Best Travel Snacks for Babies & Toddlers

The answer to eating healthy while traveling is quite simple. Plan and prepare delicious and healthy travel snacks to enjoy while en route or at your destination! Healthy eating while traveling can be a challenge. Now add a baby or two and it becomes almost impossible. It doesn’t have to be, though! I believe with a little planning and prepping before hand you can be well prepared while on the road, airplane, and doing all the things!

image courtesy of Amy Weinstein, BabyQuip Quality Provider in

Here is a list of eight travel snacks to have on hand while on-the-go that you can share with your little one (or not!) that are nutritionist approved. I am all about keeping it real in life and it is no different with my food! With that said, whole foods are always my go to—especially for the kiddos. They will help little bellies stay full longer, give them energy, and give their bodies the nutrients they needs to THRIVE!

1. String Cheese

girl eating travel snack - string cheese
image courtesy of Clara Trujillo, BabyQuip Quality Provider in Aspen

String cheese is always a good travel snack to have on hand, unless you cannot tolerate dairy. If that is the case, move to the third option. One serving provides 10-20% of the daily recommended calcium! Want a pig-in-the-blanket snack? Wrap a turkey or ham slice around half or the whole stick of string cheese. For a good clean brand that I approve of, click here. Pro tip: always aim for organic cheese and nitrate-free ham/turkey

2. Yogurt

baby eating messy travel snacks
image courtesy of Jamie Aguilar, BabyQuip Quality Provider in

Container yogurts are a bit messy for travel, but when packaged in baby pouches, this probiotic rich food is great for when you are on-the-go! Babies and toddlers can easily manage this delicious travel snack on their own which gives parents a few peaceful moments! Yogurt can supply a mix of healthy fat, fiber, and protein which will help you get full and stay full longer! I always recommend an organic brand—this is one I like!

3. Apples

mom helping baby with travel snacks
image courtesy of Sarah Huff, BabyQuip Quality Provider in Los Angeles

Full of fiber, antioxidants, nutrients, and water, apples are a great snack to enjoy alone or pair with any of the above snacks! Apples also contain prebiotics which provide healthy gut bacteria and decreases the population of harmful bacteria. This is why keeping it real and full of whole foods is so important!

4. Other fruit

baby eating fruit squeeze as a tasty travel snack
image courtesy of Courtney Humbard, BabyQuip Quality Provider in Portland

Knowing that I aim to eat as many fruits and vegetables in a day as possible, this one shouldn’t surprise you! Besides apples listed above, grapes, bananas, oranges, pre-cut watermelon, mango, etc. are great options. The list is endless, so don’t forget to grab your favorite fruits and pack them in your bag for a quick and easy travel snack! There are also many 100% fruit squeeze pouches for easy packing. Full of fiber, nutrients, water, and prebiotics, you can’t go wrong!

5. RXBar

baby licking fingers and yummy travel snacks
image courtesy of Joyce Law, BabyQuip Quality Provider in Vancouver

I usually don’t suggest protein bars, however, sometimes you just can’t help it, especially when you are traveling. If you are low on time and need to grab an easy travel snack for the road, RXBars are a perfect option. Not only are these bars yummy, they are full of fiber, protein, whole and clean ingredients! The fiber and protein help you stay full longer, and the healthy fat comes from nuts! You can find them in most local grocery stores or on Amazon!

6. Nuts

image courtesy of Meredith Macaluso, BabyQuip Quality Provider in Newport News

Since nuts have a high fat content, they are a good source of energy. This tasty snack can be easily packed in a baggie and carried in your bag for easy access. Nuts are a great substitute for any processed, bread, dessert or sugary snack. Pair this with a piece of fruit, and you have a snack full of fiber, healthy fat, protein, prebiotics and nutrients. For traveling, I like walnuts, pistachios, almonds and cashews.

7. Peanut butter sandwich

baby eating a peanut butter sandwich for healthy travel snack
image courtesy of Courtney Humbard, BabyQuip Quality Provider in Portland

Did you know that combining peanut butter and bread makes a complete protein? Yep, you get all 9 essential amino acids which helps to keep you fuller longer and the healthy fat in the peanut butter slows down digestion! It’s a win win! Sandwiches also easy travel snacks to prepare ahead of time and simple enough to eat on-the-go. Peanut butter and berries sandwich is one of my favorites, or you can add a sliced banana in the middle for some sweetness as well. The bread I recommend to my clients is Dave’s Killer Bread. If you haven’t tried it, you are missing out!

8. Water

travel water bottle
image courtesy of Ashley Anderson, BabyQuip Quality Provider on the Big Island

While not exactly considered a snack, another item that is a MUST while traveling is water. Having a hydroflask or reusable water bottle handy is essential to stay hydrated which will help eliminate toxins you may pick up while traveling. Hydrating also keeps your cravings at bay and will give you the energy you need to stay on top of your little ones and be able to enjoy your time as well

With a little planning and preparing you are able to include travel snacks that will give you energy and help you feel satisfied while on-the-go. If you love these tips follow me on Instagram and sign up for my newsletter to receive weekly recipes, tips and nutritional facts.

*Alexxis is passionate about helping families thrive by eating whole foods and balancing their busy schedules. Interested in learning more about her services? Check them out on her website!


  1. Karlie S

    February 18, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Snacks are the hardest when you’re on your way home from vacation. I always go to starbucks in the airport and get some organic snacks, chips and guac for the ride home.

  2. Aura Mandarino

    February 17, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Nice article, I have experienced nearly the same things!

  3. Shelly Campbell

    January 21, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Such useful Post!

  4. Jamie Dockson

    January 5, 2020 at 5:28 am

    Awesome post, thanks for the useful snack information.

  5. Shirley Guertin

    January 3, 2020 at 12:15 am

    I really appreciate this post. I have been looking all over for this! You’ve made my day! Thanks again.

  6. Laurel Waddell

    November 30, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    We like to visit Walmart instead of the drive thru when traveling. Not only do we get healthier options, but we also kill 2 birds with one stone by giving my son a chance to take a break from the car and stretch his legs. I’ll definitely keep these options in mind next time we hit the road!

  7. Jennifer

    June 23, 2019 at 9:56 am

    I’m a traveler. I like travelling with my family and this blog helped me a lot with what necessary foods i’l bring in the plane and upon traveling. Next month we will travel again. My friends recommend to bring with me bentilia because it’s easy to cook and it has a variety of pasta, nutritious for the children and of course suist to children’s taste buds.

  8. Mary Brice

    May 19, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Well We have no plans to travel anywhere this summer..Not yet anyway! But we will consider these snacks for kids. My son will love it.

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