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11 Make-Ahead Snacks for Planes, Trains, and Really Long Car Rides

June  1, 2016

Travel snacks are not known for their elegance. They are sturdy, stoic, and dependable foods that rarely surpass anything more than sheer sustenance. But we all know a miniature bag of peanuts is not enough to get you through that 6-hour flight to your parents' place. Nor should gas station pork rinds have to be your main source of protein as you cross the country in your sedan. So with summer vacations and the lure of warm-weather upon us, why not plan ahead? 

Here are 11 make-ahead travel snacks, plus all the best tools to take them on the road, to sustain you on any trip.

Oats and Quinoa Breakfast Bars by CravingSomethingHealthy

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Take them to go in... a Two-Layer Sandwich Box:



Nancy Silverton's Bran Muffins by Genius Recipes

Take them to go in... a Linen Bread Bag:



Wasabi Pea Snack Mix by Kendra Vaculin 

Take it to go in... any size of our Ball Elite Blue Jars:



Herbed Butternut Squash Chips by Merrill Stubbs

Take it to go in... a Stainless Steel Tiffin (alongside some Chard Stalk Hummus): 



Bulgogi Jerky on savorthis

Take it to go in... a Weck Deli Jar



Sriracha Cocoa Cashews by vrunka

Take it to go in... Clamped Weck Bowl:



How to Make Snack Mix Without a Recipe, Savory or Sweet by Sarah Jampel

Take it to go in... an Airtight Storage Container:

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Avocado and Marinated Kale Sandwich by fiveandspice

Take it to go in... a Denim Sandwich Wrap:



Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Tortas by foxeslovelemons

Take it to go in... one of our Structured Nylon & Leather Travel Coolers:



Almond Butter Buckeyes by Sarah Jampel

Take them to go in... a Cheese Paper bag:

cheese paper  cheese paper 


Hippie Crispy Treats by Alanna 

Take it to go in... a piece of Bee's Wrap:


Photos by Bobbi Lin, Mark Weinberg, James Ransom, and Rocky Luten. 

This post originally ran at the end of last summer, but we brought it back (and added in the best tools for each snack) to help you pack for all kinds of summer travel. 

What's your favorite snack to take on the road? Let us know in the comments. 

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Jo A. June 3, 2016
I love the Maverick backpack cooler but I did the math and if used at capacity with 50 cans it would weight in excess of 50 pounds. Doesn't look strong enough or ergonomic enough for that. Psst: Banana bread is the ultimate road trip food.
Kathryn W. June 11, 2016
I thought cans weighed 12 ounces each, that would be closer to 38 pounds, wouldn't it?
annette July 20, 2016
That is the volume of the contents. Not the same as weight, and even if it were (it's not) does not include the weight of the can itself.
Rachelle June 2, 2016
Love this! Definitely want to try the Hippie Crispy Bars. Also thank you for providing links to containers on your site - I'm detoxing from plastic storage containers and these are perfect :)
Karl April 23, 2015
These caramel oatmeal bars are really easy and fast to do. It is also easy to keep for a little longer and they are not sticky on your fingers :)
Judi C. April 22, 2015
Bran muffins? While traveling? Ummmm....
Leslie S. April 22, 2015
My mom always baked me bran muffins for my cross country flights back to college. I loved them—they're still my favorite hearty plane snack!