When you’re looking for fun and adventure, there’s nothing quite like a road trip to get you out and about. But as fun as these trips can be, packing snacks that stand long drives can be tricky, and stopping at every on-route along the way for a treat can be pricey. Unless you’re Guy Fieri in Guy’s All American Road Trip and hitting up some delicious destinations along the way, you’ll want to plan accordingly.
That’s why we’ve rounded up these tastiest recipes, which prove it’s the journey, not the destination, that really counts.
Take a regular old can of Spam to new road trip heights with this riff on a Hawaiian fave. You can whip up these parcels of sushi rice, caramelized Spam, and seaweed in less than an hour. They also happen to pack perfectly for a road trip since you eat them at room temperature.
TikTok Pasta Chips
Why pack chips when you can grab a bag of cheesy, seasoned pasta chips instead? Inspired by a TikTok trend, these rigatoni pasta chips come together in the air fryer and give that perfect, crunchy bite when you crave something salty while on the road.
Apricot Sesame Energy Bars
Sometimes being on the road for extended hours can feel like a slog. Re-energize with these flavourful bars that are packed with sesame, hemp, and dried apricots. They’re sweet, salty, and nut-free, which also makes them great for snacking on at any parks or attractions you happen to stop at along the way.
Spicy Plant-Based Jerky
Jerky is the ultimate road trip snack, but what can you munch on if you’re a vegan? Enter these vegan jerky sticks, which are made from meaty portabella mushrooms. Mix six simple ingredients for a spicy and filling twist on the classic snack, then prepare them in the oven or a dehydrator.
You don’t need a donut pan or a cupboard full of ingredients to fry up a couple of dozen of these treats. They’re golden and crispy on the outside but soft on the inside, offering a savoury take on your traditional car donuts.
Chocolate Tahini Sesame Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are nice, but sometimes you crave something a little different when you’re on a road trip. So why not reach for one of these next-level cookies, which are nutty, slightly bitter, and packed with chocolatey flavour? They’ll liven things up on the road, at any rate.
Buttery Bombay Sandwich
If you’re craving something hearty but full of crispy, summery flavours, reach for this take on one of India’s most beloved street foods. These vegetarian sandwiches are full of delicious veggies and refreshing cilantro mint chutney. They’re also versatile, and you can construct them to your own liking for the perfect grab-and-go snack.
Oatmeal Raisin Sandwich Cookies
Cookie sandwiches are always a fun treat—one that grownups and kids alike appreciate. We love this recipe because it combines the filling fibre of oatmeal with a protein-packed peanut butter filling. Of course, if you have allergies, you can make the cookies and eat them as-is, or sub in almond butter or wow butter instead.
Apple Pie Granola Bars
Apple pie on the go? There’s no better way to enjoy that comforting, cinnamon-filled flavour on the road than these delightful parcels of fall. It’s comfort food in an easy-to-eat square shape, plus you can customize them with whichever flavours you and your road friends crave.
Frosted Raspberry Hand Pies
Whoever said road trip food was boring must have never met these frosted raspberry hand pies, which are stuffed with fresh raspberries and apples. Their individually sized portions make them as easy to eat as they are delicious.