Here are some tips to help take the burden off of traveling.
Tip 1: Pack Your Own Food
Whether you travel by car, train, or plane, your safest bet when it comes to eating is bringing your own food. When you pack your own meals and snacks, you are not relying on whatever random restaurant or food shop you come across. I’ve found that food options at airports and on the road are limited at best. Here are some tips for each mode of transportation:
Traveling by Plane
Airport food is getting better, but it still very much depends on where you are flying to and from. I always pack either a meal or a bunch of snacks to take with me on the plane. Because you can’t pack ice, I make any perishable foods the night before and store them in my cold bag in the refrigerator. It keeps the food colder for longer so it doesn’t run the risk of spoiling. When I arrive at the airport, I always scope out food options for the way back home if I am landing around a mealtime. I do the same when I land at my destination. As I walk through the terminal, I will actually stop and look at menus to see if there is anything that works for the ride home. If not, I’ll discuss what to do in my next tip.
Traveling by Car
Driving is a little easier because you can pack a cooler and bring plenty of snacks. I also check my route for restaurants, just in case I do want to eat something not homemade. It’s also easier to pack more food for your trip, but more on that in the next tip.
Traveling by Train
Traveling by train isn’t as common in the US but more common in other countries. Trains fall in between planes and cars. You are restricted on space, but not on liquids. I would pack a cold bag with ice to keep your meals cold. I’ve never been on a train that has any food acceptable for either anti-inflammatory, paleo or clean eating. So your best, and probably only, option is to pack your own food.
Tip 2: Be Mindful of Where You Stay
Lastly, what restaurants are near your hotel or home? Are there options for each meal or will you need to be more strategic about packing breakfast and snacks? When I travel for work, I usually don’t rent a car. So I always compare my hotel options to what food is around the area and base my hotel booking on the best option for me.
Finding the right accommodations and the right locations for your nutritional needs might seem a bit over the top, but believe me, it will make your trip or vacation a lot less stressful.
Tip #3: Do Research Ahead of Time
In that same document, I’ll list out lunch spots, and breakfast options and think about what activities we are doing that day and what eating spots are around those locations.