Snacking On The Road + An Organizing Hack

in Kids, Travel

This post is sponsored by Juicy Juice. Thanks for reading!

We’ve been having a blast this summer exploring our town and neighboring cities. Any opportunity to soak up the sun and discover something new is alright with us.

Getting out of the house requires a bit of prep. We store all of our outdoor necessities in our truck and before we head out, we pack healthy snacks to keep everyone happy. It’s easy to stop at the local fast food joint and those stops really start to add up especially as a family of five. We’ve been doing a great job at avoiding fast food and will only stop at a restaurant if we’re in another town and are looking to try something new.

When we are planning an outing, we usually keep it a secret until the kids ask while they’re getting dressed. Jaxon will usually ask if we’re doing “fun stuff” today and Jayden will followup with “Are we packing snacks?” Because he’s all about the food and refuses to be out in these streets famished. While enroute, he’ll periodically do inventory from the back seat. “Did you pack water?” “Did you pack sunflower seeds?” And Jaxon will then, request juice and so will Akilah.

In our snack bag, we like to keep a variety of treats for our adventures. I try to pick up something new each time we go shopping since the kids really enjoy surprises. Here are our current favorites.

Favorite Snacks to Pack

Homemade Trail Mix – Plantain chips, pretzels, and sunflower seeds
String cheese
Potato and Tortilla Chips
Juicy Juice!

We have been enjoying Juicy Juice all summer long! Our current favorites are the Juicy Juice Splashers. They are a refreshing blend of 50% fruit juice and 50% water and are perfect on those hot summer days when I want to make sure the kids are hydrated while allowing them to still enjoy a little juice with less sugar. I also love that the Splashers are in pouches and can withstand being tossed around.

A Car Hack

Between the snacks, our emergency bag, blankets, summer essentials and toys, our truck is looking more and more like we live in it! With three kids, we have to stay prepared for the everyday and as Jax says “the fun stuff”. To keep things organized and more accessible to the kids, I set up a little organizer on the back of my seat for snacks and other items we don’t want to go diving for. I used an over the door shoe organizer (I use these all over the house!) and shortened it for the length of the seat. For tying around the headrest, I recommend using a strong string, twine, or zip ties.

And this is how we keep everyone fed and happy while on the road and at play.

In the comments, let me know your favorite snacks to pack on the road and any car organization hacks you love!

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • K. Elizabeth September 2, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    We love Juicy Juice Splashers. We just took a road trip to Orlando and the kids enjoyed these the entire ride.

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  • Our Family World August 21, 2017 at 2:04 PM

    The car organizer is great to have. The kids would be able to see which snack they would want, and you can also use that to keep other stuff in place like extra cellphone batteries, a power bank, cords, etc.

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  • Shannon Gurnee August 21, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    They are so cute! Looks like they are definitely loving their Juicy Juice drinks!

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  • Carol Cassara August 21, 2017 at 10:27 AM

    When you’re out with kids it’s really important that you pack snacks and drinks! These are awesome ideas and I love that storage too!

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  • Crystal August 20, 2017 at 10:02 PM

    School’s back in session and that means we’ll be in the car a lot more. That organizer is really going to come in handy. Plus, I think it may keep trash off of the floor of the car.

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  • Chrystal | Nevermore Lane August 19, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    I love the idea of keeping snacks in the car like this. I need the adult version. Seems like every time I get in the car I feel like snacking.

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  • Wendy Polisi August 19, 2017 at 12:54 PM

    I had to giggle about your little one asking for snacks. My kids are the same way. That is one brilliant way to carry snacks in the car! Much more organized than our plastic sacks! ha!

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  • Sarah Bailey August 19, 2017 at 6:58 AM

    These are some amazing ideas, I love the idea of having the pack behind the chair so people can dip in and out as they want.

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  • Theresa August 18, 2017 at 10:01 PM

    That snack organizer is such a great idea! Those Juicy Juice pouches look so convenient for travel too!

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  • Pam August 18, 2017 at 6:31 PM

    I didn’t know Juicy Juice made pouches like this now. My kids both always loved Juicy Juice.

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  • Veronica Vilora Solomon August 18, 2017 at 6:31 PM

    Goodness. I still need this for my grown kids. Haha. I wish this was around when they were little

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  • Catherine Sargent August 18, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    That is a great organizer for the car. My sons favorite on the go snack were grapes. I would always freeze them so they stayed cold longer.

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  • Kelly || Food, Fun, & Faraway Places August 18, 2017 at 2:31 PM

    I’ve been seeing so many different ideas/places to use the over the door shoe rack and they are all amazing! This is really great, especially for 3 kids! I look like I live in my car! They need to make the trunks bigger! 🙂

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  • Melissa Chapman August 18, 2017 at 2:20 PM

    You are really organized. With kids it is so hard to forget things but not you. My kids are a little older so I bring snacks but not much else.

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  • Meagan August 18, 2017 at 1:50 PM

    That is such a great idea. I know it can be easy to end up with a cluttered car without hacks like this.

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  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle August 18, 2017 at 12:23 PM

    That is such a great idea! No more fishing for snack bags under the car seats and juice boxes falling out of the car when we open the doors. I love it!

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