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Summer Food Ideas for Traveling

Summer Food Ideas for Traveling

This August, try out some summer food for traveling and outdoor fun. Whether it’s a picnic in the park or a light snack on the trails, refreshments are a must. Bringing your own road trip snacks has its advantages. Not only is it healthier and you know exactly what you’re eating, but it’s much more fun. The following food is great to prepare ahead of time and pack to go for whatever adventure you’re planning.

Seasonal Food for Picnics

Every outing needs some reliable picnic recipes that everyone in your crew will enjoy. Here are some fresh ideas and takes on old staples, easy to make and pack.

  • Chicken Salad - This amazing take on an old favorite is a versatile dish for any picnic. Serve it as a tasty side or slather it over two pieces of your favorite bread for a filling sandwich.

  • Cobb Pasta Salad - A combination of pasta and all your favorite cobb salad ingredients makes this a great summer food to go. It pairs well with both simple sandwiches and fancy entrees.

  • Individual Seven Layer Dips - These individual cups of layered goodness not only travel well, they give each member of your family their own portions. With this dip in your cooler, you never have to worry about double dipping wars. Bring along your favorite baked chips and everyone will enjoy.

  • Key Lime and Blueberry Pies in Jars - Every picnic needs a little dessert. These concoctions combine sweet and portable. Make them the night before and pack them in your cooler for a delicious ending to your mobile meal.

The Best Road Trip Snacks

When you’re on the road, junk food becomes all the more tempting. Try keeping your travel partners full (and cheerful) with some of these summer food ideas. No matter where you’re headed, you’ll arrive feeling much better than chips and candy would allow.

  • Homemade Veggie Chips - Introduce your family to a few new vegetables with these salty and satisfying chips. Root veggies work best, but you can bake other varieties too.

  • Tamarind Trail Mix - Looking for a break from the same old trail mix? Try this interesting take on the typical hiking snack. The spices add a little kick while the coconut and mango add texture and sweetness.

  • Cherry-Almond Granola Bars - This sweet and salty bar is one of the most satisfying road trip snacks. The bar shape will leave you with less granola under the car seats too!

  • Ready-Made Morsels - Preparing your own homemade snacks is great, but don’t overlook some easy options. Individually-wrapped cheese sticks, grapes and carrots are steadfast road fuel. Plus, check out these healthy tidbits for more ideas.


Whether you’re camping or beaching, remember to keep your cold foods cold this summer. If something has been sitting outside too long and you’re in doubt, throw it out. Also check out these summer food safety tips to make sure everyone stays healthy. Enjoy your road trip snacks and have safe travels!