The best road trip snacks

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And no, they aren't all healthy

Emily MacKinnon

, Executive Assistant in
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You know the feeling

Packing up the car, driving away while trying to remember what you forgot, filling up at the gas station, and the best part: picking out snacks. This is an important choice. There needs to be an appropriate mix of sweet and salty, crunchy and chewy, and you definitely want to keep the mess to a minimum. Here at HeyAuto, we pride ourselves on being what you might call “road trip experts”, so check out our list of the best road trip snacks:


There’s no two ways around it, popcorn is the king of snacks. It is versatile, relatively mess free, and generally more healthy than those bags of chips we all love. Eat it plain, with butter, salt, pepper, cinnamon and brown sugar, cheese, caramel—you name it, it works on popcorn.

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Dried Mango

Dried mango at least gives you the illusion that you’re eating something healthy. There’s just something incredible about those sugar covered pieces of heaven. The mess is manageable in a car and it’s easy to snack on whether you’re a driver or passenger.

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Yoghurt Covered Pretzels

Yoghurt covered pretzels are the perfect balance of sweet and salty, making the a delightful palate cleanser from snacks that are generally one of the other. Once again, they’re essentially mess free and perfect for passengers or drivers.

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Trail Mix (GORP)

You can’t go wrong with good ol’ raisins and peanuts, its a tried and true combination that has withstood decades of scrutiny. We have yet to meet anyone to that likes raisins, yet trail mix is still a smash hit on the snack chart. If you’re really adverse to raisins, there’s plenty of options with dried blueberries or cranberries too! Bonus point for getting some with M&Ms or Smarties.

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Sure, you can pick up some jerky from the roadside gas station, but we’ll always suggest plotting your route through a town that has its own jerky shop. The beauty of it is that there are virtually endless variations. Different types of meat and flavouring means that each experience can be different. We suggest getting in on the honey garlic beef jerky…

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It’s an easy one. When we say “chocolate” we don’t just mean your standard bar of Cadbury milk chocolate (although that’s pretty good too), we think you should get more adventurous with it. We’re talking chilli-filled, stuffed with wafers, covered in nuts, whatever your heart desires. A road trip is a sacred event, you should treat it as such.

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We’ll round off this list with a class: the apple. Healthy, clean, and delicious. It might not be the most exciting, but you can’t argue with its efficacy.

There you have it, the best road trip snacks for every journey. They’re easy to eat on the road and sure to elevate your road trip experience. Do you have a staple for your adventures? Let us know!

Check out Hey Auto’s selection of vehicles to make your next road trip even more memorable.

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About the author
Emily MacKinnon
, Executive Assistant
Originally from Nova Scotia, Emily has spent the last 9 years in sales and customer service. A jack of all trades. She hopes to be able to help educate and get people excited about their next car purchases through her expression in these blogs.

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