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Road Trip Snack Ideas for Kids

June 3, 2019

 

LONG DRIVES

Let’s say you’re in a car with your kids for multiple hours. Limiting the sugar will help keep your children on track, help their teeth, and keep them from being super hyper in the car. Some examples of snacks we recommend for road trips are:

  • Bananas
  • Slim Jim’s
  • Fruits
  • Sugar-free gum
  • Pop-corn snacks
  • Graham Crackers
  • Beef Jerky

Try to limit the sticky foods. Avoid fruit snacks when possible! We are seeing a rise in cavities between their teeth and this could be a result of these types of snacks. They can cause future decay if your child is not flossing.

SNACK PORTION CONTROL

Portion control is healthy for your child’s teeth and body. Any of the following snacks can be broken down to save money, or even bought as pre-packed serving sizes. There are even snack sized bags that are smaller than sandwich bags that are perfect for portion control. You can also buy some cute snack pack reusable containers. Pre-packaged items would include:

  • Pre-portioned 20 pack of Chips-A-Hoy or Teddy Grahams
  • Lunchables work great, too. Make your own lunchables at home.
  • Goldfish
  • Grapes (keep in a cooler with cheeses, fruits, and drinks)
  • Pretzels
  • Cheeses
  • Almonds

The more prepared you are, the better you will be able to control what your child is eating.

FUN TRAVEL TIPS

  • Between the Seat (USB charger for additional charging ports)
  • Wet wipes
  • Bathroom sized trash bags
  • Fun activities (Rubik’s Cube, books, Card games, Grab and Go Games: Connect Four, Clue, Battle Ship)
  • Crayola Create and Color set (avoid crayons, they melt)

ORAL HEALTH ON THE ROAD
If you’re prepared with the snacks that you need for the trip, you will help your child’s oral hygiene as well as keeping their “grazing” habits under control. Set times for snacks to avoid over eating from boredom. Try to stay on track with your child’s brushing routine.

Need more tips and tricks for oral care? Check out the rest of our blog.

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