t fight or be jealous of each other’s snack box. Which worked really well! I’m planning to get letter stickers next time and write their name on each of their snack boxes.
There you have it! Easy and coinvent as that! I can’t stress enough how convenient these were! These kids snack boxes pictured above lasted a whole 11 hour drive with no need for additional snacks on our first road trip.
I love how many snacks you can fit in these kids snack boxes and how small they are too fit pretty much anywhere. We used these for road trips, but they’d also work great for airplane rides, day trips, picnics, or even on movie night.
When we have fresh fruit on hand before a road trip, I like to add that to their kids snack boxes as well. Then that day while we’re traveling it’s not just unhealthy fast food.
Healthy Snack Ideas for Toddlers Lunch Box or Road Trip
1. Cereal bars
Cereal bars are a great option for a quick and healthy snack. They are packed with whole grains and provide a good source of energy.
2. Fruit snacks
Fruit snacks are a convenient and nutritious option for kids. They are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, and they can help satisfy hunger in between meals.
Yogurt is a nutrient-rich food that provides calcium, protein, and probiotics. It is an excellent snack for kids and can help promote a healthy digestive system.
4. String cheese
String cheese is a good source of protein and calcium. It is a convenient snack that can be taken on the go.
5. Veggies and dip
Veggies and dip is a healthy snack option for kids. It is a good way to get them to eat their vegetables and get some extra nutrients.
Pretzels are a nutritious snack that is low in calories and fat. They are a good source of complex carbohydrates and can help provide energy.
7. Fruit leathers
Fruit leathers are a healthy and delicious snack for kids. They are made with real fruit and contain no added sugar.
Popcorn is a whole grain food that is low in calories and fat. It is a good source of fiber and can be a healthy snack option.
9. Crackers and peanut butter
Crackers and peanut butter is a classic snack that is perfect for kids. The crackers provide complex carbohydrates and the peanut butter provides protein and healthy fats.
10. Trail mix
I’m a stay at home mom with our two kids. I really enjoy doing crafts with my kids however, that is typically a challenge with how limited their attention span can be and how messy it gets. So, I’m always looking for ways to make crafting an enjoyable experience and creating fond memory for all of us.