Many of us will take to the highways over July 4th weekend to visit loved ones. Our destinations will be full of family and fireworks and food and flags, but when everyone in the country seems to have the same idea and road trip at once, the traffic can leave you feeling… well, unpatriotic at times.
Never fear! With the right snacks and tunes, the ride to your July 4th destination can be a celebratory one in keeping with the spirit of the holiday. Here’s our 4th of July summer road trip checklist and a free playlist that will keep you energized as the miles fly by.
With a few smart crowdpleasers, you’ll be sure to have something for everyone. Cheez-Its, Welch’s Fruit Snacks, and Pirate’s Booty are time-tested car snacks, and the handy pre-portioned packages make them easy to grab on the go. Your passengers are already sharing the car; give them their own bag of snacks to celebrate their independence.
If you have picky eaters to entertain, try variety packs like this Planters Nuts Pack with salted cashews, honey roasted peanuts, and salted peanuts, or Nabisco Mini Snack Variety Pack featuring Ritz Bits crackers in peanut butter and cheese flavor, mini Nilla Wafers, Mini Oreos, Mini Chips Ahoy! cookies, and Nutter Butter Bites. Because snacktime should never be boring and variety is the spice of snacks.
Hydration Between Rest Stations
The only thing worse than being stuck in traffic is being thirsty and stuck in traffic.
Take the taste of summer with you on the road with Polar Seltzer’s summer variety pack including flavors like watermelon margarita, strawberry sunrise, raspberry rosé, and mango berry.
Have little ones in tow? Apple & Eve Organics 100% Juice boxes guarantee a quiet ride as they sip — and you the peace of mind that you’re giving them 100% organic juice.
If you want to stick to water, VOSS Artesian Water fits beautifully in cup holders. And if you want to make sure your water stays cold but can’t fit a cooler in the car, this stainless steel water bottle keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot beverages like coffee or tea hot for 12 hours. That’s a lot of driving time!
Be sure to pack a Tide To Go Stain Remover pen for when disaster strikes or Dad takes a left turn a little too fast when you’re mid-snack. And for bigger cleanups, we always like to keep a roll of Prince & Spring paper towels for impromptu spills or makeshift plates or if the drive-thru forgot napkins.
A Gift for the Host
Bottles of wine are welcome at most BBQs (check out our summer wine entertaining etiquette guide here), but if your host is dry, bringing bottled water like VOSS or sparkling seltzer like LaCroix can please the crowd and keep them cool — especially if guests are under 21.
Now that the snacks are packed, it’s time to get the playlist pumpin’. We created this FREE Spotify playlist with all the songs that celebrate America and the open road. Enjoy!