Road Trip Food List: Essential Eats for an Epic Expedition

We’ve put together an epic road trip food list packed full of the best tips for eating on the road and food ideas the whole family will love. 

Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast on road trips can be super convenient, considering the vast variety of pre-made pastry and cereal items. Below is a list that includes primarily items that won't need to be refrigerated or can sit at room temp for a few hours–just to hold you over until lunch!

  • Dry cereal
  • Granola bars
  • Muffins
  • Fresh fruit
  • Overnight oats
  • Bagel with cream cheese
  • Premade breakfast sandwich

Breakfast Sandwich Bagel

Lunch/Dinner Ideas

 Lunch and dinner will be the most challenging menu's in terms of packing if you don't have a cooler. If you're on a long road trip and are looking to make the most of your time, grab a cheap cooler in advance. They last forever and do an excellent job for what you'll need.

  • Pasta salad
  • Premade salads
  • Potato salad
  • Pita bread 
  • Chicken wings
  • Deli sandwiches
  • Peanut butter & jelly sandwich
  • Tomato basil turkey sandwich 
  • Basil turkey cheese sandwich
  • Peanut butter sandwiches
  • Mozzarella tomato basil sandwich
  • Cold pizza

Woman eating pizza in the car


The success of a road trip can easily be measured by these three things: sights, snacks, and laughs. Being a fourth-generation family-run business, we're pretty sure we've got you covered in the snack section! Click Here to head over to our shop to order some of the best road trip snacks–dried and true.  

  • Beef Jerky
  • Trail Mix
  • Energy bars
  • Peanut butter filled pretzels
  • Veggies (carrots, bell peppers, celery, snap peas) and hummus
  • Sliced cheese
  • Apples and almond butter
  • Banana chips
  • Veggie straws
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Cheese sticks
  • Cherry tomatoes 
  • Pork rinds 
  • Animal crackers
  • Graham crackers
  • Sausage rolls
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Whole wheat crackers
  • Cheese crackers
  • Protein bars
  • String cheese
  • Hardboiled eggs
  • Chips
  • Popcorn

Snacks on the dash of the car


Sweets are easily some of the best snacks while on a road trip. But, it's wise to pack the junk food lightly, especially if you have a sweet tooth! Try to bring along snacks with healthy fats and low amounts of added sugar on your next adventure instead.

  • Dark chocolate
  • Candy
  • Candy bars
  • Banana bread
  • Cookies
  • Brownies
  • Donuts
  • Fruit 

Cookies in the car


Hydration is key to feeling well and alert on a road trip, so be sure to pack more than enough water–especially if you're snacking on salty snacks like potato chips. 

  • Water bottles
  • Coconut water
  • Sparkling water
  • Electrolyte drinks
  • Energy drinks
  • Juice boxes
  • Iced tea
  • Soda
  • Coffee

Non-food Items

The below essentials are easy to pack and extremely useful in keeping your car clean and organized. The last thing you want to do is arrive at your destination to have to clean your interior. Plan now, rest later!

  • Paper towels 
  • Napkins
  • Wet wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Garbage bag
  • Coffee travel mug
  • Water flask
  • Sharp knife
  • Plastic or paper plates 
  • Ice–if bringing a cooler


The above lists includes the best food ideas for starters to help get your wheels moving and ensure you have a hangry-free road trip! Click Here to head over to our shop and order some of the best road trip snacks, and be sure to tag us (@pcbeefjerky) in your road trip photos!