Elevate Your Road Trip Experience with These Gourmet Snacks and Unique Essentials
As You Make Your Checklist, Add Incredible Items for a Vacation You Will Never Forget
When you think about it, most everyone dreams of taking the perfect road trip. You excitingly anticipate joining your family and friends on a journey of winding roads through charming towns. You envision seeing the glorious countryside with rustic farms. And you look forward to beholding some of America’s greatest metropolises with state-of-the-art skyscrapers.
As such, while you’re excited about reaching your destination, most of the fun involves making your way there. Whether traveling in a car, SUV, van, or RV, as you plan your next adventure, add these unique treats and essentials to make your road trip most entertaining and exciting.
Ashro Caftan — The first step in planning any successful road trip is selecting comfortable clothing. Ladies, caftans are a great idea. Consider the Kiama Short Caftan featuring exotic animal print. The soft, polyester item can be worn alone or with leggings. Other styles include the Zola Tunic Caftan, Femi Tunic Caftan, Naveah Short Caftan, and Ramonda Short Caftan.
Swiss Colony Products — Everyone in the car can delight in delicious Swiss Colony treats. The delectable Mini Butter Toffee with Wisconsin butter, almonds, and milk chocolate is must have. Try the tasty caramel pecan clusters too. There’s just something about road trips that makes many crave nuts. Great selections include the Western Trail Mix, Original Salt Mix, White Mountain Mix, Sweet and Salty Mix, and Edamame-Cranberry Mix. Premium Mixed Nuts with pecans, almonds, cashews, filbert, and Brazilian nuts are appetizing as well.
Kabaki Kenyan Purple Tea — Chill these bottles in a cooler while on the road. The tea leaves in this beverage are organically grown at high altitudes in the valleys and mountains of Kenya. The flavorful drinks include peach, raspberry, lemon, unsweetened, and lightly sweetened.
Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer — Every now and then, you need to have a Guy’s Trip or Girl’s Getaway. Be sure to hit the road with the great taste of Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer. Containing unfiltered ginger pieces, the 100% fresh beverage includes flavors such as Classic, Extra Spicy, Mango, and Lemon Lime. When you reach your destination, select the dedicated mixologist. Check out great recipes for refreshing cocktails and mocktails.
Welch’s Fruit Snacks — Make the family drive extra fun with these treats made with real fruit. Your choices are many. There are the Berry, Tropical Punch, and White Grape Strawberry Fruit Rolls. Then there are the nine choices in the Fruit Snacks as well as two reduced sugar flavors in the Mixed Fruit and Berries ‘n Cherries. Mom should get a kick out of the Fruit ‘n Yogurt flavors of Cherry, Strawberry, or Blueberry.
Gaea Olive Snack Packs — This is a great low-calorie snack for the road. The organic, pitted olives have no preservatives. Taste the green olives in Chili & Black Pepper, Lemon & Oregano, or Sea Salt & Vinegar. Try the Kalamata olives too. Check out recipes here.
Peanut Butter Wings — Chocolate and peanut butter meet rippled, crispy potato chips in a delectable way. These delicious snacks will be a wonderful surprise as you head off on your drive. Choose the milk chocolate peanut butter wings or dark chocolate peanut butter wings.
Sparkling Ice — This fizzy and fruity sparkling water with a splash of juice has no carbs or sugar. The 18 flavors include Black Raspberry, Cherry Limeade, Kiwi Strawberry, Crisp Apple, Cherry Limeade, Coconut Pineapple, Peach Nectarine, and Orange Passion Fruit. Click here to discover amazing recipes to DIY drinks once your reach your vacation spot.
Jali Fruit Co — When on family road trips, it’s always cool to share unique stories. While munching on Party Pineapple, Mr. Jackfruit, and Mango-Rama sun-dried fruit, tell the empowering stories of the women farmers, professionals, and entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa and in the Caribbean. The rural farmers, in more than 40 cooperatives, harvest the 100% handcrafted, natural, zero sugar, zero preservatives fruit from ancestral trees.
Just the Cheese — Made with 100% real Wisconsin cheese, this snack is created in a family-owned cheese factory in Reeseville, Wisconsin. While riding along in the car, if the kids are ready to eat, just toss them one of these cheesy treats. Low in carbs and sugar, while high in protein, the crunchy cheese snack flavors include aged cheddar, grilled cheese, mild cheddar, jalapeno cheese, garlic & chive, and Wisconsin cheddar.
