We’re a humble bunch, we don’t want a great deal. Nothing really… except world travel.
Well, that and popcorn. (Priorities, man.)
Although our eldest is only two and a half, we have not been afraid to get started on our world-domination plans. So far we have been to Japan, New Zealand, Melbourne, Sydney, The Whitsundays, and a bunch of little journeys around where we live. We’re learning as we go what are the best ways to take small children on long trips, and what tops the list is to never have empty tummies. (I once was stuck on a bus with no food on our way to Las Vegas from LA. There was a traffic jam on the freeway and it added unforeseen hours to our trip. I was pregnant and STARVING and the tantrum I felt like throwing would rival a two-year-old’s. Hangry ain’t pretty!). With that in mind, I’ve collated a list of snack items that we’ve found works really well for our kids. The dry packaged stuff can have a second serving stashed in the checked luggage for the trip home, to be supplemented with fresh fruit and goodies bought before you leave (particularly good if overseas and you’re not sure what’s available), although it’s usually pretty easy to find at least baked chips or crackers at your destination.
Feel free to add your favourites in the comments!
plain rice or corn cakes
flavoured rice crackers (we’re pretty keen on the brown rice seaweed ones)
Containers of dry cereal (we have used Cheerios, Nutri-Grain, and Freedom Foods Maple Crunch)
Containers of puffed rice or puffed corn
Sultanas/figs/dried apple rings or apricots
homemade muesli bars
fresh fruit (grapes worked well for us, as has apples and small bananas)
graham crackers (both homemade and shop-bought)
Baked potato chips or Veggie Chips
And for those times when you are venturing into bribe territory because you NEED them to sit still and quiet (like when the plane is landing, etc), we have used individual packets of Tiny Teddies, a Hershey’s Kiss or two, the date and coconut balls, the cookies, fruit puree sachets and Five AM organic yogurt pouches.