Road Trip Food List: Essential Eats for an Epic Expedition!

So you’re going on a road trip, that’s great! You’ve probably got an epic trip planned out down to the scenic roads, but what about the don’t want to waste your time and money at restaurants along the way. Or even worse: fast food. 

We’ve created this epic road trip food list just for you! To ensure that you don’t waste your time, money, or health by stopping to eat junk food! Read on to learn about the ultimate road trip meals and snack ideas.

Road Trip Food Lists

Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast on road trips is simple, considering pastry items like muffins are easy to store and snack. It also offers a decent variety, especially if you have a cooler. We'll give 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Peanut butter filled pretzels
  • Veggies (carrots, bell peppers, celery) and hummus
  • Apples and almond butter
  • Banana chips
  • Veggie straws
  • Cherry tomatoes 
  • Pork rinds 
  • Whole wheat crackers
  • Protein bars
  • String cheese
  • Hardboiled eggs
  • Chips
  • Popcorn

Snacks on the dash of the car


While sweets are obviously some of the best snacks while on a road trip, they're the quickest to make you feel sluggish, so pack and snack on these with caution–especially if you're driving! 

  • Dark chocolate
  • Candy
  • Candy bars
  • 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. 

  • Sparkling water
  • Electrolyte drinks
  • Energy drinks
  • Iced tea
  • Soda
  • Coffee

Nonfood 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
  • Garbage bag
  • Coffee travel mug
  • Water flask
  • Plastic or paper plates 
  • Garbage bag
  • Ice–if bringing a cooler


The above lists include just a few food ideas to get your wheels moving and help ensure you and your companions have a fun 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!