During the summer and fall, I tend to do a lot of driving — going to weddings, attending bachelor parties, visiting friends — and to be honest, I don’t mind it so much. I’d say 3-4 hours is probably the sweet spot for me before I start wishing the drive was over. But all in all, I don’t mind getting to listen to a bunch of podcasts/music and, of course, eating like garbage because everyone knows calories don’t count on the road.
I’m about the drive up to the Adirondacks this weekend and I’ve already started thinking about what snacks I’m going to grab for my road trip. Here are my top 5 picks.
As a kid, I was a huuuuuuuge fan of Combos. Something about the pretzels and the fake ass cheese just appealed to me. I fell off Combos for a while but decided to grab a bag on a road trip to Ohio this summer and the gas station clerk told me they were 2 for $3 and I was wasting money by only getting one bag (hell of a salesman) so wouldn’t ya know it, I grabbed another bag. And let me tell you, Combos still bring the heat. Plus they have all sorts of different flavors now (pizza are still the GOAT) and even started dipping their toe into sweet combos, which I haven’t had the balls to try.
4. Trail Mix
There is a lot of variance in trail mix — different kinds of nuts, usually some M&Ms, and depending on what kind you buy, there could be all sorts of surprises in there! I usually struggle between choosing a salty snack or a sweet snack but trail mix allows me to have both. Plus, it at least gives me the illusion that I’m being healthy as a pour an entire bag down my gullet.
3. Beef Jerky
I discovered beef jerky late in life and damn was I missing out. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also another snack that you can tell yourself you’re being healthy by eating — no one can tell you NOT to stock up on protein. Much like Combos, they have a bunch of different flavors depending on the brand and I’m just starting to venture down those roads. It’s also a good snack if you’re driving during one of those weird days where you had a late lunch but you don’t wanna wait until like 8pm for a full dinner — boom beef jerky to the rescue. Only downside is it can be a little pricey.
2. Sunflower Seeds
Now I will say, this one does require some forethought and preparation with getting something to spit the shells into. Me? I like to grab a nice big bottle of water — I’m talking those huge ones, don’t want to run out of space halfway through your seeds. Despite the preparation, sunflower seeds are awesome, especially in the summertime. They are one of those things that just keep you busy as you drive down the road. And much like the other items on this list, you can mix it up with different flavors and such. The true beauty is that seeds will last you multiple trips (depending on length) and you can eat a million of them and not be full. Just make sure you throw your discarded shells out after the trip — I’ve found people can be judgy looking at a liter water bottle full of spit and shells.
1. Ritz Bitz with Cheese
The one and only, the GOAT, my bottom bitch. I’ve eaten a pack of Ritz Bitz on every road trip for probably the past five years, I just love them. It’s another snack that I used to go HAM on as a kid and that just carried over into adulthood. No lie, if a gas station doesn’t have these in stock even one time, I’ll never go back there. I need to have a reliable source for my Ritz Bitz. And please don’t come at me with the peanut butter ones — yeah, they’re good but they don’t hold a candle to the cheese!
So there you have it, the definitive list of road trip snacks. There are a ton I missed and to be honest, these are just the ones I grab because I’m usually in a rush and want to get out of the gas station. So if you have any others that I should be having as I drive, hit me up on Twitter.
Enjoy those road trips.