This week, as I was beginning to get things organized and scheduled for the fall, I got an email from a friend about taking a last-minute trip to the beach with the kids. Our husbands are both back at work. She has three girls; I have a 4 yr old girl and a 2 yr old boy, who has lots of fun playing all the creative games big girls come up with. It was bound to be fun. But, driving two and a half hours away for a trip with little ones can easily mean spending unnecessary dollars on treats and snacks along the way.
We like to eat healthy. But, I have grown to be okay with vacation and special trip exceptions. It happens and it’s fine. But, I do like bringing relatively healthy options when it’s possible. So, since I could keep either a bag or a cooler in the air conditioned car, here are some of the things we packed for our last minute quick trip to the beach.
I packed apples, bananas, blueberries and raspberries. All of these are easy to eat while traveling and do well in a cooler or right next to the air conditioning vents.
Snacks From Bulk Section
I like getting snacks from the bulk section for a couple of reasons. First, we can taste them to make sure we like them before committing. Second, it’s not like buying an entire package of something. So, you can be particular about type and amount and save money that way. So, we bought a few ginger snap cookies, some date-chocolate-almond-and-other-nuts-and-seeds type “energy” snack that my children love, dark chocolate covered almonds and salted cashews. I feel great about them eating all these snacks and they LOVE them! It’s a great combination!
Boxed Crackers and Chips
I generally stay away from these kinds of items. However, they were on sale and they are either gluten-free or organic. So, they are slightly better than their counterparts…and, they are my last-ditch-effort snacks when I’m on a long trip with the kiddos. When all else fails, tears stop and tantrums end when crackers and chips are present. When I’m driving on a busy highway and my children are melting down, I am not trying to use my best parenting seminar tools; I’m simply surviving. These kind of snacks help. A lot. Thankfully, we didn’t really “need” them on this trip! 🙂
I should have taken pictures BEFORE the trip. Instead, all I have is a picture of our leftover snacks. But, you get the picture (literally). 😉
What do you pack for last minute quick trips?
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