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Taking a road trip? Here are our 14 favorite snacks from Oreos to beef jerky

Shaena Montanari
Arizona Republic

Travel restrictions and less time on airplanes might mean you'll be spending more time in the car on a road trip this summer. Luckily, more time in the car means more time for road trip snacks.  

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people stay home to reduce the spread of COVID-19, a road trip to a location where you can social distance can be a low-risk way to get out of town for a few days and recharge.  

Limiting contact with others at restaurants and rest stops is a good way to reduce risk of infection during the pandemic, which is another great reason to pack your own food and snacks ahead of time.  

Here are our 14 favorite suggestions for snacks to pack.

Cheez-It crackers  

There is truly a variety of Cheez-it for everyone from Zesty Cheddar Ranch Grooves to Double Cheese Snap'd. Bring multiple boxes, the serving size is merely a suggestion. 

M&M's  

A classic for a reason. The peanut butter variety comes highly recommended. 

Hi-Chew  

Hi-Chew fruit candy from Japan is a delicious road trip treat.

These smooth, chewy Japanese candies come in multiple fruit flavors, including kiwi, apple and mango. They come individually wrapped and leave no residue on your fingers, so good for keeping the steering wheel clean.  

Bugles  

These crispy corn snacks may make you nostalgic for school lunch. Fun fact: Bugles are one of the first snack foods ever sold by General Mills and have been around for 56 years.  

Chex Mix  

The perfect mix of salty crunchy cereal, pretzel and crispy bread that comes in a variety of flavors from sweet to salty. You could even make a fresh batch at home and bring with you if you're feeling ambitious. 

Beef jerky  

Pile of beef jerky on a square dish

Beef jerky and other dried meat has a long shelf life and can provide necessary protein for a long car trip.  

Gummy candy  

A bag of gummy candy like Sour Patch Kids or Sweet Tart Ropes are a welcome addition to the typical salty car snacks.  

Single-serve cheese  

As far as individually wrapped cheeses go, there's more than just string cheese available these days — even the traditional red wax Babybel comes in more varieties such as gouda or white cheddar.  

Protein bars  

They might not be as exciting one made of chocolate, but bars like Rxbars are fruity, chewy and can fill you up between meals on the road. 

Trail mix  

With almost infinite combination possibilities, the nuts plus dried fruit (and maybe chocolate) mixture is filling and delicious.  

PB&J  

Any nut butter sandwich travels well and you don't need to pack a cooler, so this works as a more substantial snack. If you want to skip the bread, you can get single serve packets of nut butter to eat with fruit or alone.  

Fruit  

Grapes and easy-to-peel fruits like clementines and bananas are always good to have on hand if you tire of candy.  

Oreos  

Oreo wants you to come up with its newest flavor.

You can go for the classic Oreo cookie, or try one of the many other varieties such as Oreo Thins, Golden Oreos, Oreo Mini—you can’t go wrong. 

Chocolate covered anything  

Pretzels, nuts, fruits, you choose. Just remember chocolate and hot cars don't mix.  

Reach the reporter at Shaena.Montanari@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @DrShaena. 

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