Mama’s Traveling Snack Basket

This has been a summer of “on the go” and our usual tossing a few snacks into a backpack wasn’t cutting it.

We traveled all the way to south Oklahoma to camp at Beaver’s Bend State Park and while my snack bin was enough to suffice … it stood to be updated.

Ever the Enneagram 1, I finally got our traveling, snacking, and not spending $$ at every gas station in the great state of Louisiana down pat. This basket has now traveled to the beach (mama alone with two kids 4 and 8 months), then what turned into an 8 hour drive to Birmingham, and countless trips close to lunch time around town and to my classroom (I’m a teacher). This mixed with Sarah’s genius potty in the back of the car hack has been a life saver to the many “Mama I’m starving!” comments.

To start, I grabbed a cute enough basket from Target. I think I paid $6 for this particular one. Next I added in all of our favorite non-perishable snacks to live in there permanently. [Goldfish Crackers, Fruit Snacks, Kid’s Cliff Bars, Ritz, Animal Crackers, Scooby Snacks] Then on the day we have to go somewhere, I will toss in whatever fruit the kiddo is currently wanting to eat or other snacks I might have on hand. I don’t always go healthy, many times this is just a survival kit, but you could mix it up however you like.

From there, I stick it with a pack of baby wipes in the front seat of the car where I can easily open and pass snacks back. When we drove to the beach alone I was shocked that the only money spent was for lunch. Usually we get stuck in the chip aisle while trying to potty, but this notion of having a bunch of snacks on hand helped that out.

This weekend we are headed out again and aside from tossing in a few bags of popcorn and Easy Mac for the hotel, we are pretty much set to go.

What are some of your favorite travel snacks for kids?

Emily Babb
Emily, originally from North Louisiana, lives with her husband Jeremy and sons Harrison & Elliot in New Iberia. She's an elementary teacher by day and blogger by night at her personal blog Louisiana Bride. She began blogging to document planning her wedding and has since moved to sharing recipes, meal planning ideas, and the humor in daily life. Emily enjoys yoga, gardening, camping, and is a closet hippie. When she isn't having a toddler crawl all over her while she attempts to workout while simultaneously cooking dinner, you can find her reading a good book or watching old BBC documentaries on YouTube. She use to be cool, but somewhere in adulthood all those concerts quit happening and a mini van showed up in the driveway.


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