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5 Tips for Packing Car-friendly Snacks


Snacks can make a car trip fun -- but they can cause a mess, too. How should you pack your treats?
Snacks can make a car trip fun -- but they can cause a mess, too. How should you pack your treats?
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What's summer without a car trip? Whether it involves days in the SUV on a cross-country trek or an hour-long jaunt to the nearest amusement park, time on the road requires snacks to keep kids happy and parents sane. There's no better way to stop the endless sounding of "Are we there yet?" than silencing your little darlings with a tasty morsel.

Packing car-friendly snacks involves more than just filling the cooler with soda and grabbing some bags of chips and a few candy bars. Messy, sticky items are a no-no, along with foods that can give kids a sugar rush. Those quick bursts of energy are followed by an inevitable letdown and ill tempers. On the other hand, heavy, filling foods aren't the best choices when you're spending your day in a car seat.

In this article, we'll take a look at some tips for packing snacks that will keep you satisfied all the way to Wally World -- or even shuffling between baseball practice and piano lessons.