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On-the-Go Snack Box

Are you on-the-go a lot? Then an On-the-Go Snack Box is perfect for you. See how I use them for my family.

This is a partnered post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

an organizer filled with snacks for an easy on the go snack box

I learned early on in parenting that things can take a turn for the worst without a moment’s notice. One minute we’re all laughing and playing, then the next we’re all crying and wanting to pull our hair out.

I still haven’t nailed down the causes of these out of the blue meltdowns, but I have learned how to deal with them while we’re on the go. The last thing I need (or want for that matter) is a bunch of maniacal children out in public for everyone to see.

I know some families who use some methods that are a little questionable in my opinion, and you may even think my method is questionable, but it’s helped me out so much.

On-the-Go Snack Box

Yep, an on-the-go snack box. Having a snack box ready while we’re on-the-go has helped me with those meltdowns while we’re in the doctor’s office or while I’m getting a pedicure.

I think most times kids just get bored and tired of doing nothing that giving them something to focus on, whether it be food, games, etc., brings them back to sanity during the middle of a meltdown.

Another perk of having an on-the-go snack box is that you save money from those impulse snack purchases!

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What to Put in an On-the-Go Snack Box

I use a small 7 x 4.75 inch 7-compartment organizer that I picked up at Walmart. I started out with the larger organizers but quickly found out that it was way too big and that the smaller size works so much better because there is less waste. (I like saving money, if you couldn’t tell!)

I use the 7-compartment organizer and I like to have 7 different snacks to put into each compartment. I include sweet and savory, soft and crunchy, to offer different flavors and textures. I’ve found that offering a little bit of a bunch of items works best for my children.

an organizer filled with snacks for an easy on the go snack box

Since it’s an on-the-go snack box, think of items that won’t cause too much of a mess. Think gummies, Craisins®, crackers, nuts, and jerky. All of these items are perfect for on-the-go.

an open bag of ocean spray craisins tropical variety pack

Put a little of each product into the organizer before you head out and place it in your purse or diaper bag.

Pouring a bag of Ocean Spray Craisins into an on-the-go snack box

an organizer filled with snacks to make a snack box for children while on-the-go

Finding things that your child likes is super important, but it’s also important to make sure we’re offering items that are wholesome. I like including Ocean Spray Flavored Craisins® as one of their sweet offerings because they have a great flavor that kids love AND contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. And with new flavors like Raspberry Lemonade & Watermelon and Kiwi Melon & Mango, they don’t get bored with the same flavors. Just one pouch contains 1/2 cup of fruit, which is 25% of your recommended daily fruit needs. Make sure you pick up the new flavors at Walmart next time you’re there.

two bags of ocean spray craisins to make an on-the-go snack box

Personalizing an On-the-Go Snack Box

If you have a Silhouette or Cricut, personalizing your on-the-go snack box is super easy. Just design what you want and send it to your cutter and then apply it to the top of your snack box. If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can use stickers and a Sharpie to personalize.

If you have multiple children like I do, personalizing the on-the-go snack box stops the “that’s mine” argument.

Don’t forget to pin this On-the-Go Snack Box so that you can find it again easily when you want to make one. Also, follow me on Pinterest if you’re not already. I pin lots of yummy things.

a collage of snacks to include in an on-the-go snack box

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About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    These are a great idea. I will be making some of these. I have a child who loves organizing things. This will be right up her alley.

  2. 2

    We are always on the move, and “on the go” this would be so great for my family. It has the crunchy, the sweet and the salty all of the treats my daughter and I love. I will have to make up a box like this for our next outing!

  3. 3

    We do quite a few last minute day trips as well as longer road trips. This is a great idea to have for the kiddos… okay the adults too but not sure I would want to share, it all looks delicious.

  4. 4

    What an excellent idea for busy families, especially before a long road trip! I am definitely making one for each of my kids before we travel to California this weekend, and I must admit that I want an on the go snack box of my own too.

  5. 5

    These snack boxes look so handy! I need to get one for my little guy. I love how they allow for a lot of variety of snacks.

  6. 6

    This is a fantastic idea! My grandsons always say they’re hungry when we’re out and about. This would definitely satisfy their cravings!

  7. 7

    Oh this is such a neat idea!! I love it! I am going to have to make these for our two! We love to take drives through the woods by us and look for deer….they always want a snack! This would be perfect!

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