25 Easy to Pack Travel Snacks

alpha-2In our family, there is meal time, and there is snack time, and it often feels more importance is given to the latter. We have found that nothing satisfies a child (or adult) on the verge of a meltdown more than a quality snack. Here are some of our favorite choices for snacks on the go. Some of these work best if you have a cooler and don’t have to deal with TSA, others work well with any mode of transportation. Hopefully, even the pickiest of eaters and most food allergy sufferers will find something to satisfy them on this list.

Easy to Pack Travel Snacks

1.  Frozen grapes

2.  Cheese sticks (aka string cheese)

3.  Pretzels

4.  Vanilla wafers

5.  Pita chips and hummus

6.  Beef jerky

7.  Carrots

8.  Drinkable yogurt or chocolate milk

9.  Dried fruit – cranberries, apricots, bananas, apples, or raisins (but not the yogurt covered kind, they melt in little hands)

10. An apple

11. Sunflower seeds (shelled), pumpkin seeds, almonds, or nuts (if no allergies)

12. Granola bar

13. Squeezable fruit pouches

14. Frozen yogurt in a tube

15. Animal crackers

16. Terra vegetable chips

17. Sugar snap peas

18. Graham crackers

19. Bagel thins with your favorite nut butter or cream cheese (Our son has a peanut/tree nut allergy, so we travel with these all the time. They come in very handy if they need to be used as a meal replacement).

20. Your favorite dry cereal

21. Rice cakes

22. Veggie Straws

23. Fruit leather

24. Pirate’s Booty Cheddar Puffs (I prefer this to popcorn, because it’s not as messy)

25. Your favorite crackers

Always bring hand wipes to clean hands before and after and in case of spills. Did I miss anything? What’s your favorite travel snack?

12 Tips to Prevent Jet Lag

Packing Tips!One of the reasons parents hesitate to take long plane journeys with their children has to do with not only the plane ride (and the cost), but also dealing with the unknown when it comes to adjusting to jet lag. Over the years, we have learned many tricks to make the adjustment easier for everyone in the family. We feel it is much easier to fly from east to west, when the only significant change we make is keeping the kids up to their typical bed time on the local clock. When you fly from west to east, things can get more complicated, so here are some quick tips to help prevent jet lag (and potential meltdowns) on your next adventure.

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20 Awesome Road Trip Activities For Kids

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A summer road trip is a right of passage for many American families. It is a time for families to spend hours on end enjoying one another’s company, playing games, seeing new sights, and creating memories. Some people might see it this way, but for me, it’s like nails on a chalkboard. It is an endless journey of complaining, hungry, tired children, who expect me to perform miracles of making the car drive faster and entertain them with every trick I know. Honestly, this is not how I want to travel. My husband however, loves road trips. We usually end up making at least one road trip each year and have learned many things along the way. The longest car ride was from Chicago to San Antonio, and I have sworn I will never, ever, travel that far in a car with three children again. I am sure the kids enjoyed the vacation, but it was a LONG trip and I certainly needed my own vacation once we returned. Continue reading

12 Best Travel Apps to Take on Vacation

12 Travel AppsWhen I think back on my first trip abroad, I am amazed I even survived. There were no cell phones (we used calling cards), no e-mail (snail mail had to suffice), no fancy translators (I had to use phrasebooks and fancy hand signals to communicate), and I had to read paper maps! Travel today is delightful compared to twenty years ago, but we have become more dependent on technology as we travel the globe. I hate to think what would happen if we ever lost our phones on vacation, but I know the apps we have found help us on every step of our journey, and we would truly be lost without them!

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