25 Make-Ahead Snacks That Are Perfect For Traveling

Because the only thing that sucks more than airport food is airplane food.

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1. Nutella-Pretzel Cereal Treats

You can even make them in the microwave. Here’s how.

2. Texas Trash

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Salty, smoky, and spicy all at once. (If you’re from Texas, you know how addictive it can be). Here’s the recipe.

3. Homemade Pocky

They’re like fairy wands, but in cookie form. Here’s a recipe.

4. Buffalo Spice Almonds

Just make sure to pack some napkins too. Get the recipe.

5. Guinness Glazed Nuts

These are admittedly on the sweeter side of salty. Here’s how to make a big batch.

6. Roasted Seaweed

Salty and crispy but somehow still a vegetable. Here’s the recipe.

7. Spicy Sriracha Popcorn

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Spice spice, baby. Get the recipe.

8. Skinny Baked Cauliflower Tots

Ok, so you have to actually LIKE cauliflower. The recipe’s here, if you do.

One important caveat here: If you’re flying, you’ll want to make sure to pack your ketchup so it complies with the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule. You can find small travel size containers at various stores, like this one that’s the perfect size for dipping tots.

9. Roasted Chickpeas

These crunchy nuggets pack really nicely in a mason jar, and you can pick any spice blend you like best. Get the recipe.

10. Zucchini Chips

You will have to slice these with a mandolin to get them thin enough. Here’s the recipe.

11. Apple chips that you can make in the microwave…

Yes, you read that right. Here’s how.

12. Or apples that you precut and secure with a rubber band.

Apples are an easy on-the-go snack without being cut up, but you can be less obnoxious about eating one next to a stranger if you have precut slices. And this trick keeps them from browning. From here.

13. Apple Butter Oatmeal Bars

Slightly more involved than just buying a box of granola bars, but infinitely tastier. Also: vegan. Get the recipe.

14. Low-Carb Egg Muffins

Make them the night before, toss them into a plastic bag, then grab them right before you run out the door. Get the recipe and directions here.

15. On-the-Go Baked Oatmeal Cups

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The cupcake liners make these even easier to eat in the middle seat. Get the recipe.

16. Savory Vegetable Loaf Cake

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OK, so maybe “loaf cake” isn’t the most appealing name for a dish, but a couple of slices in a baggie will fit snugly in your carry-on and get some vegetables in your system. Find the recipe here.

17. Tamagoyaki (Japanese Rolled Omelet)

Since these are made for bento boxes, they’re conveniently travel-size. Get the recipe and directions here.

18. Quinoa Pizza Bites

Maybe because they’re pizza-y, your kids will actually devour them. Get the recipe.

19. Salami With Cheese and Tomatoes

More of an inspirational idea than a recipe, but sometimes you only have the time/energy for simpler things. From here.

20. Mason Jar Salad

Small meal or large snack. Your choice. Here are some directions.

But remember: The TSA’s 3-1-1 rule applies to the dressing, so don’t put it in the jar. Here is a travel-size bottle that could work well for dressing.

21. Dark Chocolate Trail Mix Energy Bites


You literally pick your favorite dark chocolate, melt it, and put delicious things on top. Get the directions here.

22. Flour’s Famous Banana Bread

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Sour cream makes this recipe super moist (seriously, it works). Get the recipe.

23. No-Bake Carrot Cake Energy Bites

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Their small size makes them much easier to pack than a full-fledged carrot cake. Super easy recipe here.

24. Blueberry Vanilla Greek Yogurt Granola Bars

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They’re granola bars, so they’re kind of healthy, but they have an icing-type substance on top, so they feel like dessert. Here’s the recipe for both the bars and the Greek yogurt coating.

25. Perfect Fudgy Brownies

This basic recipe features walnuts, which are particularly good if you toast them a little before mixing them into your batter. Here’s a step-by-step video.

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