FOOD

Road Trip Snacks For Every Diet

June 24th, 2021

Bags are packed, the gas tank is full, you’ve set your navigation, and you’re ready to take on the open road. But not so fast—every road trip needs an emergency snack kit. This summer, travel with diet-friendly fuel from Thrive Market in tow that’ll satisfy all your on-the-go cravings.

Road Trip Snack Tips

Road Trip Snacks for Every Diet

Road trips don’t have to mean loading up on junk food at the next gas station. There are tons of healthy (and tasty) snacks you can pack if you plan ahead. Here are a few go-to tips for snacking happy when you’re on the road.

A Family That Snacks Together…

Let everyone in the family select one snack to bring on the trip so there’s plenty to look forward to. Here’s a tip: Use the filters on ThriveMarket.com to easily browse snacks and find new favorites.

Pack Smart

Road Trip Snacks for Every Diet

Limit excess waste and keep snacks packed for freshness with reusable snack bags. These PVC-free, lead-free, and BPA-free wonders will keep your on-the-go eats safe and sound and can be washed and reused along the way.

Keep Your Cool

Temperatures set to rise while you’re on the road? Put your snacks—especially chocolatey ones—on ice in a cooler to prevent melting.

Shop By Your Diet

Paleo? Vegan? Gluten-free? Stick to your diet when you’re traveling by loading up on the foods that work for you ahead of time. Thrive Market makes it easy to shop by your diet, even when it comes to snacks.

Serve Up a Surprise

If you’re traveling with kids, pack a special “surprise snack” to be eaten when you hit the halfway point to your destination. The anticipation might ward off some “are we there yet?” pestering.


What to Bring on a Road Trip

Road Trip Snacks for Every Diet

We’ll get to all things food in a minute, but before planning your snack strategy, start with wares that are primed to organize your goodies, keep the car tidy, and protect your skin on the road (yes, you need to pack sunscreen).

UKonserve Round Container

This small, eco-friendly container is the perfect size for trail mix, dried fruit, cucumber slices, and other nibbles. Pack a few in advance so snacks are at the ready. You can also try this container with a divider for larger portions.

(re)Zip Reusable Food Storage Bags

It’s easy to reduce clutter and waste with reusable storage bags. This BPA-free 4-pack comes with a variety of sizes to prep snacks for the whole family.

Murphy’s Naturals Mosquito Repellent Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Spray

Let the mosquitoes know who’s boss during those all-important stretch breaks. This convenient spray is scented with lemon and eucalyptus essential oils to keep pests at bay naturally.

Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30

Before you get buckled in, don’t forget to slather on sunscreen. This hypoallergenic formula is reef-safe, non-greasy, and helps protect your skin in transit. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, while glass can block UVB rays effectively, most car windows don’t block UVA rays, so don’t miss this step!

Thrive Market Baby Wipes

Sticky hands and messes are inevitable on a road trip, but clean-up doesn’t have to be complicated. Keep a package of eco-friendly baby wipes within reach to tackle germs while you drive.

Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes

They’re called essential for a reason. These individually wrapped wipes are infused with soothing ingredients like aloe vera and witch hazel to quickly clean, exfoliate, and hydrate your skin in transit.

MyChelle SPF 30 Sunscreen

MyChelle’s dual-action, mineral-based lotion offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, plus anti-aging bioceuticals, red algae extract, and macadamia nut oil to nourish your skin every day.


Hydrating Road Trip Drinks

Road Trip Snacks for Every Diet

Water is certainly a go-to for hydration, but mix things up with beverages boasting beneficial ingredients like electrolytes and probiotics. Keep a cooler handy so you’re ready for impromptu picnics or vista overlooks.

Aura Bora Sparkling Water

With tempting flavors like lavender cucumber and cactus rose, everyone can pick their favorite combo. These elevated sparkling waters are gluten-free and paleo-friendly, with zero calories, sugar, or anything artificial.

Revive Sparkling Kombucha Sampler

No need to make any decisions—Revive’s organic kombucha sampler pack lets you try every flavor, including cherry hibiscus, citrus ginger, mango orange, and strawberry lemon. Every can delivers 5 billion live probiotics to support digestive health.

Thrive Market Organic Coconut Water

Break up your hydration routine with coconut water. Ours is sustainably sourced from tropical Philippine islands and contains no added preservatives.

Paleo Road Trip Snacks

These caveman-approved snacks will keep you full, even on long drives.

Chomps Grass-Fed Beef Sticks

Feed a hungry family with grass-fed beef sticks featuring 9g of protein per serving and a mouthwatering flavor that’s satisfyingly smoky and slightly spicy.

Mavuno Harvest Mango

Completely organic, this 100% mango, non-GMO snack comes from a rural African farming community, and makes for a tasty, naturally sweet treat. The company is also doing good in some of the poorest communities where it sources its fruit—learn all about it here.

