No Mess Snacks for the Car

Take these snacks on the go for a long car trip


With the new year in full swing, many of us will be taking advantage of the next few weeks for some much needed travel after a possibly hectic holiday season. If you have young children and aren’t traveling too far of a distance, chances are you will be piling into the car and taking the journey on four wheels, in which case, snacks will most definitely be needed.

Car snacking can be a bit of a mess in more ways than one. Food gets dropped, crumbs go everywhere, and somehow you find yourself underneath the back seat of the car after the trip is complete, picking up bits of who knows what that has been nestled down there for who knows how long. The best way to avoid this problem? Mess-free snacks!

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Below are a few of our favorite mess-free snacks for car trips. They may not be perfect, with the occasional crumb or two falling out of place, but hey, you can always blame your kids for that.

Have any no mess snack ideas of your own? Let us know about them in the comments section.

Beef Jerky- Salty and chewy, this easy-to-make beef jerky is perfect for long car rides and is 100 percent mess free, even for the messiest of kids.

Puppy Chow- Don’t be fooled by the name, I’m not trying to feed your kids dog food. Puppy chow is a fun snack mix made with chocolate and peanut butter that will satisfy a sweet tooth, and won’t leave any remnants on the floor of your car.

Nutty Trail Mix- Easy to toss together before heading out for a long trip, this mix of sweet and salty nuts and candies is high in healthy and low in messy.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Roll-ups
- Most kids are perfectly content with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, so why not give it a bit of a twist? Roll these up with a little bit of cream cheese for an easy-to-hold car snack.

Veggies, Crackers and Cheese
- This cheese spread is simple to make and pack up in a tupperware. Bring a bag of celery sticks, carrot sticks and crackers for a snack that is not only mess-free, but healthy too!

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