Road trip snacks are a must-have for any long drive. Think trail mix, jerky, granola bars, fresh fruit, cheese and crackers, popcorn, veggie sticks with hummus, energy bars, pretzels, and mini sandwiches. Of course, you can’t forget about the beverages like water, juice, or soda.

According to a recent survey of 2,005 adults, the key elements that make a road trip enjoyable are the snacks (38%), the company (34%), and the stops along the way (30%). Interestingly, when given the option, the majority (38%) prefer traveling by car over a plane (35%) or a train (18%). The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of HI-CHEW, also revealed that 71% of respondents feel that road trips give them the freedom to indulge in as many snacks as they desire.

What are the top road trip snacks?

No surprises here, the top choices for road trip snacks are mostly junk food, but a few healthier options made the cut. The winners include chips, chocolate, cookies, nuts or seeds, candy, fruit, and granola bars.

Snacking on the move is such a big deal that 44% of people think it’s downright wrong to forbid eating in the car during a road trip. In fact, a whopping 61% of respondents confessed they wouldn’t even consider going on a road trip with someone who doesn’t allow snacking.

While the majority (52%) believe everyone should bring their own snacks and be open to sharing, a surprising 65% admitted that there are certain treats they would never, ever share with the rest of the car.

The snacks that people are keeping for themselves are all about chocolatey goodness (49%), fruity flavors (46%), and chewy yumminess (42%).

More study highlights.

Here are some popular road trip rules according to the study: deodorant is a must (no overpowering scents though), the shotgun rider is in charge of navigation, and the driver gets to control the radio.

Take a look at the full study here.

Savor the Flavors: Must-Visit Food Festivals Across America

Food festivals are the ultimate foodie experience. They bring together the best flavors, aromas, and tastes from around the world. These events showcase a diverse range of cuisines, culinary traditions, and innovative creations.

When it comes to food festivals, America sure knows how to bring the flavor. From coast to coast, you’ll find some of the best culinary celebrations that will make your mouth water. Whether it’s the BBQ fests down in the South, the seafood feasts along the shores, or the multicultural foodie extravaganzas in bustling cities, there’s something for everyone.

These festivals typically showcase the diverse culinary traditions and innovative dishes that make American cuisine so special. So, where can you find food festivals that will have you craving more?

There are plenty of food events serving up some incredible food in America that you must attend. Here are some food festivals that take place across the nation.

  • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, Orlando, Florida

    The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays at Walt Disney World in Orlando is a magical seasonal celebration that takes place each year. This enchanting event invites guests to immerse themselves in the holiday spirit while exploring the diverse traditions and cuisines from around the world. The festival features special entertainment, dazzling decorations, and a delightful showcase of global flavors through various food and beverage offerings.

     

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  • Dollywood Harvest Festival, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

    The Harvest Festival at Dollywood in Tennessee is a beloved autumn celebration that embraces the beauty and bounty of the season. Held annually, this festival showcases the vibrant colors of fall, the rich traditions of harvest time, and the warm hospitality of the Smoky Mountains. Although the theme park hosts seasonal events year-round, the Harvest Festival is one worth checking out. They feature Autumn inspired treats, like sweet potato poutine, spiced pumpkin bisque, and maple pecan and bacon funnel cakes.

  • South Beach Wine And Food Festival, Miami, Florida

    The South Beach Wine and Food Festival is a culinary extravaganza held annually in Miami Beach, Florida. This multi-day event brings together some of the world’s most renowned chefs, culinary personalities, and food enthusiasts like Guy Fieri and Giada De Laurentiis. The festival showcases a diverse range of food and drink experiences, including tastings, cooking demonstrations, seminars, wine and spirits events, and parties.

     

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  • International Flavors of Carnaval, Orlando, Florida

    Universal Studios Orlando has been the host of the International Flavors of Carnaval held each year. The event features food and drink booths offering a wide range of dishes inspired by various regions and traditions, allowing guests to explore unique flavors from around the globe. Alongside the culinary offerings, there are often live performances, music, and entertainment that showcase the spirit and energy of Carnaval. Throughout the parks, guests can discover food and beverage mini kitchens featuring over 70 delectable dishes that pay homage to the Mardi Gras and Carnaval celebrations held across different corners of the globe.

  • Choctoberfest, Hershey, Pennsylvania

    Hershey, Pennsylvania is a chocolate lover’s paradise and is the home of the Hershey Chocolate Factory. When autumn arrives in Chocolate Town Square Park, cocoa enthusiasts flock to the highly anticipated Choctoberfest. This annual event transforms into a haven for chocolate lovers. It’s a one-day celebration where you can freely immerse yourself in the world of chocolate, with over 70 booths tempting you with an assortment of sweet treats.

  • Taste Of Chicago, Chicago Illinois

    Many people travel for the annual Taste of Chicago. Spanning five glorious days in July, this renowned event draws an astounding 1.5 million attendees, making it one of the largest free-admission food festivals on the planet. At Taste of Chicago, you’re in for a treat with a wide variety of food options to explore. From bites served up by food trucks to the creations of celebrity chefs and the exciting flavors of pop-up restaurants, this festival has something to satisfy every craving.

  • The Greatest American Foodie Festival, Las Vegas, Nevada

    The Great American Foodie Festival is an event that every food lover should mark on their calendar. This festival showcases a mouthwatering selection of culinary delights from all across the United States. With a diverse lineup of food vendors, food trucks, and gourmet chefs, this festival offers a one-of-a-kind experience to indulge in the best flavors and creations that America has to offer. Whether you’re a fan of classic comfort foods, international cuisines, or unique and innovative dishes, the Great American Foodie Fest is the ultimate destination to satisfy your taste buds. With over 50 of the country’s top food trucks serving up a wide variety of delicious eats, celebrity chefs will be there to show off their culinary skills in demonstrations. Plus, you can enjoy the beer garden, try your luck at carnival-style games and rides, and witness an epic eating contest.

     

  • Festival Of The Sea, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey

    Each September many people travel to New Jersey’s Festival of the Sea. If you’re a seafood lover, you won’t want to miss this one. Attendees can enjoy a day filled with fun activities, live entertainment, and, of course, seafood. From fresh catches of fish, shrimp, and crab to delectable clam chowder and lobster rolls.

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