June 16, 2009,
L.H. asks from West Jordan, UT on June 15, 2009
Road Trip Toddler Snacks
Next month we're taking our first "vacation" since our twins were born. We're going to go introduce them to all the family in California. It's a 12 hour drive with minimal stops. I've got the songs, dvds, toys, books, etc. all planned. But I'm really stuck on the snacks. If there's one way to keep my boys happy, it's food. I need help thinking of good snacks for them to have in the car. Crackers only go so far. I'd like to have things they can work on for awhile so I don't have to reach back every time one of them finishes a bite and hand them a new one. They don't have enough teeth for carrots. They hate apples, cucumbers, and anything of vegetable origin. I'm not averse to junk food, so throw those ideas out, too. But I'd like to keep things on the healthy side since we'll have to eat out a lot. Please help me keep my boys happy on this insane trip!:)
K.D. answers from Denver on June 16, 2009
We do a big variety of crackers, freeze dried fruit (some varieties are easier to chew than others), fruit snacks (Mott's makes a really good one with no food coloring), Pirates Booty (like Cheetos, but organic), potato chips, bananas, string cheese, etc. Of course, there's always cookies. :) Anyway you go, I would plan a day to take all the car seats out and detail both the car and the seats when you get back. For drinks, we use diluted juice or Kool-Aid. We traveled 120,000 miles over the last three years with kids aged newborn (13 days) to almost 6, so if you have any other questions, we've probably encountered the issue, and I'd love to help out if I can. To cut down on reaching into the back seat, I break down the snacks into serving sizes and put them in snack bags. You could probably get by with cutting the sizes in half. Then they can hold onto the bag and eat and pass it back when done. A little bit more does make it into the seat and onto the floor this way, though. Have fun! California was one of our favorite places to go!
J.H. answers from Colorado Springs on June 16, 2009
On my sons first road trip we had freeze dried fruit... costco used to sell brothers all natural and it almost melts in their mouths, but i haven't seen it there in a while. you can order online but its waaayyyy more expensive. Whole foods has some similar thats also expensive but at least you don't have to order in bulk! Nutri-grain type bars, string cheese or cheese slices, bananas, goldfish/teddy graham type crackers, fruit leather (like fruit roll-ups but made with fruit only), pop tarts, you could make a pb sandwich before leaving with very little pb if they wouldnt make too much of a mess with that..maybe even a grilled cheese if they ate it soon after leaving. If there's other fruit that they do like (strawberries, melon, grapes, peaches) you could try a fruit salad. Maybe keep a bib on them the whole trip, lol. Also, I'd recommend getting something like a snack trap to hold their food that way if they throw the bowl or fall asleep and drop it you won't have food all over the car! Good luck and I hope they sleep a lot!
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B.L. answers from Billings on June 15, 2009
cereal like cheerios, its not junk food, and healthy. Or any other cereal that melts easy in the mouth so you dont have to worry about choking, that was my biggest fear every time we made a trip, even just into town. I wish you luck on the trip and have lots of fun.
J.W. answers from Pueblo on June 15, 2009
Twizzlers. They saved me while taking an 8 hour car trip with my kids by myself. I also had some drinkable yogurts (not gogurts, but the cup kind) and cheese and summer sausage. String cheese is a hit and can take a few minutes to eat. Also the large pretzels are not so messy.
As for toys, balloons worked really well when we took them to Tennessee last year (20 hours one way). I found a pack of balloons and a pump at Target and it took up a lot of time. they were messy - whenever we opened a door, they would fly out, but they took up a lot of time!