Nicole’s Traveling Tips
I’m still on vacation in California with my family. Today Nicole, my former foodie pen pal is here to share some tips for traveling healthy. I too think it is very important to be prepared especially when traveling with children. It seems as though they are always hungry!
Greetings! I’m Nicole from Apples and Arteries and I’m excited to be guest posting for Farrah today. She and I first “met” through Foodie Pen Pals in May and I always enjoy reading her posts. She’s quite a healthy-living inspiration!
Since Farrah is traveling, I thought I’d share some of my tips for staying on-track with healthy eating while away from home.
I’m always the person at the airport who has a carry-on bag full of food and snacks. Sometimes during on-board delays, I tell my neighbors to be nice to me because if we get stuck, I’m the one with rations!
- Plan ahead—A few days before travel, take stock of what you have at home and make a list of what you plan to bring. You’ll have time to go to the grocery store to stock up if needed. A day or so before travel, I leave a bag on my counter and add snacks/food as I am getting organized. I also start to group items on a shelf in the fridge of items I’ll take day-of.
- Pack no-mess food—Think apples, trail mix, sandwiches, pretzels, crackers, grapes, and granola bars. There’s nothing worse than a squished banana or peeling an orange and realizing you don’t have a wet-wipe. Keeping snacks no or low-mess makes eating on the go easy and clean. These items are also easy to keep with you once you arrive at your destination.
- Pack a water bottle—When I know I’ll be gone for more than a few days, I travel with my Camelbak water bottle. For short trips I take along a disposable water bottle that will last for a day or two of refills.
- Check out dining options before you go—Find a couple of restaurants where you can go and depend on healthy options and also scope out a nearby supermarket and/or farmers market. When I’m traveling to a larger city (D.C., Boston, New York), I try to stay within walking distance of a Whole Foods Market and sometimes go there for dinner and also to stock up on items for the duration of my trip.
My only word of caution is that packing food and getting through airport security can be a challenge. Speaking from experience, string-cheese, peanut butter sandwiches, and apples tend to raise eyebrows when going through TSA. You’re certain to have your bag double-checked but at least you won’t have to eat at McDonald’s when you get to your gate!