Buc-ee’s is the Ultimate Texas Road Trip Stop

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The Best Things to Buy at Buc-ee’s: The Complete Guide

If you’re not from Texas, you probably aren’t familiar with Buc-ee’s. I had never heard of it prior to moving here but it didn’t take long to hear about it: Buc-ee’s is as much a Texas thing as college football, Whataburger, and rodeos.

If you are from Texas, I’m sure you’re nodding in agreement. Buc-ee the Beaver is an icon. His toothy smile towers over Texas highways, inviting you to stop for clean bathrooms, tons of fueling stations, and snacks & gifts galore.

If you’re taking a road trip through Texas, Buc-ee’s is a stop you just cannot miss. Read on to find out what Buc-ee’s is and what things to buy when you get there.

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What is Buc-ee’s?

Buc-ee’s is a gas station and convenience store chain. But make no mistake, Buc-ee’s is like no other gas station that you’ve ever been to, I promise.

In fact, whenever friends and family visit, I drag them to Buc-ee’s. They think I’m crazy for driving half an hour to go to a gas station. Once they get inside, however, they understand: Buc-ee’s is an experience.

In fact, Buc-ee’s holds two world records: one for the world’s largest convenience store (66,335 square ft, about half the size of a Target) and another for the world’s largest car wash (at 255 feet!)

So, I’ll modify my original statement:

Buc-ee’s is:

  • A massive gas station with literally dozens of gas pumps
  • A rest stop that has the cleanest restrooms in the US
  • A convenience store where you can purchase snacks & drinks, along with hot foods
  • A gift shop that sells everything from kitchen serving platters to hunting knives to pet accessories

Are you intrigued yet?

Seriously, you need to stop at Buc-ee’s if you’re driving through Texas. If you want to avoid getting overwhelmed in their massive stores, find out the best things to do and buy at Buc-ee’s here.

Get gas at Buc-ee’s

This seems obvious but worth mentioning.

Buc-ee’s typically has great gas prices. Make this a one-stop-shop and enjoy one of the dozens of gas pumps before exploring the store!

Enjoy the sparkling clean restrooms

Like I mentioned above, Buc-ee’s is famous for having the cleanest restrooms in the US. I’ve done my fair share of road trips and having a nice, clean restroom is not common enough.

Gentlemen – the ladies in your life will extra appreciate this.

Purchase a car wash and enjoy your shiny car

The closest Buc-ee’s to me is in Katy, TX, which is about 30 minutes west of downtown Houston. This location has the world’s longest car wash!

The car wash is very efficiently ran. There are multiple lines so that traffic continues flowing. When it’s your turn to go, drive towards the car wash. An attendant will direct you to drive on to the conveyer, put your car in neutral, and enjoy the ride.

The car wash is even a rainbow car wash – so I’m sure your kids will love it!

Buc-ee's car wash

Now it’s time to go inside … look at how big Buc-ee’s is!

Once you’re done marveling at how large Buc-ee’s is, you can get to shopping!

Munch on some Beaver Nuggets

Arguably the most famous snack available at Buc-ee’s is beaver nuggets. There are traditional beaver nuggets, salted caramel beaver nuggets, and savory beaver nuggets, as well.

Go for the OG traditional beaver nuggets. They are basically caramel coated corn puffs (similar to Cracker Jack, but better).

Buy two bags because you won’t be able to control yourself around this tasty treat.

Best Things to Buy at Buc-ee's: Beaver Nuggets

What is more Texas than sugar roasted pecans?

Imagine walking into a convenience store and smelling freshly roasted nuts…

Not something you’ve ever seen, right? Well, at Buc-ee’s, one of the best things you can buy are their sugar roasted pecans! There are a few different nuts available, but I recommend you get pecans. Pecans are grown in Texas, and we may as well be authentic on this road trip!

The nuts are sweet, crunchy, and warm, which makes them extra delicious on a chillier day. Grab a bag of these and some coffee for a tasty pick-me-up!

Best things to buy at Buc-ees: Sugar roasted pecans

Take a break from junk food with some fresh fruit & veggies

Thankfully Buc-ee’s sells much more than just junk food! If you want fresh fruit or veggies, Buc-ee’s has tons of super convenient options. All their foods are pre-cut and packaged for easy eating so you won’t have to worry about making a mess in your car.

Best things to buy at Buc-ee's: fresh fruit and veggies

As you can see in the photo above, bright and crisp salads are available alongside parfaits, fresh fruit, and even super convenient vegetables. These look tasty even amongst all the sweet treats!

Snag some delicious, cheap, & filling breakfast tacos

Breakfast tacos may not be a thing where you’re from, but they are a staple in Texas dining. Because you can get literally anything at Buc-ee’s, of course you should expect breakfast tacos, too.

Best things to get at Buc-ees: Breakfast tacos

Look at these mouthwatering breakfast tacos! Sausage, egg, and cheese; bacon, egg, and cheese; something called a “Hippo Taco” (beans, egg, bacon, green salsa, and cheese), a “Breakfast Beast” taco (egg, bacon, sausage, potato, and cheese), and not pictured is a brisket taco.


They are always warm & plenty cheesy. Sauces are available next to the case. For just a few dollars, you can have a super filling breakfast.

Is it closer to lunch or dinner? Snag some hot & fresh BBQ sandwiches

I’ll be honest, I could eat a breakfast taco any time of day.

But… I could also eat a BBQ sandwich any time of day, too.

Buc-ee’s has both available – hot and fresh! – so good luck making your decision.

