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Here’s a list of healthy, simple, and easy to store and carry travel foods for the family, including babies and toddlers. These plane or road trip meals and snacks will save you time and money while ensuring everyone gets good nutrition!

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Travel Food

Whether you are traveling by car or plane, going anywhere takes on a whole new meaning when you throw little ones into the mix.

I’m not the type to overpack, quite the opposite actually, but now that I’m a mom, even weekend trips look like we’re flying to the other side of the world. I see you nodding.

With everything you need to pack and get done prior to leaving, I hope this list of easy, nutritious, and less messy  foods will help ease your load!

With some planning ahead of time, you can rest easy knowing that your children will stay nourished and happy during the trip! You will be well prepared for when the hunger strikes. 

Not to mention you’ll save a ton of time and money by not having to purchase foods from the gas station, fast food restaurants, or airport.

And all these ideas are great not just for traveling, but also for playdates, picnics, and school lunch boxes.

Food Storage Essentials

  • Reusable containers – These bento boxes are great because they are already divided into compartments so there’s no need for extra sandwich bags or multiple containers. They are also lightweight and very sturdy. I recommend packing one for each of your family members.
  • Reusable bags – cute and inexpensive for travel.
  • Snack Catcher – I like to pack a big bag of dry cereal or puffs and I can easily fill into these cups. Can really help minimize mess, too.
  • Refillable water bottle – You will save so much money and it’s good for the environment. You can fill them up at gas stations, hotels, restaurants, airports, etc. This water bottle is our favorite for toddlers and kids.

The Ultimate Road Trip Food List (and the plane)

veggie nuggets with cantaloupe in bento box and cooked pasta with cheese in a small container.
Pictured: veggie nuggets, cantaloupe, cooked pasta, cheese

Here’s a list of best foods to pack! They are my less messy and easy-to-pick-up options. Be sure to modify the food size according to your child’s age and chewing ability.

Fruits

Vegetables

Muffin with vegetables and frozen edamame.
Pictured: banana carrot muffin, raw zucchini and bell pepper, frozen edamame

Raw

  • Bell peppers
  • Carrots
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes (quartered)
  • Cucumber

Tip: If you have time, try cutting them into fun shapes using cookie cutters. My toddler is much more prone to eat them this way vs. chopped or sliced. Perhaps yours may too!

Cooked

These are really great for babies, especially since the texture has to be soft. Root vegetables and winter squash are best for packing.

Protein

a lunchbox with omelette strips, freeze dried strawberries, roasted orange and purple sweet potatoes.
Pictured: vegetable omelette, roasted sweet potatoes, freeze dried strawberries
  • Peanut butter – individual packets are super convenient as it allows you to simply squeeze some right on top of raw veggies, bread, etc.
  • Nut butter
  • Nuts and seeds (trail mix is great)
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Tofu
  • Cheese
  • Squeezable yogurt tubes (tip: freeze them!)
  • Edamame (also add frozen!)
  • Milk Carton (yup. Freeze)
  • Individual portions of hummus
  • Beans
  • Cream cheese wedges
  • Canned seafood: I almost always take a can or two just in case. Mash and spread on top of toast or mix into pasta (definitely not for the plane!)
  • Shredded or diced chicken (here’s how to cook chicken perfectly every time!)

Grains

Cereal, crackers, pouch, cheese, and chestnuts.

I recommend whole grains whenever possible!

  • Bread
  • Cereal bars
  • Cooked pasta – If your child likes legume-based pasta, like chickpea and lentil, it’d be an easy way to boost protein and iron.
  • Granola bars
  • Dry Cereals
  • Crackers
  • Rice cakes
  • Sandwiches

Healthy Recipes

PBJ sandwich roll ups with sweet potatoes and vanilla wafers.
Pictured: sunflower butter and jelly sandwich roll ups, carrots, parsnips, vanilla wafers

All of these are easy to make and travel well! Combine these with any of the finger foods above for a healthy breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

A close up shot of sliced yogurt muffin.
5 from 57 votes

Healthy Yogurt Muffins

Light, fluffy, and incredibly moist, these whole wheat greek yogurt muffins are made with just a handful of ingredients and can be flavored in so many ways!
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A toddler's hand dipping one of the nuggets in beet hummus.
5 from 11 votes

Baked Veggie Nuggets

These baked veggie nuggets are an easy and fun way to get more vegetables into your child's diet! Made with four vegetables, they are perfect for lunch or snack!
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An overhead shot of sliced banana oat bars with sliced banana.
4.98 from 45 votes

Banana Oatmeal Bars

Soft and chewy, these healthy banana oatmeal bars are super easy to make with just a handful of pantry items. They're the perfect make-ahead, grab-n-go breakfast, snack, or dessert.
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A close up shot sliced muffin on toddler's hand.
5 from 76 votes

