Have you ever heard of snackle boxes? I think they are clever, and they work so well when traveling with kids. I have used them for flying with our kids, but I feel like they would be great for road trips or other excursions as well.
Just last week we got back from a trip to Florida. When trying to decide what would be a good thing to bring along to help the kids stay busy, I thought why not pick something that is both entertaining and will fill their tummies. Snackle boxes are just that. They are fun to put together, give a variety of snacks, and pack easily.
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Let’s talk about what you need and some ideas of how to create them! This is going to be fun!
I feel like you can go so many different ways when putting together a snackle box, so I am going to focus on balance(nutritionally), type of travel and kid friendly options.
How to get started:
- Buy a small tackle box or use an unused one that you already have. Here is one like the one we used. Though ours weren’t this time looking for BPA free tackle boxes is a good idea. If you care about that here is an option that I found that is BPA free.
- Purchase 9 different “snack” options, or enough different kinds to fill your size tackle box. (You can double up on some snacks-you don’t have to have a different kind in each square.) I have a few lists below to help you build a balanced snackle box if you are looking for inspiration.
Airplane Travel (no cooler)
Snackle boxes work great on the airplane, but you must only pack solid foods and because you don’t have a place to cool food on the airplane, I usually just pack shelf stable foods.
What I used in my kids snackle boxes this time:
- Trail mix (chocolate peanut butter from Walmart)
- Dried Cherries
- Fruit Snacks
- Dried Blueberries
- Small Doritos (they come in a pringles style can in the chip isle)
- Ritz Bits-Cheese
- Nilla Wafers-Small
- Kit Kats- Minis
I would say one of the hardest things to incorporate into an airplane snackle box is protein…the trail mix added some with the nuts and some was there with Ritz Bits but otherwise consisted of carbohydrates and fat. One thought I had was beef jerky and this would work well for protein especially for older kids.
Once you have them all packed, I slipped ours into a gallon zip lock and packed them into our personal item for the airplane.
More Ideas for your Snackle Boxes…
- Mini Oreos
- Mini Nutter Butters
- Mini Chips Ahoy
- Chex Mix
- Muddy Buddies (Puppy Chow)
- Teddy Grahams
- Beef Jerky
- Yogurt Raisins
- Freeze Dried Strawberries
- Dried Apricots
- Dried Pineapple
- Banana Chips
- Dried Apples
- Nutri Grain Bites
- Chocolate Kisses
- Roasted Chickpeas
- Chocolate Chips
- Golden Grahams
- Mini Marshmallows
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Dry Roasted Peanuts
Not all these foods are best for small children so please use your discretion when choosing snacks for your little one!
Car Travel (with a cooler) – You can also use any of the options in the list above for the car.
- Clementine (Peeled)
- Summer Sausage
- Deli Meat
- Crackers – Smaller in size or you can break them.
- Cheese, String Cheese, Baby Bells, Sliced of any flavor.
- Baby Carrots or Carrot Chips
- Celery Sticks
I feel like you can go different ways with car travel snackle boxes if you have a cooler. Fresh fruit, meat, cheese, etc. If you don’t have a cooler, I would stick with the airplane snackle box ideas above.
It is very possible to have a balanced and healthy snackle box…even more so if you have a cooler that you can store it in.
Below I have my best example of a healthy and well balanced snackle box.
- Summer Sausage (Protein)
- Cheese (Cheese Stick or Babybel) (Protein & Fat)
- Raspberries (Carbohydrate)
- Blueberries (Carbohydrate)
- Pumpkin Seeds (All 3)
- Crackers (Carbohydrate)
- Raisinets (Carbohydrate) A little something sweet!
- Almonds or Walnuts (Carbohydrate/Protein)
- Dried Blueberries (Carbohydrate)
Some of the above examples include more than just one of the main nutrients (carb, fat, protein) but I listed the largest containing nutrient.
More ideas/themes to consider:
- Smore’s Theme -Chocolate, Mini Marshmallows, Golden Grahams
- Berries and Chocolate – Chocolate varieties, and berries
- Tropical/Beach Theme – Dried Pineapple, Coconut, Dried Papaya, Macadamia nuts, Banana Chips
- Breakfast Theme – Dry Cereal, Granola, Yogurt Bites, Fruit
More ideas of convenient places to bring a Snackle Box:
- Day trips to the zoo, farm show, shopping trips, and any other day trips.
- An afternoon at the park.
- Sport, dance, swimming, etc. practices.
- Train or boat rides
Shop this post:
- Tackle Box like the one we used.
- BPA free Tackle Box
- Mini Doritos
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Trail Mix
- Kit Kat Minis
Have you ever made a snackle box? What are your favorite things to include? If you haven’t made one yet do you plan to make one now? Comment below!
But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 19:14