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According to you: The essential road trip snacks

There are a lot of important decisions that have to be made when embarking on a road trip. The destination, route, vehicle, schedule, and passengers are all variables that can make the difference between a drive to remember and one you wish you could forget. Another important variable? Your choice(s) in snacks.
https://www.hagerty.com/media/driving/according-to-you-the-essential-road-trip-snacks/
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qualicas
Pit Crew

I agree but Cheezies are only available in Canada so when we drive South I make sure I have a supply. As well Licorice Allsorts, and Cherry blasters are also only in Canada.
Stixx
Detailer

no food in my car . Ever. That is why they make so many Subways and Chic fi lays . If you can't take ten minutes out for a quick and messy mealtime dishes along the route , you should only consider something like CBD Gummy Bears which will help with your hip aching from sitting in the car too long with no breaks !!!
DavidHolzman
Advanced Driver

Good coffee is my favorite. I'd give up any ten food items before I'd give up coffee. A really good espresso cortado makes a road trip even more special.

As for eats, almonds, other nuts, strawberries, apples are good.

On looong road trips, like the 450 miles I do at least once a year between my home in Boston and my siblings and some friends in the DC metro area, I always bring a bag of carrots. If I get tired, which sometimes happens on those trips, crunching on carrots wakes me up. And if it doesn't wake me up, I know it's time to get off the road and nap.

DavidHolzman
Advanced Driver

I noted a lot of people recommended M&Ms. Fun fact: the peanut M&M was invented by Ray Vernon, a Harvard economist who worked at Mars for two years during the 1950s.
TA76
Detailer

Sorry, But "Upon returning to the United States, Forest Mars began his own company, Food Products Manufacturing, where he developed, among other things, Uncle Ben's Rice and Pedigree Pet Foods. In 1940 he began a partnership with Bruce Murrie (the other "M") and in 1941 the two men patented M & M candies." " In 1942, 200,000 pounds of M&M’s were produced weekly in their Newark, NJ factory, most of it going to the military. Soldiers in WWII carried the m&m's with them. By the end of the war, the factory was producing 600,000 lbs each week.
slombard
Hagerty Employee

The quality of Hagerty's writing has really fallen off with this article. Not a single mention of pork rinds?!? C'mon!
MTPantera
Pit Crew

Payday or similar, a good sliced manchego cheese, beef meat stick (costco's are good), and if you haven't tried, Kettle Truffle flavored Potato chips. With a good co-pilot, these are all easy to handle tasty treats.
MAXTHEAX
Intermediate Driver

Having been around for far too long I'll pass on road trips from the 50's through the 70's. Fair warning, this is socially unacceptable today.
A large cooler full of beer. Mine was root beer but the old man's was just about anything around 5%. This is back when a trip from Buffalo to Boston was on two lane roads reading Burma-Shave road side jokes. Road side drive-in stands would sell beer with your burger which you could take to go or sometimes have a few around a pick nick table and leave four hours later.
The trip was more fun than the destination back then.
Rick2
Instructor

There is always a bag of cashews for my road trips and good jerky if I can find it. The wire brings her chocolate and I will take a Payday.
Islander
Detailer

'Not seeing Cheese Waffie's mentioned. Probably really unhealthy but they do hit the spot at certain times.
RW68RSConv
Detailer

I don't know how it started but Hot Tamales are requirement in our family. We never have them in the house or any other time. It is a road trip exclusive.
JohninNC
Instructor

Here's one if you're very tired... popcorn! Add in Dr. Pepper and you're good to go. Of course, if you can't stay awake, get off the road. Popcorn is light, crunchy, and non-filling.
SilentBoy741
Instructor

Not for my road trips (popcorn bits in the carpets, ugh), but you just named my go-to-every-time movie theater combo!
Studenorton
Instructor

Obviously one whole faction of the insured is unrepresented, or someone would have mentioned how unruly caviar can be at the wheel. Those pesky devils just roll *everywhere.* And what about that Grey Poupon?
Maestro1
Technician

Old fashioned habit: I never eat in cars.
mfp4073
Advanced Driver

Granola bars (not the crumbly kind) and sugar free tea.
6speed
Pit Crew

Red Licorice. No crumbs and a resealable bag. Plus its good for you. LOL
YnotS2K
New Driver

Can’t leave out RC Cola and Moon Pie!
Instant energy the old school way😂
TransAm-forever
Intermediate Driver

I have a small purpose-built zippered bag I call my "Nut Sac" that I fill with deluxe mixed nuts. Nutritious, no mess, no waste and non-distracting. Apples and a chilled bottle of water in a cooler. Beyond that, have a light lunch when you fill with gas.
Gene_M
Detailer

Peanut M&Ms, Twizzlers and Almonds. Bottle of unsweetened iced tea, or cold brew.
DanM
Pit Crew

It depends on the car. The rental for our road trips--anything go's. My newer cars--NO. -- No snacks any way. (One of us , well maybe both are slobs)
The collector cars ABSOLUTELY NO WAY. NOTHING! You can eat all the snacks you want, but do it in the lawn chair behind the car.
cdkrek
Intermediate Driver

