Easy On-the-Go Snack Idea: Make Your Own Trail Mix

Trail mix is the perfect snack for ballgames, fall hikes, and car rides. Trail mix has always been one of my favorite travel snacks. I have at least one jumbo bag for every car, flight, and train trip. I’m also the mom who packs her own snacks at Disney, and you can bet there is always trail mix in my bag! 

So whether you need an easy on-the-go snack for errands or something toddler-approved your little one can get on their own, homemade trail mix is ideal!

The best thing about homemade trail mix is that it only contains the foods you want! So, there’s no worrying about allergens, additives, or food dyes you want to avoid. Plus, when you make it at home, you can pre-package it in easy, on-the-go snack baggies to grab as you head out the door.

Homemade trail mix is also a great way to get little hands helping in the kitchen. There is no heat or utensils needed. Plus, you can introduce and practice measuring as you add ingredients!

Easy On-the-Go Trail Mix Ideas!

There are so many things you can include in your homemade trail mix. Here are some popular ideas we recommend!

  • Cheerios
  • Dried Fruit: raisins, cherries, apricots
  • Nuts: almond slivers, walnuts, peanuts
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Goldfish
  • Popcorn
  • M&Ms
  • White chocolate chips
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Banana chips
  • Puffed rice
  • Baby cereal
  • Freeze-dried strawberries
  • Pretzels
  • Cheez-its

When making homemade trail mix, please be mindful of choking hazards for children under four. Children under three should not have nuts, seeds, popcorn, raisins, or other dried fruit unless the dried fruit is cut into tiny, bite-sized pieces.

Check out this toddler-safe trail mix recipe from Yummy Toddler Food! It’s an easy, on-the-go snack safe for toddlers that preschoolers and older kids will love too!

Need another quick and healthy snack idea? Try a homemade smoothie!

Updated September 24, 2023, by L. Elizabeth Forry

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L. Elizabeth Forry 

L. Elizabeth Forry is an Early Childhood Educator with fifteen years of classroom teaching experience. She earned a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from The University of North Dakota and has a Bachelor of Arts in English and one in Music from Lebanon Valley College. She has taught children in Japan, Washington D.C., Chicago, and suburban Maryland. She is trained as a reading therapist, has a TEFL certification, and has done extensive work with children regarding mental health, social-emotional development, gender development. She has written curriculum for children and educators and has led training sessions for parents and educators on various topics on early childhood development. She is the mother of two boys and resides outside of Annapolis, Maryland.

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