I’ve spent this week gearing up for a weekend trip. It’s sort of put a damper on my cooking aspirations, but the process has allowed me to realize that there are some important tricks to getting ready for a trip – and staying satiated while on it. For most of you, these will be old hat, but for past-me, these tricks could have saved me some grief.
First, plan your meals around the trip. Don’t just keep making what you usually make for dinners, at least not without taking things like leftovers, both of the ingredients and of the food, into account. It is a sad day when half a baked pasta must be given away or thrown out because otherwise it’ll spoil while you’re out of town.
Second, you can never have enough water. Airplane air is weird and dry. Traveling is stressful and tiring. Staying hydrated it crucial. Bringing in an empty water bottle and filling it up after getting past security can help make the trip much more bearable. Also making the trip more bearable? Getting a beer before/during the flight.
Third, bring your own snacks. Sure, airlines hand out peanuts and sometimes cookies, but those foods aren’t the best snacks. Even if they are, it is easy to grow sick of them, or at the very least, lament the small portion sizes. Trail mixes, fresh fruits or veggies, or even nicely wrapped sandwiches are pretty okay. Embrace your inner kid – stock up on the types of snacks you got in your lunches. But, you know, I’ve brought two fruit breads and a dozen cookies in my carry on before, so it’s really up to you.
Fourth, be careful not to be too adventurous with food when traveling. Let’s just say that there have been instances of all the toilets breaking on a plane while in flight, leaving a lot of grouchy, uncomfortable passengers. Always be prepared.
Fifth, remember that if you have been gone for a while, there is no food in the house. I have had to make some truly inadvisable 1 AM grocery store runs because I forgot this ridiculously basic lesson. Plan accordingly.
How about you? What are you travel food rules? What lessons have you learned? What foods do you eat when traveling?