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How to survive a road trip with kids and what snacks to make

Have you got a weekend away or a family road trip planned? Are you looking for some advice from a real mum about what to take with you to make it run smoothly?

Today we have 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge member Tegan Liston’s story of how she keeps things calm in the car (hot tip: it’s all about being organised!).

Over to you Tegan…


Real mum’s survival guide for family road trips

“Don’t you just love to get away? You can just get in the car and drive anywhere…well it used to be that easy until kids came along.

Now with my little girl, road trips involve a string of ‘mum I’m hungry’, ‘mum I want to get out’, ‘mum can I sit on your lap’. If I’m not organised the trip can be a nightmare!

We have family all over the place, from as little as 30 mins away to over 8 hours away. We all know that travelling with little ones can be quite stressful.

So I make sure I have lots of amazing snacks and activities for them to do.

We also plan our trips so we know where and when to stop and where we can stop if we have a toilet emergency.

Ideally we like to stop every 2 hours to ensure that we can get out and stretch our legs. These don’t need to be big stops, just a 15 minute break can be enough time to walk (or run) around which can help to wear out little people.

My top snacks are things that can be eaten easily and stored in a bag (or a cooler bag if necessary). I like to make interesting things, not just the same old snacks – a real variety. And most of these snacks are 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge snacks – of course! 

These snacks seem to keep my little one busy…for a while at least.

Top car snack ideas

1. Picking box

Picking box

Filled with different things like vegetable sticks, fresh or fried fruit, nuts, dips, crackers, cheese and a few dark chocolate drops as a special treat.

Otherwise, I pick something from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge as it’s packed with recipes that are perfect for lunch boxes and even road trips.

2. Fruit chips


These are fun for the kids and can be made with apple, pear, courgette and sweet potato chips. I generally opt for the pear chips recipe from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge. This recipe makes 4 serves.


  • 2 firm pears (200 grams)
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice (0.5 grams)


  1. Pre heat oven to 120C / gas mark 0.5.
  2. Thinly slice the pears and deseed (no need to peel).
  3. Arrange the slices on a lined baking tray and sprinkle over the mixed spice. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool before serving as a crunchy, sweet side. Can be made ahead of time and stored in a ziplock bag until ready to serve.

3. Popcorn trail mix


Think air popped popcorn, sultanas, pumpkin seeds, dried apricots and chunky shredded coconut. Make it to suit your child’s tastes or use the recipe in the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

4. Sugar free muffins


My little one loves the raspberry muffins from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge. Make them the day before and wrap them up to take in the car.

Recipe here

5. Bliss balls


Some of our favourites include the Weetabix Balls and the Banana Oat Balls. Get alllllll the bliss ball recipes here.

6. Roll ups


You can easily make these yourself with just two ingredients, in mango or strawberry flavour (recipe available to members of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge)

Car activity box

We also have an activity box that we change around and fill with several activities, CDs and some toys.


  • Activity or colouring books and pencils
  • Stickers
  • Favourite toys
  • Books
  • Homemade bingo cards or I spy
  • DVDs and player
  • Card games

My little one loves to travel now as she gets her special snack and activity box and our only problem is that she sometimes doesn’t want to get out when we arrive at our destination!”

Thanks for the awesome insight Tegan!

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