10 of Our Favorite Gluten-Free Snacks for Traveling

updated May 1, 2019
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Traveling can be tough if you’re gluten-free. Even still, in 2017. Your travel buddy might be able to grab a doughnut and call it an afternoon treat, but you? Not so much. And while there are plenty of gluten-free snacks to choose from, they’re generally either (1) not that tasty, (2) super expensive, or (3) both.

Luckily, there are some exceptions to the rule. Here are 10 delicious and highly portable snacks that you can pack with you and eat throughout your next trip.

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  1. Sea Salt Potato Chips, $24 for 6 (5-ounce) bags at Jackson’s Honest: Yes, most potato chips are gluten-free, but these are super crispy and almost nutty from the coconut oil they’re cooked in. Even though they’re technically “plain,” they’re a bit more interesting than regular potato chips.
  2. Surf Sweets Organic Watermelon Rings, $2.50 for 2.75-ounce bag at Wholesome Sweet: These candies are dead ringers for the other gummies we used to eat, only they’re made with real fruit juice.
  3. Artisana Almond Butter Squeeze Packs, $18 for 10 (1.06-ounce) packs at Thrive Market: At nearly two bucks a pack, you’re paying for convenience here, but you’re also getting a lot of flavor — and a surefire way to beat midday hunger pains. Just find yourself a banana and you’re good to go.
  4. Wonder Cheezy Herb Brussel Bytes, $5 for a 2-ounce bag at Target: Brussels sprouts don’t have to just be side dishes anymore. This bag of chips can be eaten on the go — without a fork!
  5. Quinn Gluten-Free Touch of Honey Pretzels, $4.50 for a 7-ounce bag: You can stop the seemingly never-ending search — we’ve finally found gluten-free pretzels that don’t taste like cardboard. These whole-grain pretzels have a nice texture, crunch, and a bit of sweetness, thanks to the honey.
  6. Havarti Snack Cheese, visit Arla for info: Throw a few of these single-serving cheeses in a bag with an ice pack and stash them in your room’s mini bar when you arrive at your destination. Wine is optional.
  7. Chocolate Chip Cookies, $20 for 3 (7-ounce) bags at Tate’s Bake Shop: One of the only cookies our gluten-free staffers said they could get behind, Tate’s makes treats that even our gluten-eating team members like to shop for. The classic chocolate chip option is especially good.
  8. Avocado-Licious Popcorn, $10.50 for 3 (5-ounce) bags at Lesser Evil: No, this popcorn isn’t avocado-flavored (although that sounds amazing!). The cheeky name alludes to the fact that the kernels are popped in extra-virgin avocado oil. Bonus: The sprinkle of Himalayan sea salt adds a unique touch.
  9. Viki’s Granola Single Serve Bags, $9.50 for 10 (1.5-ounce) packs: Ideally, you’ll be able to track down some yogurt to start your morning off right, but even if you can’t, this stuff is still good on its own. Try the original flavor or, our favorite, the banana walnut.
  10. Larabar Fruits + Greens, $26 for 15 bars: If a salad and a granola bar had a baby, you’d get this backpack-friendly snack, which is made with strawberries, spinach, and cashews.

What gluten-free snacks do you like to pack for trips?