We started our summer off with a BIG family trip to the other side of the world. I love to travel and am excited to share more on that (including a recipe inspired by our time in Asia) in an upcoming post, but today I thought it’d be fun to share which travel snacks I brought along with me in my suitcase! I started prepping for this trip months in advance and one important item was to have a variety of snacks that are both filling and don’t take up a lot of room (and are REAL FOOD, of course!). While I love popcorn and fresh fruit, bulky and perishable items like those obviously didn’t make the cut.
I was also looking for variety here. I’ve definitely been on trips before where my stomach is not feeling all that great and the thought of eating yet another of the exact same bar would have put me over the edge. I mean really…how many of the same brand/flavor bar can you really eat in a row before getting tired of them?
So, not sponsored, just what I really brought along for all of us…here is my carefully curated list!
8 Real Food Snacks in my Suitcase this Summer
These have been a longtime favorite of ours and I got a pack of the minis (online) to throw in my travel bag this year. Most of these went in my snack bag and my 11-year-old’s bag.
- Health Warrior Bars
These are newer on the scene, but as I mentioned my daughter (the 13-year-old, especially) has been loving them, and they quickly became her bar of choice. And she even has braces! My husband is a big fan too, so I really stocked up on these for their bags and put a couple in mine as well.
- Justin’s Vanilla Nut Butter
Disclaimer: These are not all the way real…they have some added sugar! But I have to
blamethank Carrie Vitt for introducing us to these because they are SOO good. I only buy them for trips, and it’s hard not to eat them all on the first day because they seriously taste like a cookie. I never thought about eating nut butter by itself (without an apple or banana to go with it) until I got this tip from Carrie. :)
- RX Nut Butters
After being turned on to nut butter as a snack (by itself – see #3 above) we were excited to try these new ones from RX. My kids love these so much, I had to hide them before we left so those little rascals wouldn’t eat them all before our trip!
- Eden Pumpkin Seeds
I mentioned these in a recent store bought snack post and they were most definitely on my mind because of our trip!
- Homemade Trail Mix
Okay, so I threw a little 85% dark chocolate in there—also not technically real food—but pretty low in sugar content when you consider the options. I also mixed in a variety of roasted and salted nuts. A great combo for an after dinner snack!
- Paleo Valley Meat Sticks
I am so glad Paleo Valley sent me some of their meat sticks to try because I honestly didn’t think I liked meat sticks until I had their Summer Sausage flavor. So good, and the right size too if you don’t want to overcommit in this department.
- Nick’s Sticks
I mainly bought these for my husband and kids because (as I mentioned in #7) I am not a huge regular meat stick person myself, but I do recognize how convenient these are. Hard to beat as far as the small, portable, and filling criteria goes! PS- Try these out for yourself and get 25% off of your order with code RF2018!
- Bonus: Handzies Wipes!
I love these for travel and when you just need a wipe. Trust me if you use a dirty public restroom with no sink in Tokyo or your kids decide to let pigeons land on them in Venice you’ll definitely want one of these over a couple squirts of spray. Plus it’s super convenient to put a few in each person’s snack bag so they don’t have to bug me for hand sanitizer every time they want a snack!
Do you have any real food travel snacks you’d add to this please? Please share them in the comments!