What is a road trip without the wind playing with your hair, nostalgic music blaring from the stereo, and… snacks? Now, you could buy delicious vegan snacks on the go, but it can be hard to find good vegan road trip snacks. Trust me, you do not want to take that risk.
So, with this in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best plant based road trip snacks for your next adventure. You can either stock up on them before you go, buy them at stores, or even cook them yourself!
Don’t worry, this article will guide you through everything.
Let’s dig in!
The Best Vegan Road Trip Snacks To Pack on Your Next Trip
Here is a selection of our absolute favorites. The best vegan travel snacks, if you will:
Trail Mix, Chips, Nuts, and Legumes
Vegan snacks that are healthy and yummy? Yes, please! These are some of the best road trip snacks for any journey, because they are light, easy to store, and packed with nutrition.
They contain proteins, vitamins, and minerals, and give you a much needed energy boost so you don’t miss a single second of your trip. Here are some of the best vegan snacks that I personally recommend:
A crunchy and healthy plant based road trip snack with low sugar and low fat. High in protein and dietary fibers, and they come in 13 delicious flavors…BOOM!
Gluten-free vegan snacks that are good for your taste buds and the Earth! Light and crunchy, they are a great alternative to potato chips.
Roasted and lightly salted, these pistachios are an easy snack to pack. They’re also nutritious and come in resealable airtight bags. Perfect vegan road trip food!
This keto and paleo-friendly trail mix is packed with protein and made from the best dried fruits, whole nuts, and seeds.
Crunchy and delicious brussels sprouts. Healthy road trip snacks that you kids will love eating. No, really!
This is a power snack that combines the antioxidant properties of goji berries with mineral-rich cacao. A great addition to your arsenal of vegan travel snacks.
A crunchy and wholesome snack that lets you eat better and feel better. If you are someone who loves tortilla chips, you are going to love these salty snacks!
Granola, Fruit, and Protein Bars
I consider energy bars (whether they’re granola bars or protein bars) to be vegan road trip essentials.
These healthy vegan snacks are filled with ingredients that, unsurprisingly, give you an instant energy boost. They’re also delicious and versatile, and can be eaten as an alternative to other vegan food that may not be quite as convenient to take with you on the road.
Sometimes, when on the go, vegan road trip restaurants may be few and far between. On journeys where this is the case, these energy bars will definitely come in handy!
Below are some of my personal recommendations:
Made with freshly ground raw peanut butter and fresh fruit, these bars are dairy free and do not contain artificial sugars. They do, however, contain dark chocolate…and peanut butter.
I did mention peanut butter, didn’t I? Dig in!
These soft-baked fig bars are delicious and come in 10 different flavors for you to tuck in to! I mean, who doesn’t like to eat simple whole foods as delicious snacks?
Available in 10 flavors, these gluten-free snacks are made using fresh ingredients from Mediterranean fields. They’ve got carrot sticks, dried fruit, and even their very own trail mix! These beauties make for very healthy snacks.
If you want some variety, another option is to buy yourself some pre packaged snack boxes.
These uber convenient packages contain an assortment of healthy vegan snacks for you to munch on. We love ‘em so much, we even compiled a list of the best vegan snack boxes currently on the market.
Go check it out!
This box of 30 great vegan snacks will take care of all your snacking needs on your road trips! It contains a mix of sweet as well as salty snacks, perfect for everyone’s palate.
Treat your taste buds with these easy vegan snacks. All of them are gluten and dairy free, and are low in artificial sugar.
This vegan road trip snack box contains 2 packets of each variety of high-fiber snacks, and there are 10 flavors for you to enjoy! You get healthy food such as dried fruit, mixed nuts, and healthy vegetables to snack on.
Vegan Gas Station Snacks
Maybe you are someone who doesn’t like the hassle of packing snacks before heading out for your road trip. Or maybe you did pack some healthy vegan snacks, but they… um… went missing (don’t worry, nobody here’s judging you for being a snack monster).
Now you are stuck in your car, snackless and hungry. You see a gas station in the distance, and you heave a sigh of relief.
Or wait.. do you?
Do gas stations even have vegan snacks? Yes, they do!
Here are some you can find easily!
Surprised to find that this is actually vegan? Perfect candy to munch on while you drive. Or relax in the passenger seat. You can easily pick them up at almost any gas station or grocery store.
Turn your road trip into a real-life movie with this popcorn. But keep in mind that only the Original and White Cheddar varieties are vegan.
Tasty, nutritious, vegan, and gives you an energy boost. What more could you ask for?
That’s right. These gas station staples are vegan, too. Well, except for the Honey Wheat flavor. Enjoy!
Hot Vegan Food On The Go: Cooking On The Road
If your road trip is anything more than a couple of days long, then sustaining yourself on store-bought snacks and dinners alone simply isn’t going to cut it.
What if you want to create your own homemade trail mix? Or some healthy food with fresh fruits and fresh vegetables?
In such cases, not only is cooking on the road possible, it’s way better for you. You can even make your own veggie burgers! That being said, you will need to take some kit with you.
Check out the following list to see what you need to create healthy, tasty vegan road trip meals whilst away from your kitchen.
Made of alloy steel and metal, this portable dual fuel stove gives you the choice to use either butane or propane fuel. However, you must note that fuel will not be included when you purchase this product, so make sure you sort out your fuel source before you leave home.
It comes with an automatic piezo electric ignition, which means you don’t need to carry around lighters or matches to ignite this stove, and its adjustable heat dial also makes it incredibly easy to use.
It has a built-in cartridge ejection system, and will automatically eject the butane fuel cartridge if it detects any abnormalities in pressure. Its automatic safety shut off device also switches off the gas if the pressure is irregular.
