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9 Power Snacks for Travelers

Every traveler knows that it takes lots of energy to get from Point A to Point B on the map. Trips to the airport, a long drive through the countryside, and lugging luggage into hotel rooms can work up quite the appetite. Seasoned travelers know that packing a few power snacks for the road can ease the hunger pangs that are bound to spring up between meals.

1. Honey

power snacks for travelers

Honey is full of the carbohydrates muscles need to keep functioning. That is why it is a favorite of both athletes and travelers. When traveling, pour some honey over granola, pretzels, or go the traditional route and pack a peanut butter and honey sandwich in your bag.

2. Nuts


Packed with protein, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, and peanuts are fast snacks that travel well. These nuts are also high in minerals including zinc and iron. A solid serving of nuts will help keep you alert, and keep your immune system strong.

3. Bananas


Full of fructose, glucose, and sucrose, bananas are fantastic sources of fast energy. However, they don’t travel well unless you have a case to protect them. That is why most travelers find it best to eat the banana before heading out the door and down the road.

4. Apples


Apples have about 2 grams of fiber, and roughly 10 grams of fructose in every serving. This translates into enough energy to keep you going forward. They are easy to pack and relatively resistant to damage during light travel. As they say, an apple a layover will keep the McDonald’s away.

5. Orange Juice


One glass of orange juice is loaded with vitamin C  and potassium. The body digests these elements at a slow pace. Instead of giving you a quick burst of energy, orange juice creates a steady flow of get up and go that can propel you towards the next destination on your itinerary.

6. Yogurt


An eight-ounce serving of fat-free fruit yogurt contains roughly 11 grams of protein, 47 grams of sugars, and 47 grams of carbohydrates. These can put a spring in your step for hours after you eat your snack. Readily available in most countries, yogurt is a fabulous choice for a traveler’s breakfast or as a midnight snack.

7. KIND Bars

power snacks for travelers

Photo: KIND Bars by Mike Mozart

Energy bars are not created equal. Many are full of fats and sugars that provide short bursts of energy that dissipates and leaves you feeling exhausted. KIND bars don’t do that. They have a solid balance of ingredients that provide a long-term energy boost. Moreover, they are available in dozens of varieties which makes it easy to find one perfect for your palate.

8. Dried Fruit


Dried fruits such as apples, oranges, raisins, and cherries pack a powerful punch of energy and help you maintain a rosy disposition through border control. It is a light and tasty snack that travels well. You can pack it to add to yogurt while you are traveling, or include it into your own homemade trail mix recipe.

9. Sunflower Seeds


Photo: Sunflower seeds by Dominic Alves

Shelled sunflower seeds are full of healthy polyunsaturated fats and antioxidants. However, it is best to skip the flavored and salted varieties of sunflower seeds as these are often weighed down with sugars that can slow you down, and sodium that can leave you feeling thirsty.

These are my top picks for healthy, energy boosting foods you can take on your next trip. I guarantee that each of these options will keep the hunger pangs at bay as you explore the fantastic and exciting destinations on your schedule.

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