5 Recipes Ready for the Road and Other Travel Snack Ideas

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Packing your own food is a healthy, wallet-friendly way to travel. When thinking about travel food, try to avoid items that could be squished and ruined. When traveling by plane, or if your car is so packed no cooler will fit, stick to snacks that don’t need to be kept cool.

A large variety of snacks and sandwiches are highly portable. Make sure you pick a sturdy bread for your sandwiches, particularly if you plan on using a mayonnaise or cream cheese spread. This way, it is less likely the bread will become saturated before you have a chance to eat it — another option is to use a bagel. Peanut butter and other nut butters do not have this problem and are perfect on sandwiches, bagels, and in wraps. If you don’t want it in full meal size, make peanut butter graham cracker sandwiches, which will have just a hint of sweetness too.

If you have access to a cooler, you can pack a container of hummus to eat with crackers or on cut up vegetables. The cooler could also hold cut up fruits, like strawberries or apple slices. Traveling with a whole apple is more difficult, unless you don’t mind the core hanging around until you have access to a trash can or are planning on consuming it right before making a pit stop. The same goes for bananas — and your fellow travelers may be less happy about hanging out with you and the smelly banana peel.

Always plan ahead so you have time to bake muffins, cut up vegetables, or prepare your sandwiches before you leave. With that in mind, here are five recipes to make and take on the road.

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