What are the best foods to eat in the car?

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Snacks that you should bring on a road trip 

While going on a road trip is generally a fun experience, there are some things that can make your trip even more enjoyable. When you’re prepping for the trip, you need to be sure that you have everything planned, right down to the snacks that you bring. If you’re trying to decide what the best road trip snacks are, this list can help you find something that will help keep you full and happy on the road.  

One thing that you need to consider when packing snacks for a road trip is how messy they are. While you might want to bring snacks like pudding or yogurt, those are best reserved for eating during stops, when there isn’t a likelihood that you will spill the item. While many things have a potential for mess, there are some items that are easier to clean, and won’t destroy your vehicle’s interior. You’ll also want to make sure that you aren’t just eating junk food, which can be considered the quintessential road trip diet.  


  • Cut Vegetables (Celery, Carrots, Peppers) 
  • Pre-sliced fruit  
  • Trail Mix 
  • Granola Bars 
  • Jerky 
  • Crackers 

Don’t Bring:  

  • Overly Crumbly Granola Bars 
  • Unpeeled Fruit 
  • Messy Chips 
  • Refrigerated items 
  • Sticky Foods 

[Related: Tips for driving safely at night]

Planning your road trip 

Group of young women driving in a car with the sun roof openThough planning a road trip is about more than just snacks, you want to make sure that every aspect is worked out before you get on the road. A benefit of the road trip is that you will likely be making stops along the way, so if you forget to bring enough of your favorite treat, you can probably find it at one of the many places along the way.  

While making impromptu stops is an important part of the journey when you take a road trip, whether that is for food or for roadside attractions. However, you want to make sure that the reason you’re stopped isn’t that your vehicle isn’t working. As part of your road trip preparations, bring your vehicle to Sanders Ford to schedule a service appointment. If you aren’t sure if your vehicle will be able to hold up, Sanders Ford offers a variety of new Ford models that will provide everything you need for a road trip. Contact Sanders Ford to learn more.

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