Loacker Quadratini — These snacks are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. You won’t be able to eat just one. Each bite-sized treat consists of five crispy wafers with four layers of crème fillings. Flavors include Napolitaner, Lemon, Coconut, Chocolate, Tiramisu, and Espresso.
No Sugar Aloud — If you’ve got a vacation rental with a kitchen, take these great sugar free products along on your road trip. The gluten free, low carb, healthy items are vegan, keto, and diabetic-friendly. Try the Brownie Mix Bundle, Golden Cake Mix, Deep Dish Cookie Mix, Ohsome Bread Mix, Belgian Waffle Mix, Pizza Crust Mix, and Snickerdoonut Mix.
Tossits — These revolutionary car garbage bags will be a lifesaver as you travel. Keep your vehicle nice and neat with the large, leak-proof, smell proof, high quality, perforated bags with a seal. Choose from sets including Daily Driver, Car Pooler, and Bargain Hunter.
The Restroom Kit — This staple should be in every vehicle for every road trip. In a word — PERFECT. Each tri-compartment pack contains a patented oversized toilet seat cover, one yard of toilet tissue, one tush wipe, and one hand wipe. The product is sold in packs ranging from 12-pack to 250-pack. You can order hand sanitizers in gel or mist spray form as well.
UVBrite Water Bottle — This innovative water bottle is insulated, self-cleaning, and water-purifying. The UV-C cap disinfects as you add water to the stainless-steel container. Sold in cyan, black, and white, a few of the designs of this inventive brand have a touch sensor.
iLive Truly Wire-Free Earbuds — As you’re driving along, you’ll appreciate these wireless earbuds. The Bluetooth 5.0 model allows you to stream music faster and listen to phone calls with a broader range. The cool, over-the-ear hooks and bright color give an extra sporty look.
Sawyer Insect Repellent — If you’re heading off on a camping trip, you’ll need to be protected from bugs. Consider repellents such as the Picaridin Insect Repellent, Controlled Release Insect Repellent, and Permethrin Insect Repellent. Spray your clothing and gear such as tents, sleeping bags, hammocks, and more. The products repel mosquitoes, spiders, chiggers, mites, and 55 other insect types. The company also carries sunscreen, first aid, and water filtration products.
Sneaker Lab — This innovative, environmentally friendly company in South Africa sells this exceptional, pioneering product in more than 60 countries worldwide. You can order the 12-pack Sneaker Wipes, Sneaker Cleaner, Sneaker Protector, and Basic Kit which includes the brush.
Hans Ultra Clean — It’s the hero cleaner with a cape. This disinfectant and sanitizer can be taken on your road trip to clean your tech devices. Spray the cape and wipe down your air pods, phone, tablet, car touch screen, VR glasses, chargers, computer screens, and more.
CalmOptics — These glasses were created to block harmful blue light from computer and tablet screens. Sold in kids, teen, and adult styles, the hues include pink, green, blue, red, black, and Pumpkin Spice. Check out Adults So Posh, Adults Boss Babe, and Adults Unisex.
Tiny Teethers — Soothe your little one on the trip with one of these extraordinary teethers. Unique designs include Wooden Rattle Teether, Mini Teething Ring, Whale Teether, and Maple Wood + Silicone Teethers. Check out teething necklaces and pacifier clips.
Kid Proof — While on the road, you’re bound to have a spill or two. No worries. Ahead of the trip, spray your cloth or leather seats quickly and easily. The 12-ounce, spray bottle uses nanotechnology, has no harmful chemicals, protects fabric, and is safe for kids and pets.
Tom & Sheri’s Iron in a Bottle — While on your trip, you won’t have time for ironing and such. Just pack up this handy product. Created by Sheri Eudaly after giving up on ironing, the all-natural, wrinkle releaser, in a fresh linen scent, is available in 32-oz and 3-oz sizes.
Hydaway Collapsible Drink Tumbler — The newest addition to the Hydaway brand is a great hot/cold, insulated, portable, and reusable tumbler. Jump in the vehicle and toss it into the glove compartment or a small purse until you are ready for use. Try the collapsible water bottle too.
Zoey Naturals Hand Sanitizer — Give each person in the car their very own 4-oz spray bottle of the Island Hibiscus or English Garden scent. Paraben free, phthalate free, and sulfate free, the hand sanitizer, having no harsh chemicals, kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria.
