Taking healthy snacks with you on a road trip is not only better for your health, but is less expensive and can save you time by not having to stop as much. What should you bring with you?Some foods are better for traveling than others. Choose things that are:

Finger-Friendly: Grabbing snacks with fingers is easier (and safer) if eating while driving. Trail mix, baby carrots, fruit/protein bars, and nuts and seeds are easy to eat going down the road and require zero preparation time. Create portions in small zip-lock bagsbefore leaving.

Don’t Need Peeling: Foods that need peeling like oranges and grapefruits are not good choices as they end up creating a sticky mess. However, apples, pears and grapes are great choices because they can stay whole. Eat the skin and get some additional nutrition.

Not Messy: Certain foods are messier to eat than others. For example, sunflower seeds still in the shell can mess up a car real fast as can cherries with the pit still in them. For kids, boxed juice drinks and squeezable yogurts work well.

Keeping Things Cold: If taking meat and cheese, and some fruits and vegetables, you will need to keep them cool. The most popular ways are a cooler with ice or a small electric refrigerator that plugs into your car’s power socket. Most travel frigs come with a power adapter so you can plug in once at your hotel for the night. The latter is less messy and time intensive because you are not always trying to keep things out of melted water and not draining off water and refilling with ice every day.

Controlling Trash: Be sure to bring along some larger zip-lock bags to put the accumulated trash in. Zip-locks work better in that things are not going to fall out of them after zipped and it reduces the smell of garbage in the vehicle.

With a little planning, it is not hard to pack healthy snacks before your road-trip. It reduces the consumption of unhealthy fast food and saves money, as well as saving time by reducing the number of times you have to stop to eat. With the abundance of healthy snacks available, there is no reason why a road trip should wreck your healthy eating plan.