Healthy Carrot Banana Muffins

These banana carrot muffins are perfectly moist, healthy, and flavorful! Made with all natural ingredients, they are a great breakfast that even your baby and toddler can enjoy!
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A close up shot of the apricot balls with a bite taken out.
5 from 23 votes

Apricot Bliss Balls

Naturally-sweetened and easy to whip up, these healthy apricot balls make for a delicious and filling snack for kids and adults alike.
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A close up shot of bliss balls with a bite taken out of one on top.
4.97 from 32 votes

Peanut Butter Bliss Balls (High Protein)

5 ingredients are all you need to make these no-bake peanut butter bliss balls. Loaded with protein, healthy fats, and fiber, they are the perfect make-ahead snack.
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Four oatmeal balls with different add-ins.
5 from 37 votes

No-Bake Oatmeal Balls

These no bake oatmeal balls are made with just 5 wholesome ingredients and contain no added sugar. Enjoy as a healthy snack or treat any time of the day.
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tots plated on a white plate with toddler's hand dipping one into green hummus.
5 from 57 votes

Baked Sweet Potato Tots

These oven-baked sweet potato tots are made with just 4 ingredients and are a healthy snack or side dish for the entire family!
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Overhead shot of stacked balls on a plate.
5 from 9 votes

Carrot Balls

10 minutes and 5 ingredients are all you need to make these carrot balls! Packed with healthy fats, protein, and fiber, they are the perfect portable snack and a great way to get extra veggies into your child.
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a toddler's hand dunking the chickpea cakes in pizza hummus
4.98 from 43 votes

Chickpea Patties (gluten free)

These flavorful chickpea patties with quinoa are easy to make with simple pantry staples. Shape them into patties or even nuggets
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a lunchbox with omelette strips, freeze dried strawberries, roasted orange and purple sweet potatoes.
5 from 28 votes

Vegetable Omelette

Nutritious and easy to make, this baby-friendly omelette made with whatever veggies you have on hand is the perfect breakfast/snack for babies and toddlers!
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Three stacked cookies.
4.77 from 89 votes

Healthy Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies

These zucchini oatmeal cookies are so easy to make with wholesome, minimal ingredients and no added sugar!
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A close-up of muffins on a wire rack
5 from 160 votes

Healthy Blueberry Muffins for Babies

These blueberry baby muffins are sweetened with fruits only and loaded with nutrition! They're soft and moist, making them perfect for babies
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Stacked spinach pancakes on a white plate.
4.99 from 110 votes

Spinach Pancakes

These spinach pancakes are super easy to make with just a handful of wholesome ingredients. These dye free green pancakes are the perfect finger food for babies and toddlers, especially!
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baby friendly banana protein pancakes spread out on a blue plate with berries and peanut butter
5 from 34 votes

3 Ingredient Banana Oat Pancakes

Made in a blender with simple ingredients, these banana pancakes for babies and toddlers make for a delicious and filling snack or meal. Fluffy and moist, if you are looking for a baby led weaning pancakes recipe, this is it!
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A close up shot of baby French toast strips as well as bite-sized pieces on a parchment paper
4.90 from 19 votes

Savory French toast

This savory vegetable French toast or eggy bread is an EASY and fun way to use up leftovers. Suitable for babies 6 months and up!
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three stacked peanut butter waffles topped with banana and raspberries
5 from 26 votes

Vegetable Waffles with Peanut Butter

EASY to make, healthy peanut butter vegetable waffles for babies and kids! A great way to enjoy more protein, fat, and veggies for breakfast.
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five cooked beet pancakes with yogurt and peanut butter spread on top of two and a baby reaching for one pancake
5 from 25 votes

Beet Pancakes

Moist and fluffy, these egg-free beet pancakes are perfect for babies six months and up. Made with six ingredients all thrown into a blender, they're great to make with your toddler or older child.
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Three stacked bars.
4.96 from 43 votes

Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars

These pumpkin oatmeal bars are high in protein and low in sugar. Moist and packed with the flavors of fall, enjoy them as a delicious no fuss breakfast or snack!
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three sliced baked oatmeal stacked on top of each other
5 from 15 votes

Savory Baked Oatmeal with Vegetables

This savory baked oatmeal is so easy to make and a great way to enjoy vegetables for breakfast! Perfect for baby led weaning and lunchboxes.
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Spinach muffin with a bite taken out.
4.97 from 159 votes

Moist Spinach Muffins

These healthy spinach muffins with banana are fluffy and moist in texture and packed with nutrition. They are perfect for babies and kids.
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beetroot muffins on a wire rack with a spoonful of peanut butter, chickpeas in a bowl, and uncooked beetroot
4.95 from 113 votes

