There are so many healthy grab-and-go gluten-free snack options now that are satisfying and healthy. Here are nine of the best healthy travel snacks that are perfect for on the road or for back to school. These are all gluten-free and dairy-free.

canvas bag filled with travel icons

While we would all ideally be snacking on vegetable sticks, fresh fruit, or some other unprocessed food while we’re traveling, sometimes we need the convenience of packaged gluten-free snacks that are easy to throw into a bag or backpack.

In this newly updated blog post, I’ve rounded up some of the best gluten-free travel snacks that also happen to be dairy-free and reasonably healthy at the same time! These ideas are great for when you’re on the road, or for back to school. 

If you’re new to eating this way, you may also want to read my tips on the best way to get started on a gluten-free and dairy-free diet.

Best Travel Snacks

This round-up of healthy travel snacks includes items that are meant to be eaten without too much fuss, while also providing nutrition. I’ve included a selection of protein bars, nuts, granola, chocolate, beef jerky, and more.

Whether you need a snack or a meal replacement while you’re on the road, it’s always nice to avoid too many processed ingredients and to stick with a balance of protein, carbs, and fat. You also need to be cautious of eating too much sugar which can cause your energy to crash later on.

It’s also important to stay hydrated while traveling and to observe any local restrictions regarding virus protection. With that, it’s on to the snacks!

airplane flying over palm trees

1. Exo Protein Bars

I’m going to blow your mind right off the bat with these cricket protein bars! They’re such a great source of protein, and the crickets are ground into a tasteless flour and blended into these amazing bars that are so delicious. Don’t worry, you can’t taste the crickets, I promise! 

Note: the brand has new labels, the ones pictured are the old design.

Two packaged bars one blueberry vanilla and one peanut butter and jelly

2. Lark Ellen Granola Bites

If you have a sweet tooth like me, you’ll absolutely love this sprouted grain- and gluten-free granola from Lark Ellen Farm. It’s crunchy and absolute perfection. The company has a lot of different flavors, but the Cacao Cherry is my favorite.

And, you don’t even need milk to enjoy granola. Simply portion it into smaller baggies, or just take the whole bag and grab a handful as needed.

rad bag of grain free granola bites

3. Flackers

Next up for a healthy, savory gluten-free snack are these Flackers (the photo is of the old packaging). They’re full of fiber from the flax seeds (get it, flax + crackers = flackers, so cute).

These tasty crackers have a nice amount of fiber, but they also have a ton of flavor. 

bag of flackers crackers

4. Roasted or Raw Cashews

Another great gluten free snack option are these plain raw or roasted. They’re organic just so satisfying. The bag is re-sealable too, so perfect for throwing into a purse or backpack. Kiddos love cashews too.

NOW cashews

5. Organic Beef Jerky

Whether you’re traveling or just out for the day, it’s nice to have a protein snack to help keep your energy up. One of my favorite gluten-free protein snacks is this organic beef jerky since it tastes good and does the trick.

If I have extra time before a trip, I love to make my own dehydrated snacks, such as Watermelon Jerky. Dehydrated veggies and fruit in general make excellent snacks since they can be stored at room temperature.

6. Almond Butter Snack Packs

I think you’re also going to love these travel packets of almond butters. Keep a couple in your bag and eat plain, or with an apple or banana. Nut butter and fruit is always a great option for a gluten-free snack.

Note: If you are traveling by airplane, you may not be able to put these in your carry-on luggage, but you can definitely check these or save them for road trips.

several packets of almond butter spilling out of a box

7. Dried Baby Bananas

If you have a sweet tooth, you’re going to love this unsulfured dried fruit I found at Trader Joe’s (you can buy them at Amazon too!). Both the bananas and mango versions are chewy and sweet without any added sugars.

tjs dried fruit

8. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate always does the trick when you’re on the road and need a quick pick-me-up. This brand I found online is really amazing, and it’s sweetened with coconut sugar so I really love that (I couldn’t find these bars on Amazon anymore, but here’s a link to the Rawmio chocolate bark).

rawmio chocolate bars

9. Collagen Peptides Travel Packs

The last item I keep in my bag whenever I’m traveling or on the road are these Vital Proteins collagen peptides single-serving sticks. I use at least one of these a day when I travel, either pouring the peptides on my breakfast porridge or into a hot beverage.

Each stick has 9 grams of protein so these are a must-have IMHO for healthy travel (these are a must-have for healthy cruise travel).

Plus, the collagen seems to help keep my hair, skin, and nails smooth and strong (learn more about collagen protein). Nutrition plus beauty benefits make this snack a double-win.

vital proteins sticks


You don’t have to worry about eating junk or getting exposed to gluten if you plan ahead and make sure you have plenty of gluten-free snacks when you’re on the road, on campus, or traveling. This post includes gluten-free snack options that you can keep in your pantry or backpack to help you stay nourished and energized.

Stay well and travel safe! 

See my other tips for staying healthy while traveling, plus how to eat healthy on a cruise ship.

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