Healthy Road Trip Snacks

Even if you’re not a calorie conscious person, it is wise to keep away from the chocolate bars and ice cream sodas, as the intake of sugar in these products can make you drowsy. The next few lines will throw light on healthy snacks that are favorable on a road trip.

Fruits and Vegetables
On any road trip, a fair share of fruits such as bananas, apples, grapes, and oranges are a great way to fight hunger. You can have these fruits either whole or opt for a fruit salad. In case you decide to carry fruit salad on your road trip, see to it that it’s kept in a little ice box. You can also dice fruits and vegetables and make your favorite dips. Carrot sticks and cherry tomatoes too make a great snack. Carrying a small pocket knife always comes in handy during a road trip.

Snacks at Restaurants
If you haven’t packed healthy snacks for your road trip and want to stop for a quick bite, you can order an omelet stuffed with vegetables and accompanied with brown bread. If you have a sweet tooth, you could choose a muffin which has a good nutritional value. A glass of fresh fruit juice adds to the fiber and vitamin quotient. You can also choose whole wheat toast with some peanut butter. For all you potato lovers, baked potato chips are a good option instead of the greasy deep-fried ones. Sandwiches with spinach and low-fat cheese are another great option. Make sure you order whole wheat bread for your sandwiches. For those who cannot resist chicken, preferably opt for the baked variety, rather than the fried ones.

Dry Fruits
These are a great snack on a long road trip. Dry fruits and nuts are a great combination for any road trip, be it any place. You can pack a whole variety of raisins along with almonds, walnuts, and pecans to add that tangy flavor to your appetite. See to it that you consume these in small proportions, rather than all at one go, as too much of anything can cause stomach upsets.

Cookies
These are a favorite with children on road trips. Keep in mind the type of cookies that you take along. Avoid gooey cookies that can mess up the interiors of the car. Dry cookies are a safe option when it comes to road trips. You can choose walnut and almond cookies or the ones with chocolate chips, depending on the preferences of your children. Cookies made from oat are another great option for any road trip.

During a road trip make sure that you consume a lot of water to avoid dehydration. Scoops of yogurt and fresh fruit juice along the way are a refreshing way to beat the heat. Packing a healthy snack on a road trip doesn’t mean cramming in snacks that could serve an entire generation. Pack the required amount of snacks that you will need for that specific trip and enjoy the memorable experience.

Games for a Road Trip

A road trip is always associated with excitement. But sometimes, traveling by road can be painful, with kids getting bored and start nagging. People also have a tendency to doze off during a road trip by car, making others feel sleepy. There are many technological toys like video games and DVD players that can ward off boredom. But, as there is no social interaction involved, there is a possibility of getting bored with these options too. In such a situation, there is nothing better than a good game! Here are some car games that can add to the fun quotient of your trip. Such games for a road trip can make traveling lively for kids as well as for adults. Let us go through some popular games, which can be incorporated in your road trip.

  • License Plate Games: In order to play this game, you need some paper and pens. If you have five members, everybody should write some random numbers and alphabets on their paper. You can cross a number or an alphabet, whenever you see the same on the license plate of a passing vehicle. The first person to complete the task will be the winner. Another game is making words out of the alphabets written on the license plates of the first five vehicles you see. The person, who makes the maximum number of words, within a stipulated time will be the winner. Alternatively, you can play a different game by jotting down the numbers of vehicles. Each one can write five different numbers by taking turns, so that there is no repetition. Then each one has to add the numbers and the person with the highest total score will be the winner.
  • Alphabet Games: This is one of the popular games for a road trip. A member starts with a letter. Each player has to subsequently add an alphabet, so as to form a meaningful new word. Another way to play with alphabets is to assign each person with one alphabet, and ask them to write the maximum number of words starting with that alphabet, within a given time. The member who comes up with the maximum number of words will win. You can also play a memory game with alphabets. The first person has to start with a word beginning with ‘A’. The next person has to recall the first word and add a new word beginning with ‘B’. Successive players have to remember and recall all the words from the beginning, adding a new word each time. The one who fails to remember the previous words will be out of the game.
  • Who Am I: In this game, each player is supposed to give clues about a particular person (can be your neighbor, relative or a celebrity) and others have to recognize him/her. This is an interesting as well as informative game.
    Geography Game: This game can be played with the names of various places in the world. One member can start with a particular place, say, Sydney. The next person has to come up with a name, starting from the last alphabet of the word Sydney – ‘Y’. The same process continues, till someone fails. You cannot repeat the name of a place. You can also play using names of movies, celebrities, animals, etc.
  • I Spy: This is another popular road game, where you have to select a particular object or thing in the car and give clues to the others about the same. Other members have to recognize it. Preferably, always choose something in the visual range of all the members.
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors: This action-oriented game is very popular among kids. In this game, the players put both hands behind their backs. Then, they bring out a hand in any one of the following actions: clenched fist (meaning a rock), flat hand (meaning paper) or a V-shaped first and middle finger (meaning scissors). The meaning of these actions are as follows: A scissor can cut a paper, a paper can cover a rock and a rock can beat a scissor. If there are two players, they have to show closed fists (rock) in the first two rounds. From the third round, they can show any one of the three actions described – rock, paper or scissors, and play according to the meanings mentioned above. If both payers choose the same gesture, there will be a tie and one more chance will be given, to select the winner.
  • Treasure Bottle: This game needs a little preparation before embarking on a road trip. Take transparent plastic containers with lids. Fill 3/4th of the container with rice and add some small ‘treasures’ like, buttons, bolts, logos, etc. Count the treasures and write the number on the lid. Now you are ready for the game. The players need to roll the container and find out the treasures. This game can be made more exciting, by keeping some small gifts along with the other things.

Besides the above mentioned games, you can always resort to playing card tricks, mad libs, magnetic versions of board games like chess, art kits, etc. Games are a welcome change and can make a boring road trip fun-filled. Even if some of the games are meant mainly for kids, adults can also participate in them and enjoy. So, the next time you go for a road trip, do remember to plan some games. They will definitely add some zing to your road trip!