Travel Snacks for Babies and Toddlers

Here are some great ideas for travel snacks for babies and toddlers!

Whether we’ve gone for a long walk, traveled by car, bus, train or plane, food and drink for the journey has always been a big part of the planning.

Travel Snacks for Babies and Toddlers

When I was breastfeeding, of course this was so much easier but after weaning Miss M and her moving on to solid food, we had to think more about what to pack in the nappy bag when we were out and about.

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Some of our favourite travel snacks for babies and toddlers

The first thing I did was buy a little cooler bag to store her food and drinks – apart from keeping the temperature down, it also meant everything was in an easy to reach place.  In here I could fit her lunch, fruit, snacks and drinks.

Now Miss M eats pretty much what we eat, I don’t always take the cooler bag but I do always take a selection of snacks in the nappy bag – these are to keep her hydrated and happy in between meals and let’s face it – appease her from throwing the odd tantrum!  We try and give her the healthiest snacks and food possible but we’re also a bit relaxed occasionally and it isn’t always easy to keep fresh food ‘fresh’ when you’re on the go.  We mix fresh and packaged snacks – here are our favourites for when we’re out and about.  This post contains affiliate links.:

1.  Fruit and vegetables

Grapes and bananas are Miss M’s favourite fruits – these are the two she asks for the most – ‘bapes’ and ‘nanas’.  They both ‘travel’ well and aren’t too messy as long as we have wipes at the ready to clean up sticky fingers and faces afterwards.  The only problem for me is that I loath the smell of banana – ah, the things we do for our babies!  Vegetables take a bit more forward planning as we chop they up in advance rather than pack a knife in the nappy bag!  We like to take chopped carrots, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes for shorter journeys or picnics.

2.  Rice cakes and fruit puffs

A firm favourite since Miss M was 6 months old – not too messy either – well unless you let half-chewed ones stick to your clothes and dry, then there’s no shifting them.  Another plus is that unless they’re banana flavoured, mummy quite likes these too :)

3.  Raisins

Ooh I’m sure she could eat these all day.  They’re sweet and healthy and again, not much mess involved which is so important for travelling.  We never give her food or drink when she’s in the car but when we stop off along the journey, they’re always handy to have.  We also sometimes give her raisins or grapes in restaurants when we’re waiting for our food.  On that note, I’ve found always having a colouring book and crayons in the nappy bag is a life saver for times like that as she loves to scribble or gets us to draw her things.

4.  Biscuits

Now ‘biskies’ actually incorporates many snacks – fruit bars, bread sticks and of course actual biscuits.  We save these more for special occasions because I think she’s picked up Mummy AND Daddy’s sweet tooth.  Organix Fruit Bars and some of her faves.

5.  Yogurt and cheese

Miss M LOVES yogurt – although she calls it ‘milk’ :)  She’s been on whole milk since 12 months. In the morning and before bed we also give her cheese (‘tees’) and yogurt in the day time too.  Generally she has a cheese string with her lunch and a yogurt after her dinner, either a pot or pouch.

Pouches for travelling are awesome. She’s been able to suck them up herself for over a year. Which is very handy so we can get on with our own food. Again, they’re fuss free and she rarely spills them. We pop the top back on and either bin them or store in the nappy bag until we’re near home.  She loves all the Ella’s Kitchen yogurt pouches.  They also can be stored at room temperature so are find to keep in your nappy bag.  Recently, we’ve given her fruit juice and flavoured coconut water for an occasional treat.

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What do your little ones snack on when you’re travelling?  I’d love to hear your ideas for snacks on-the-go too!


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  1. hannah mum's days
    6th February 2015 / 7:34 am

    Food is a life-saver here (for the obvious reasons but also for saving my sanity while travelling!!) – R is a big bread fan, so I’ll also make up little sandwiches or toast for him :)

    Thanks for linking up to #TheList love xxx

    • 6th February 2015 / 10:27 am

      Oh yes, here too – the ultimate bribe these days argh! :)

  2. 31st January 2015 / 10:07 pm

    We tend to get all of the above. However our daughter also loves olives and gherkins.

  3. 30th January 2015 / 11:55 pm

    We are huge fans of Ella’s kitchen, even my 10yr old loves the raspberry puffs.

