ESP: Emergency Snack Plan

I’m sure most of you know by now that I have a husband who thinks mud runs are a fun warm up and two crazy, awesome, young boys that I’m trying to raise into decent human beings. So far I think it’s working. Bear says thank you and please (sometimes) Little Bear only sits on his brothers head if I’m not looking. They laugh a lot and play even more. But, and again most of you know, they eat! Little Bear is pretty much a bottomless pit. He eats from the moment he wakes up until bed time. It’s actually kind of cute. That is until we have to get the oil changed and are stuck in the car or we’re out and about and he’s pretty adamant about it being snack time.

Thankfully with this being my second go round, I’ve learned to always carry a small army platoon sized reserve of snacks in my bag. And my bag has grown in size to reflect this.


“Big Red” was gift for my mom.




Most of this fits in there.









Back to the oil changing scenario. There we were. Me and Little Bear and 2000 extra miles since the last oil change. The young guy helping was super nice and we got to chatting about coffee. I’ll always talk about coffee, to anyone. He mentioned he hadn’t had a break yet and how he was looking forward to getting some coffee from DD. As I threw snacks back at Little Bear so I could understand this nice young man, I realized, I’m a mom. I can help him. I’m a firm believer that you should help when you can. Even it’s a little. It can make all the difference in someones day. So in between launching Peeled apple clusters at Little Bear, I grabbed a Vermont BBQ Beef Stick and handed it to him. He looked at it and lit up saying “sweet, I might make it now.” Little Bear then demanded my attention since he was only holding one snack now. Two hand, two snacks. That’s our next shirt, after I get mine that says “everyone out of the kitchen!” I told him to have a good day and went to get Bear to head to playground.


Bear enjoying a quick pick me up of Justin’s Peanut Butter

Getting to the point of this post, I thought it might be nice to list out some easy to carry goto snacks I keep on me. This isn’t an all inclusive list more like what’s working now. I’ll try my best to break them into age appropriate categories. Please use good judgment and do not leave your child unattended or drive when they have food. It could be dangerous.

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Little Bear (12 months and up)
Peeled Apple Clusters
Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars
Veggies Stixs

Bear (4 years and up)
Justin’s Peanut (available in Almond) Butter
Clif Bars (Oatmeal Raisin Walnut)
Bottled water
Trail Mix

Big Bear (39 years old that get hangry)
Vermont Beef Stick
Rx Bars

The Zoo Keeper (me)
Starbucks Via Instant Coffee

Easy Drinks to keep in the car
Water (bottles)
So Delicious Coconut milk (self stable)
Honest Juice Boxes


No lie, this was all in my bag.

There are so many other things you can keep in your bag. Check out my other post (How to pack food for a long trip) for some more grown up ideas for longer travels.

My list is always growing (like the Bears), new, better options come out all the time. What would you add to this list? What’s your fav goto for playground melt downs or long car ride complainers?


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