Healthy Beet Muffins for Babies

Made entirely with healthy ingredients, like beans, peanut butter, and no added sugar, these beet muffins can be enjoyed as breakfast, snack, or added to lunchboxes!
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four carrot oatmeal cookies stacked
5 from 159 votes

3 Ingredient Baby Cookies

3 ingredients are all you need to make these soft and delicious vegan banana oatmeal cookies. They are the perfect breakfast or snack for babies!
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three sweet potato cookies for babies stacked on a wooden board
4.99 from 69 votes

Healthy Sweet Potato Cookies

These super moist sweet potato cakes made with just 5 simple ingredients, including chickpeas, oats, and chia seeds, are perfect for babies and toddlers.
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three slices of banana date bread stacked on a wooden board
5 from 90 votes

Banana Date Bread

Soft and moist, this healthy banana bread is perfect for babies, toddlers, and adults! It's super EASY to make with minimal, nutritious ingredients.
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A close up shot of sliced bread.
4.98 from 40 votes

Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread

Made with healthy ingredients, this moist pumpkin banana bread has all the warm pumpkin flavor with just the right amount of sweetness.
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Stacked pancakes with slices cut out to show the inside.
5 from 25 votes

Strawberry banana pancakes

Made with simple, healthy ingredients, these strawberry banana pancakes are light, fluffy, and delicious! They contain no added sugar and are a delicious breakfast for the whole family!
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Baby Led Weaning Travel Food Ideas

Waffles, tofu, and sweet potatoes, and raspberries.
Pictured: vegetable waffles, tofu, sweet potatoes, raspberries

All of the above recipes are suitable for babies 6 months and up. And here’s a list of best finger foods and how to prepare them according to their age.

You may also be interested in this list of best first foods for baby.

Safety Tips

Two toddlers eating in the car trunk.
  • If you are on the road, be sure to make a short snack stop. It is dangerous for babies to eat in their carseats as they are not seated in the fully upright position. And eating in a moving car poses an even greater choking risk. Seat them on someone’s lap or a portable chair, like this one! It’s compact you can store the tray under the seat.
  • Be sure to cook and cut the foods appropriately so they are safe for babies.
  • This goes without saying, but avoid anything that could pose a choking risk.

Best Tips for Road Trip Food

  • This is not the time to try new foods! Stick with what you know your toddler likes and be sure to include their favorite foods. If you discover some foods that you think will travel well, try them several times prior to the trip.
  • Be sure to pack food in a cooler, especially during the summer months so everything stays nice and fresh! 
  • Place ice or freezer packs on TOP of the food rather than at the bottom.
  • Eat the most perishable foods first. For instance, eat berries before longer lasting foods, like unripe banana and apples.
  • Pack extra ice packs, and if you are traveling by car, purchase ice from a gas station as necessary.
  • Don’t forget to pack: anti-bacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, trash bags, ziplock bags, napkins, paper towels.
  • Limit the number of times you need to open the cooler. l highly encourage you to label the meals and snacks so you can easily locate them, adding ones that need to be eaten first at the top.

Tips for Packing Food for the Plane

toddler sitting on a stroller with dad carrying luggage and carseat strapped to his back
  • Anything liquid or spreadable (e.g. yogurt, milk, juice, hummus, sunflower butter) – Make sure it follows the 3-1-1 rule : Transfer each item to a 3.4 ounce or less container and place in a clear 1 quart sized bag. Each passenger gets 1 bag.
  • Here’s how to travel with baby food, breast milk, and formula.
  • All of the homemade travel food recipes I included above (minus the vegetable omelette) can last for a long time without refrigeration and can be enjoyed at room temperature. You can also freeze them and pack right before leaving for the airport.
  • For foods that need to be refrigerated but can travel safely for several hours, such as cheese, hard-boiled eggs, and yogurt tubes, it’s a good idea to eat them earlier on in the flight.
  • Limit peanut or other nut products. While they are allowed on planes, you just never know if any of your fellow passengers may be allergic.
  • Fruits and vegetables are prohibited if flying from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the U.S Virgin Islands to the United States mainland.
  • If you’re traveling abroad, check out my recap of our trip to Korea from when my son had just turned 2 years old.

Hope this was helpful! Happy Traveling. Now let’s go and make incredible memories with our loved ones!

About Min

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am Min, a Registered Dietitian, a Christ follower, a wife, and a mom to our two miracle babies! Currently, I’m having a ton of fun feeding their tummies and sharing our baby led weaning journey! Follow me on Instagram if interested in seeing daily menu as well as tips and tricks.

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