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Family Travel Question:

Q | What travel snacks do you suggest for kids?

Travel snacks provide a great diversion during long car trips and flights. I like to start my kids out with healthy snacks and save some forbidden treats for the end of the trip when you need ‘em most!

A | Proper (and fun) snack food is key to travel success

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Planning the snack menu and packing food when traveling with children is essential to travel happiness–both yours and theirs. It’s important to be prepared for limited access or food availability when on the road or in the air, especially when your kids need it most, which could be anytime! If nursing a baby or feeding from the bottle, things are actually pretty easy. You’re likely used to carrying adequate (and extra) supplies with you–perhaps pack an extra bottle or package of formula if your trip is a lengthy one.

For toddlers and older children, packing a variety of favorite snacks, and including some special snack surprises, are key to success. Focus on your child’s own nutritional and favorite foods, and stay away from perishable or crushable foods that won’t survive if they end up at the bottom of your backpack (i.e. soft fruit, tuna sandwich). Some of our mainstays include: home-made cookies, granola bars, small cheddar crackers, cheese popcorn, dried meat sticks or jerky, cheerios or cereal, rice crackers, baby carrots and cut celery. Special snack surprises could include; chocolate bars or hard candy like skittles, M&Ms and lollipops (great for ear pain too). Also, when flying always pack an empty water bottle that you can fill after you’ve cleared security.

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