70+ Road Trip Food List: Eats for an Epic Expedition

Before going on a road trip adventure, it's vital to prepare with the ultimate road trip food list so your only option isn't to be left with fast food meals. Simply put, it's all about the food prep so head to the grocery store with your grocery list. These snack foods are able to be made ahead and range in variety of different cuisines and also healthy options. 

Pro tip*: Most of the these snack food ideas can also be made into healthier versions that suit many dietary restrictions. 

Are you looking for car snacks or snack bags? What about easy meals on your next road trip? Regardless of the destination, we've put together an epic road trip food list packed full of the best tips and food ideas the whole family will love.  

Breakfast Snack Food 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 (can last the entire trip) or can sit at room temp for a few hours–just to hold you over until lunch!

1. Dry cereal

2. Granola bars

3. Muffins (Blueberry muffins are a crowd pleaser!)

4. Fresh fruit

5. Overnight oats

6. Bagel with cream cheese

7. Premade breakfast sandwich

8. Apple Slices

9. Nut butter

Someone holding a Breakfast Sandwich Bagel


Lunch/Dinner Snack Food 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. 

Pack these easy 'make-ahead' meals into smaller containers and throw them into the cooler to preserve them for longer. This will keep perishable foods from spoiling. Single servings are optimal here so each person can have their own. 

*Pro tip: You can purchase a disposable cooler that'll last you the long trip. Once you're done, just throw it out! Plus, most of these easy meals can be prepped beforehand.

10. Pasta salad

11. Premade salads

12. Tuna Salad

13. Potato salad

14. Pita bread

15. Chicken wings

16. Deli sandwiches

17. Peanut butter & jelly sandwich

18. Tomato basil turkey sandwich

19. Basil turkey cheese sandwich

20. Peanut butter sandwiches

21. Mozzarella tomato basil sandwich

22. Cold pizza

23. Lunchables

24. Sliced cucumbers

Note: Nobody likes soggy sandwiches. If you decide to make sandwiches for the long journey ahead, prep the sandwiches but hold off on the condiments. This won't make your bread soggy! Just add it later on when you're ready to eat it. 

Woman eating pizza in the car

Road Trip Snack Food Ideas

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! Head over to our shop to order some of the best road trip snacks–dried and true. 

25. Beef Jerky

26. Homemade (or store bought) Trail Mix

27. Energy bars

28. Peanut butter filled pretzels

29. Veggies (carrots, bell peppers, celery, snap peas) and hummus

30. Sliced cheese

31. Apples and almond butter

32. Banana chips

33. Celery Sticks

34. Applesauce Cups (or Squeezable applesauce for easy reach)

35. Veggie straws

36. Fresh vegetables

37. Pumpkin seeds

38. Cheese sticks

39. Cherry tomatoes

40. Pork rinds

41. Animal crackers

42. Graham crackers

43. Sausage rolls

44. Sunflower seeds

45. Whole wheat crackers

46. Cheese crackers

47. Protein bars

48. String cheese

49. Veggie Chips

50. Hardboiled eggs

51. Chips

52. Popcorn

53. Sweet Treats

54. Carrot sticks with ranch dressing

Snacks on the dash of the car

Sweet Snack Food Ideas

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.

55. Dark chocolate

56. Candy

57. Candy bars

58. Banana bread

59. Cookies

60. Brownies

61. Donuts

62. Fruit

63. Sweets from a Bakery 

Someone holding Cookies in the car


Road Trip Beverage Ideas

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.

64. Water bottles

65. Coconut water

66. Sparkling water

67. Electrolyte drinks

68. Energy drinks

69. Juice boxes

70. Iced tea

71. Soda

72. Coffee

Non-food Road Trip Items to Pack

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! 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!