Hey, hey! Happy Thursday to you. Today, I’m talkin’ traveling with snacks! It’s a post I’ve had on my mind for awhile, and with my own trip on the horizon, I figured now would be a perfect time! In the past few years, I’ve made it a point to bring some snacks with me while on vacations or short getaways and I do this for a couple of reasons: first, it’s an easy way to save money. If I have to choose a meal to enjoy out while on vacation, it’s going to be dinner. So why not have some hearty snack and breakfast options with me to eliminate an entire meal out? Second, packing some healthy foods also keeps me on track and prevents me from getting overly hungry.
Of course, what I pack and how much I pack depends on where I’m going and the purpose of the trip. For example, when we traveled to New Orleans a few weeks ago, I brought granola bars and some almonds, but that was it. I knew that part of our itinerary was to enjoy the fabulous food that New Orleans is known for, so I didn’t stress too much about having a huge snack stash. My upcoming trip, however, will be early mornings followed by full days of physical training, so you bet I’m going prepared. I don’t know the ins and outs of how much time I’ll have free to get food, so I’m bringing a nice, full bag of goodies to keep my energy up!
Just look at this spread…
Yes, I really will bring all of this… and maybe even one more apple 😉 Let’s break this down…
I picked up this Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal-to-go at Whole Foods. All you have to do is add some hot water, which I can easily get at a hotel (or just order hot water at a coffee shop if worse came to worse). I’ll pair these oats with Justin’s Maple Almond Butter. These little packets are perfect for travel and lucky for me, they were on sale at Target this week. The almond butter will add some flavor and protein to the classic oats. Since I always eat oats at home, this is also something I know won’t upset my stomach- it’s sticking with my typical breakfast routine, which always gives me peace of mind!
For me, electrolytes are a must when I’m doing any kind of exercising. I get both of these supplements at Whole Foods. The 365 brand packets are just 49 cents, so I like to stock up and have them at the ready.
I’ll have my other almond butter packet with a banana (or apple) as a snack. Again, an easy way to add some protein and flavor to a plain banana!
So what else is in that stash?
- 2 servings of Purely Elizabeth Granola (This could be another breakfast option. I’d eat this along with a piece of fruit)
- Small container of almonds
- Apple (will probably pack two apples because I love them)
- Curate Bars (I always bring different flavors and they’re so easy to pack- no brainer)
- Water Bottle (Duh! With airports now having upgraded water bottle fillers, this is a must. Saves money once again, not to mention, it’s good for our earth!)
I’ll use the water bottle to pack a bunch of my snacks, including the granola, which I put at the top so it doesn’t get all smashed up in my bag!
There you have it! Some of the fun snacks I like to pack…I’ve brought most of these items in my carry-on before and have never had an issue with security! I’ve also brought full on PB & J sandwiches (on Ezekiel toast, obviously) and those have been just fine as well! If I have a flight that interferes with my dinner-time, packing a little PB & J is a life-saver.
Hope this gives some of you ideas for any future trips you might have!
Question of the day: What is something you always bring with you when you travel?