5 Tips for Packing Car-friendly Snacks


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Whether it's a long trip or a short one, good snacks can make the ride more enjoyable.
Whether it's a long trip or a short one, good snacks can make the ride more enjoyable.
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It's vacation -- loosen up! The trip is as much a part of the fun as reaching the destination. Don't become the parent who's so worried about nutrition, sticky messes and stains on the car seats that you spoil the ride for everyone. Buy some treats, maintain a secret stash and reward your kids for good behavior along the way. Pull out the goodies -- maybe something that takes some concentration to consume, like those little packages of cheese spread and crackers. Purchase and pack a few foods you wouldn't normally indulge in. Don't forget to buy goodies for the adults, too. You deserve a treat. Allow enough time to enjoy the ride. You'll make some memories by stopping along the road for ice cream or a visit to a farm stand.

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