I like chocolate covered coffee beans for really long stretches. Keeps me alert without making me want to find the nearest restroom. Need to make sure to keep them out of the sun and not leave them in your car when parked for a long time.
MARK400
Detailer

How about 2 cuts of Sicilian pizza with extra sauce and cheese plus pepperoni while driving.....
( recipe for disaster ), only problem is if you make a sharp left turn the passenger gets to enjoy it..
SilentBoy741
Instructor

By the way, the undisputed best flavor for Fritos is the original Bar-B-Que, but alas, those haven't been available for years.
Joee383
Intermediate Driver

I hate to rain on the junk food parade but the absolute best travel food is.
Grapes!
They keep you hydrated without causing rest stops.
They are low cal and bulk, you are just sitting so traveling light is good.
They are very refreshing!
Jetboat88
New Driver

Nobody has mentioned Bit-O-Honey....the Satch Carlson rally favorite...with a longer half life than U-232.
Davidb
Intermediate Driver

I carry a good supply of the basic food groups: Coke, Gatorade, granola, and snickers bars. Red licorice is for long hauls.
michaellhinton
Pit Crew

I’m in the trail mix camp for sure. Paired with an ice-cold Coke Zero, and I’m ready for more! Lacking trail mix, pretzels are great. Minimum fuss, minimum mess!
bblhed
Instructor

I know of few road side places to grab something that are not better places to eat than in a car that is moving at almost 90 feet per second. Unless your in the back of a Rolls with a tray table pull over to eat, If you must have a bag of vending machine food have the decency to finish it and wash your hands before getting back into the car.
eighthtry
Advanced Driver

I fill up with gasoline, go inside, and fill up one of the supersize fountain drink cups with ice. I will then purchase a diet root beer (which exist in the land of unicorns these days), or diet pepsi if I can find no unicorns, pour it in and enjoy that. Then I will suck ice. It keeps me alert regardless of how many hours I have been on the road. On occasion I will buy sunflower seeds. Getting to the seed keeps me working and accomplishes the same thing. I did a quick 800 miles last week.

Otherwise I never travel with snacks.
acooper529
Advanced Driver

Gummy bears and coffee
Uniquecoaches03
Intermediate Driver

I am with Team No Food in the Car. Bottled water is allowed. Most of my cars do not have cup holders.
BenGee
New Driver

In October I had to drive from Central Alberta to Montreal in a hurry, 3 sleeps due to a family matter. My travel snack was a Costco container of mix nuts and a case of water. Before I leaving in the morning I transferred nuts in a cup container and poured the bottle water in a coffee travel mug. Those are the only 2 things that I ever consume in my truck an F150. With the monstrous fuel tank I can go a full 12hrs none stop, but I rarely do. For numb bum remedy I put my seat on max cool which really numbs my bum. Happy New Year.
Eric2
Intermediate Driver

I'm the person that wants to get from point A to point B asap. Don't want to lose 45-60 minutes of road time to stop and eat in restaurant. Unhealthy snacks and food is part of the road trip. Snacks found in gas station that drip all types of preservatives, fast food drive up windows plus long road trips go hand in hand.
Oldsmobile1988
Intermediate Driver

What happened to cheeseburger in paradise don't forget the fries and and a cold beer to boot!! To me it's always easier to stop. But in a pinch a couple of Snickers bars are on hand.
Loved the last photo No Ethanol and not a charging station in site!😎😎
Oldroad1
Technician

Banana Chips and mixed unsalted nuts. Great combination and very little mess. Maybe a few nuts on the floor, easily gathered up and disposed after the drive.
farna
Advanced Driver

The best road food is one I can't get in SC, and may no longer be available. When I was stationed at Mountain Home AFB, ID (83-87), there was a place called "Taco John's". They served a deep fried beef or bean burrito in a sleeve that was about 1.25-1.50" in diameter and 7-8" long. Just push up out of the sleeve and bite! Nearest equivalent are the "Tornados" served at Circle K stores. They used to be on the roller grille and you could slip in in a sleeve, but most now have them in small boxes due to COVID. Still easy to hold and eat without making a mess while driving though. The French Toast and Sausage are the tastiest road trip breakfast!! My truck is my office, so a Polar Pop and FTS is a common hot and tasty breakfast for me!!
MrBill-1943
Detailer

I am a "Team No food in my car." Even is we stop for a quick meal it's still sit and enjoy but not in my car. Would rather sit by or in a rest stop and car/people watch than miss the sights of this great country snacking away.
tvjake2
Intermediate Driver

While probably not a snack my travel/freeway food is MacDonald's hamburgers, sauce, no cheese. The don't drip and you can eat them with one hand. Works great.
BillyBuick
Intermediate Driver

The best....Meatball Parmigiana hero sandwich!
Rich8
Intermediate Driver

Peanut butter & mashmellow crackers, a little crumbly..... but tasty, nutrious and filling
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

Candy is a short term thing and doesn't work well in a hot car to me. I'd rather pull over and stop somewhere to eat if possible on a long trip. It gives you a chance to stretch your legs.