Pure Inventions Water Infusion Drops — Lifelong friends and nutritionists Lynne and Lori created this line of liquid extracts to promote beauty and wellness from within. The innovative product includes Night, Tranquility + Vanilla, Pure Beauty, Hibiscus, Raspberry, Pineapple Coconut, Peach, Blueberry + White Tea, and Cranberry + Elderberry. Order the mason jar too.
Kumana Avocado — These appetizing sauces were created by Venezuelan born entrepreneurs Francisco and Roberto Pavan. flavors include Smokey Jalapeno Avocado Sauce, Habanero Avocado Sauce, and a Variety Pack which includes Avocado Sriracha Sauce.
Beyond the Equator Five Seed Butter — For peanut butter lovers who have allergies, this protein snack can go in their snack bags. The creamy version is available in 1.15-oz packets. Just squeeze it onto a cracker. Other types include crunchy, chocolate, and unsweetened.
ChocZero — These sugar free sweets are quite unique. Drop the small, individual packets of chocolate squares and peanut butter cups into an overnight bag or car caddy for easy reach. Pack the maple, caramel, and chocolate syrup to add toppings to desserts at your final destination.
B. Nutty Gourmet Peanut Butter — This gluten free, healthy, all-natural, specially crafted snack is perfect for your trip. Featured flavors include Pecan Pie, Turtle Brownie, White Chocolate Truffle, S’more Dreams, Simply Salted Caramel, Irresistible Pretzel, Joyful Cranberries, and Blissful Blueberries.
Angelic Bakehouse — One of the most fun things to do on a road trip is to stop for a picnic in a local, state, or federal park along the way. Make sandwiches and wraps ahead of time. Do so with products such as 7-Grain Bread, Flatzza Crust, Kale + Spinach Wraps/Tortillas, Lemon Blueberry Snack Crisps, and Sweet Potato Wraps. They are made with ingredients including sprouted whole grains, turmeric, beets, green chile, and more. For great recipes, click here .
Numa Chews — Created by mother-daughter duo Joyce and Jane, these low sugar, high protein sweets are a healthy adaptation of a creamy, Asian candy. The nougats include original crème, chocolate milk, creamy coconut, strawberries and crème, and caffeinated coffee.
Bubba’s Fine Foods — Indulge in tantalizing snacks while being focused on your health. Enjoy flavors like Savory Original Snack Mix and Bourbon Vanilla UnGranola. The family pack includes flavors such as Righteous Ranch, Blazing Buffalo, and Grand Garlic Parm.
The Empowered Cookie — Chef Natalie Barr embarked on a passionate journey of creating a healthy cookie. She wanted a tasty dessert that would be diet-friendly, low carb, paleo, vegan, and gluten-free with no grain, soy, peanut, dairy, and refined sugar. The delightfully distinctive results included Lemon Lavender Poppyseed, Raisin Walnut, Chocolate Chip Cherry, Double Chocolate Chunk, Chocolate Chip Walnut, and Ginger Molasses.
One for Neptune — These whitefish jerky snacks are healthy, high in protein and Omega 3 fatty acids, and contain fresh, natural ingredients. Having the taste, texture, and aroma of beef jerky, the flavors Fiery Cajun, Cracked Pepper, Smoked Sea Salt & Juniper, and Honey Lemon Ginger.
Flax4Life — Kasondra Shippen’s family-owned business is committed to creating gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free products. While on your trip, share treats like the Carrot Cake, Apple Cinnamon Granola, Cranberry Orange Granola, Blueberry Muffin, Cappuccino Brownies, and Chocolate Cake.
Leslie E. Royal is an author, international freelance writer, product profile expert, micro-influencer, and global travel journalist. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including: Upscale Living, ESSENCE, Black Enterprise, The Ashro Blog, FORTUNE.com, and AAA Southern Traveler. She is an Ashro Ambassador, the creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog, and author of two books: Leslie Lane The Book!: Your One Stop Internet Resource Guide to Links for Jobs, Inspiration, Discounts, FREE Stuff, Scholarships, Travel & More ( $14.95) — How to Write and Self-Publish Your Book for FREE with Amazon’s KDP: An Easy Way to Complete Your Manuscript in Seven Stress-Free Steps (Leslie’s Lane Inc.) ($9.95) Follow Leslie on Instagram and see her Amazon Author page.