    • 5th February 2015 / 11:31 am

      They have such a yummy range, don’t they! :)

  4. 30th January 2015 / 10:07 pm

    Great snack idea’s. My toddler is a fussy little bugger at the moment so I need all the help I can get! x #TheList

    • 5th February 2015 / 11:31 am

      Thanks Louise and I hope they help! :)

  5. 30th January 2015 / 2:20 pm

    Great suggestions, it’s sometimes so easy to pick up the rice cakes when I need to rush out the door. But there are so many other easy snacks for variation like the fruits and vegetables, and I really like the idea of having a small cooler bag to store it in so it’s nice and fresh. Lovely post! #TheList

    • 5th February 2015 / 11:30 am

      Thanks so much and glad they helped! :)

  6. 25th January 2015 / 10:07 pm

    Great ideas. We have a wedding to go to in a few months, which is miles away from us. So there will be many of these snacks in the car. xx

    • 5th February 2015 / 11:30 am

      Oh yes – long journeys can be very stressful can’t they – hope it goes well! :)

  7. 21st January 2015 / 7:03 am

    Breadsticks are the most used as the stay in the nappy bag and don’t require much preparation. Other items we use a lot are cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, boiled egg, etc. We’ve recently started taking more leftover pastas and stirfrys as a lot of places seem to have a microwave.

    • 22nd January 2015 / 9:32 am

      They’re so easy to carry around aren’t they and keep them busy munching for a while :)

  8. 17th January 2015 / 9:42 pm

    Mainly my little one is having crisps, rice cakes, yoghurts, banana and crackers. I have actually never tried out the kiddylicous or ela range. He is probably too old now for it? (2 1/2)

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:31 pm

      Mine is 22 months and doesn’t have the meal pouches but the yogurt.smoothie ones are still firm favourites! They’re so easy to keep in the nappy bag when we’re out and about as don’t have to be chilled and easy for no mess and throwing away! :)

  9. 2nd January 2015 / 9:38 pm

    Some good ideas here, it’s so easy to just chuck in a pack of rice cakes and although they’re not that unhealthy I should make more of an effort to make a little tub of fruit. Love the Ellas kitchen pouches too! Cosco do them in bulk a bit cheaper. Cheers for these ideas!

    • 7th January 2015 / 2:22 pm

      Thanks so much! Ooh I will have to check our Costco as Ella’s Kitchen pouches are a firm favourite in our household, thanks :)

  10. 18th December 2014 / 5:21 pm

    Great suggestions!! I always have things like bags of baby crisps or rice cakes in the house to chuck in his bag for days out ‘just in case’ – I also pack things like toast with cheese spread on them and little sandwiches. And always fruit. Loves the stuff!! An apple can buy you about half an hour too :)

    Thanks for linking up to #Thelist! Hope you’ve had a good week xxx

    • 19th December 2014 / 2:41 pm

      Ha that’s so true – slow-eating foods are life savers for mummies :)

  11. 12th December 2014 / 12:33 pm

    I am terrible at thinking of snacks for Elsa. She loves those Organix fruity bars, raisins and yogurt covered fruit bits. She also has mini biscuits (like chocolate fingers- bad mummy!) or a yogurt pouch. I don’t give her a lot of fresh stuff when we are out and about but she is a big fan of clemtines and satsumas at the moment so I’ve started packing one of those. I find snacktime easier to deal with at home when she can sit in her highchair and make a mess! #TheList

    • 19th December 2014 / 2:38 pm

      Ha we have the ‘occasional’ chocolate finger too – oh my word they make a mess! :)

  12. 1st December 2014 / 1:18 pm

    Ooh yes a lot of these are very familiar, food has always been a huge consideration for us when we go out too, food and sleep are the two keys to baby/toddler happiness in my experience! #sundayroundup

    • 3rd December 2014 / 3:27 pm

      I completely agree – get those two right and you’re a happy mummy :) Actually, food and sleep are two of the most important things in my life too :)

  13. 30th November 2014 / 9:06 pm

    I tend to buy bannanas when travelling always a bad idea! They dont get eaten and I end up squishing them etc. We usually go unhealthy when travelling biscuits oh dear dont tell the snack police! I find raisins are a good shout cant take them ages to get them out the box and when they do if they havent spilled them they do not make so much mess unlike some other fruits! Thanks for joining up With the Sunday Round up!

    • 3rd December 2014 / 3:28 pm

      Ha ha I bet – those bananas get everywhere! Miss M LOVES them and I can’t stand the smell and texture – not a good combination for travelling. I won’t tell the snack police on you if you don’t on me – biscuits play a big part in our household too :) :)

  14. 30th November 2014 / 1:48 pm

    Lovely healthy snack ideas. I swear that Spiderbaby will actually turn into a raisin at some point soon!! She also loves it if I take a bite of an apple and she can chew on the rest of it, keeps her quiet for ages that one!!! x

    • 3rd December 2014 / 3:26 pm

      I hope they’re healthy – thank God Miss M loves fruit and vegetables more than sweets, not like her mum! Ha ha they LOVE the raisins don’t they! :)

  15. Seychellesmama
    26th November 2014 / 2:33 pm

    Some great ideas for snacks on the go here!!!

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