Finally, it comes with a carrying case, making it easy for you to take it on your trip! An essential device to make plant based food on road trips.
- Easy to carry
- Dual fuel compatible
- Doesn’t need a lighter or matches to ignite
- Safety mechanisms
- You will need to bring your own fuel canisters
- Butane doesn’t work very well when it’s cold
This cooking set comes with 21 stainless steel utensils including pots, pans, plates, spatula, a cutting board, and even a dish drying rack! Everything you need to make a healthy meal for you and your road trip buddies.
They are strong and scratch-proof, so you don’t have to worry too much about damaging them while you’re on the go. All the utensils in the kit nest together, too, so it’s great for space-saving!
The kit is also easy to clean, making it the perfect companion on your road trip.
- Durable and scratch-proof
- Easy to use
- Doesn’t take up a lot of space
- Easy to clean
- Can be used over a wood fire
- Plates and bowls are a bit small
- Very noisy if you don’t pack everything up properly
This 11 piece kitchen utensil set contains all the cutlery you need. Made from high quality stainless steel, the cutlery set is durable and dishwasher safe.
The set comes in a portable backpack with separate pouches for each utensil. This makes them easy to carry, and also makes sure that they won’t get damaged while travelling.
The backpack comes with a secure zip seal and is made using tough woven cotton, so your utensils will be protected if you happen to drop it.
- Durable cutlery made from stainless steel
- Comes in a portable backpack, making it easy to carry
- Easy to clean, dishwasher safe
- Tongs are very short
- Some plastic items (such as the spatula) seem to be cheap
After cooking comes the serving! While some cooking kits like the Portable Cookware from Stanley come with plates, most do not.
And what if you wanted to enjoy some wine with your delicious vegan food? You’re going to need something to drink it out of, right? (Okay, maybe not you, Steve!)
I have a great recommendation below for all your serving needs. All you have to do is find a nice spot, sit back, and enjoy. Well, after you cook, of course.
Perfect for an entire family, this all-in-one backpack comes with everything you might need- a set of plates, stainless steel flatware, cutting board, a knife, and even wine glasses!
It also has napkins and a blanket that you can simply spread out to dine on.
The backpack comes with an insulated food compartment and an insulated wine holder. Its best feature is a detachable waterproof cooler pouch which you can use to keep your white wine nice and chilled.
- Easy to carry and use
- Dishwasher safe utensils
- Detachable wine cooler
- Insulated compartment for food and wine
- The plates are made of melamine, which isn’t ideal
Cooking while on a road trip is all well and good, but where do you store your ingredients? And your food (if you prefer cooking once for the entire day and storing the rest)?
These items come to your rescue!
These are a set of 1-compartment containers that allow you to store your food, ingredients, or even your road trip snacks. You get a set of 10 trays and 10 lids, and all of them nest together to make the entire set compact and easy to carry.
These meal prep sets are reusable, durable, and BPA-free. They are spacious enough to hold a decent portion of vegan food.
Overall, this set could be considered one of your road trip essentials if you’re going to be away for long periods of time.
- Reusable and durable
- Trays and lids nest together, so they are easy to carry
- Hold plenty of food
- The material could be thicker
Made from matte steel, this is a whopping 47 ounce vacuum insulated food jar.
It comes with two inserts, and will keep your food hot or cold, according to what you need. Perfect for when you want to prepare food beforehand and store it for later.
Even after hours have passed, it’ll keep your food fresh.
The container is durable and holds a decent amount of food, and the wide mouth makes filling it up or taking it out easier. Built to be leak-proof, the container remains cool to the touch while storing hot food inside, and is sweat-free when storing cold foods.
- Durable stainless steel construction
- Holds temperate very well
- Wide mouth
- The cups are made of plastic
- Despite being leak-proof, it’s still best kept vertical
This portable fridge is large enough to store around 60 bottles of beer, so you can refrigerate pretty much all your food in one go. You can even prepare food beforehand and store it all in this fridge!
It has a dedicated freezer container, so you can compartmentalize your food and drinks. It is fast-cooling and lets you control the temperature settings via an LCD screen.
Thankfully, it makes minimal noise, so you won’t be disturbed by it on the road, and its anti-slip mat makes sure it can handle even rugged terrains. The adapter comes with a built-in ceramic fuse to prevent short-circuits.
- Large enough to take care of all your storage needs
- Has a fridge + freezer
- Anti-slip mat design
- Makes minimal noise
- Fast cooling
- Adapter has a built-in fuse
- Sturdy handle
- Lid latch is a bit loose
This large cooler bag has a capacity of nearly 8.4 gallons, which makes it an ideal travel companion. It’s insulated, and the inner lining is made of a waterproof, high-density material. However, despite being labelled as leak-proof, some have found it to be anything but.
The exterior is made from a thick cloth which is resistant to wear and tear. It has a long-term cooling capacity, which means your food and drinks will stay cold for up to 12 hours.
It comes with a shoulder strap as well as a padded handle, giving you multiple ways to carry it easily. When not in use, it can be collapsed into a tiny package.
- Very large
- Keeps food and drinks cool for a long time
- Not as leak-proof as advertized
With this, we reach the end of my recommendations for vegan roadtrip snacks and all the essentials you need to cook vegan meals on the go.
Remember, though, always choose the products best suited to your needs.
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About The Author:
Rupali Jeganathan, a passionate environmentalist, has over 5 years of writing experience under her belt.
Being an enthusiastic and happy vegan herself, she is always looking for ways to share tips and information with others who share the same lifestyle.