Turn bottom-of-the-bag leftovers into a road trip snack

Michelle’s thrifty snack hack:

When you’re getting ready to go on a long car trip, go though your cupboards. Pull out all those forgotten about bags of whatever (Goldfish, graham bears, pretzels, Pirate’s Booty, raisins…). Put a bit of each in a Ziploc bag and mix it up. You’ll have a clean cupboard, and the kids will have a special “car mix” snack. My kids love to poke though theirs and pick their favorites out!

Good for lunchboxes, too. Add a few nuts and some M&Ms and you’ll have some decent trail mix for a hike.

Related: Lots of great road trip tips in the Travel/Going Out archive


  1. Turtlemomma says

    I make a bag of “trail mix” like that when I have to take my toddler somewhere he has to be still for any legnth of time. He picks through all the different things in the bag and sits still for Doc appointments, lines at the post office, or even keeps him quiet on the road!

  2. Sarah says

    I use this idea too, but it also works great for add-ins in yogurt or oatmeal, depending of course which leftovers you have. (Goldfish probably wouldn’t be the greatest.) We eat a lot of granola type cereals, and they work perfectly.