Purely Elizabeth Banana Nut Butter Grain-Free Granola

You better nut leave home without this addictive grain-free, oat-free blend of cashew butter, organic fruit puree, superfood seeds, vanilla, and a sprinkling of salt.

Thrive Market Organic Turkey Jerky

You’ll want to gobble up our free-range, organic turkey strips, which are marinated in apple cider vinegar, honey, and a blend of spices (and totally free of artificial ingredients).


Vegetarian Road Trip Snacks

vegan snacks

Embrace your love of veggies any time of day with these favorite snacks.

Thrive Market Non-GMO Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

For those who love crunch, don’t forget a bag of tortilla chips. This snack is Certified Gluten-Free, made from stone-ground blue corn, and ready to dip. (See our favorite salsa pairing below.)

Thrive Market Organic Mild Salsa

Made from a blend of organic tomatoes, green bell peppers, and garlic, each bite delivers authentic Southwestern flavor. For more heat, try our smoky chipotle jar.

Thrive Market Sea Salt Seaweed Snacks

Want a salty, crunchy bite to curb midday hunger? This dry-pressed, nori-based snack checks all the boxes, plus it’s sustainably farmed.

Thrive Market Organic Raw Cashews

A handful of these nutrient-rich, sustainably farmed nuts will deliver a dose of protein, magnesium, and antioxidants. Add chocolate chips and dried cranberries for DIY trail mix.

Thrive Market Organic Olives Mix

Put together a makeshift picnic with our Greek olive mix featuring pesticide-free Kalamata and green olives that are marinated in aromatic wild herbs, red wine vinegar, and sea salt.


Road Trip Snacks for Vegans

Road Trip Snacks for Every Diet

Power your drive, vegan style, with these top picks and member favorites.

Lesser Evil Organic Himalayan Gold Popcorn

It’s movie popcorn, but better. Lesser Evil starts with non-GMO kernels, then cooks them with organic coconut oil and plant extracts to mimic that rich butter flavor.

Joolie’s Organic Pitted Date Snack Pack

Snacks that don’t travel well can be the pits. That’s why we love Joolie’s snack packs filled with organic California medjool dates that are already pitted for easy snacking.

Thrive Market Organic Chocolate Covered Almonds

You might think you’re indulging in a chocolate-coated snack, but these sweet treats also deliver iron, calcium, and fiber.

Good Bites Coconut Brownie Bites

Load up on superfoods with these raw, naturally sweet morsels that combine coconut flakes, maple syrup, cacao powder, and coconut oil.

Maple Bacon Vegan Jerky

Vegans can enjoy jerky, too—especially when it’s made from textured non-GMO soy protein, spicy paprika, sweet maple syrup, and natural smoke flavor.


Gluten-Free Road Trip Snacks

Road Trip Snacks for Every Diet

Staying gluten-free is easy (yes, even on the road) when your car is stocked with approved bites.

Late July Jalapeño Lime Tortilla Chips

Spice up your grain-free road trip snack with a little jalapeño and zesty lime over organic whole ground corn chips.

Mary’s Organic Super Seed Crackers

These gluten-free snacks are packed with good-for-you ingredients like whole grain brown rice, whole grain quinoa, pumpkin seeds, and flaxseeds, and still manage to be totally delicious.

Thrive Market Organic Berry Burst Granola

Go against the grain with a handful of grain-free granola. Ours is made with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried berries, and sprouted almonds, and is sweetened with maple syrup.

Quinn Snacks Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels

Quinn took everyone’s favorite gluten-free pretzel and made it even better by stuffing each nugget with creamy peanut butter.

Thrive Market Paleo Snacks

This snack—in chipotle BBQ, ranch, and savory flavors—is already portioned and ready to go. Each bag features a seasoned blend of green banana chips cooked in coconut oil, cashews, and pecans.


Road Trip Snacks for Kids

road trip snacks for kids

You keep the kiddos entertained, and we’ll take care of the food. Fuel the fun with snacks they’ll love!

Justin’s Almond Butter Squeeze Packs

We’re nuts about portable nut butter snacks, and these squeeze packs serve up just the right amount of creamy almond butter without the mess. Serve with banana or apple slices for an extra hearty snack.

Mamma Chia Cherry Beet Chia Squeeze

Meet your new main squeeze! Kids will love these fun-size pouches of sweet cherry filling. You’ll love the added nutrients of chia seeds and beets.

Clif Bar Kid ZFruit Strawberry Snack

Looking for a healthy alternative to candy for your next family road trip? These organic fruit snacks deliver the same chewy sweetness without refined sugar.

Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies

This snack pack is perfect for smaller travelers. Each box contains 12 bags to give everyone their own portion of cheesy goodness.

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