Best things to buy at Buc-ee's: BBQ sandwiches

Available sandwiches include chopped brisket, chopped brisket with onions and pickles, the signature Club (ham, smoked turkey, cheddar, peppered bacon, and sundried tomato pesto sauce), and a sliced brisket sandwich.

Load up on some jerky to enjoy later

You can’t visit Texas without enjoying some beef jerky! I think beef jerky is the best road trip snack because its filing, high in protein, and delicious.

Buc-ee’s has a ton of different kinds of fancy jerky available for purchase. This isn’t some Jack Link jerky you can get at any old grocery store – this stuff is freshly made with tons of really unique but delicious flavors available.

Best things to buy at Buc-ees: Beef jerky

I certainly haven’t tried all the jerky varieties but my favorite so far is the cherry maple beef jerky. Sweet, savory, and totally delicious!

Savor some fudge

I know I keep saying it, but Buc-ee’s literally has anything you could want, including delectable fudge!

There are about a dozen different flavors available, including low sugar and less chocolatey varietals. I’m a peanut butter gal, so I personally love the chocolate peanut butter fudge. They also have a chocolate salted caramel peanut butter fudge. My mouth is watering just thinking about it…

Best things to buy at Buc-ee's: Fudge

Purchase some gifts (for yourself or loved ones!)

I am literally not exaggerating when I say that Buc-ee’s sells pretty much anything you could think of.

I’ve listed some food items that you should consider buying when you road trip to Buc-ee’s, but Buc-ee’s is also great for finding gifts (for loved ones… or yourself. #treatyoself)

Get saucy with Texas hot sauces

Texans love their hot sauces. Sauces can go on pretty much everything and Buc-ee’s has plenty of flavors available so you don’t get bored!

Gifts to buy at Buc-ee's: Texas sauces

Shop cute housewares that make for great birthday, Christmas, or housewarming presents

From fancy serving platters to cute tea towels to sassy wine glasses, Buc-ee’s has something for everyone and more. If you’re out of gift ideas, a quick jaunt to your nearest location will help give you some inspiration!

Got a best fur-iend? Buc-ee’s has pet items, too

Dog & cat collars, leashes, toys, treats, bowls, and more. I wasn’t exaggerating when I said you can buy just about anything at Buc-ee’s.

If you need some clothes, Buc-ee’s has that too.

Sweaters? T-shirts? Shoes or sandals? Beaver onesies? Yup. Buc-ee’s has that, too.

Can you buy swimwear at Buc-ee’s, too?

Yup, sure can! Adult & childrens swimsuits, trunks, and bikinis are available… in multiple patterns!

You can get other beach gear, too, like cushions and insulated mugs.

Best gifts to buy at Buc-ee's: Swimwear

What about kids toys?

Of course Buc-ee’s has kids toys! Plushies, pillows, balls, magnets, toy guns, backpacks…

You can buy something for everyone at Buc-ee’s!

In true Texan fashion, you can even get hunting & outdoorsman gear at Buc-ee’s

Coolers, knives, spotlights, BBQ tool sets, scent elimination field wipes, camo, axes… pretty much everything but guns!

You can even buy funny wall signs from Buc-ee’s to remember your roadtrip!

I bought one and I use it as a Christmas ornament. If that’s not your jam, you could just hang it up at your office.

I’m partial to “My Overbite is Sexy” but I love the subtle implications that Buc-ee’s is godly with restrooms fit for royalty.

Buc-ee’s is like no gas station you’ve ever been to before. No Texas road trip is complete without stopping at a Buc-ee’s.

Even if this post didn’t convince you that Buc-ee’s is next-level amazing, I’m going to insist that you stop and see for yourself. Buc-ee’s is an entire experience. It’s not just a gas station or a convenience store – it’s a Texas thing.

Have you been to Buc-ee’s? Are there any items I missed?

17 thoughts on “Buc-ee’s is the Ultimate Texas Road Trip Stop”

  1. I love this! First time I’ve seen this. I’m from Oklahoma….southeastern part and would love to see a Buc’ee’s!! Any idea where the closest one to me would be located?

    1. The closest one is probably near Dallas, unfortunately! But they are expanding into other states so maybe you’ll get one closer to you soon!

  2. It looks an sounds heavy. Cool . How the prices? Advantage price of gas? Is it like Walmart or something? I live in eastern ohio area. Around Youngstown ohio. Will they put on up here soon? It looks great place to shop. Fresh lunch meats? I want to go to one now.


    1. The gas prices are just about market prices but it’s a massive convenience store where you can buy almost anything you need. You really have to see it to believe it! I’m not sure if Buc-ee’s will expand to Ohio soon, but hopefully 🙂

  3. I have stopped at Buc cee’s from Royse City, Tx to Galvaston. Tx and enjoyed the best gas prices and cleanest bathrooms and convience stores!! The selections of fresh coffee’s brewing and creamers and syrups are AMAZING! The icee drink selections and fountIne drinks to ice tea is as AMAZING!! The bbq breakfast taco’s and sandwiches cant be beat. Beef jearkey fans will be overwhelmed. Freshmade fudge, oh my goodness!!! A person can’t just go in for gas and not be Amazed by the convience store, gift shop, anything you may wanr is at Buc cee’s!!! I will drive to Dr’s appointments in Dallas, and stop at Buc cee’s just to use a clean bathroom!! To say I am a #1 fan is an understatement!! I Love Buc cee’s!!

    1. I feel the same way!! I take all my friends from out of state to Buc-ee’s. They always think it’s weird that I’m dragging them to a gas station…but then they have the same reaction you had!

  4. The best beef-jerky I’ve ever had and by far the biggest and best selection. I just wish there was a Buc-ee’s closer to home in South Florida.

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