Packing snacks in your suitcase—along with clothes, shoes and toiletries—is a good way to not only stay healthy but also save money when you are traveling. Whether you’re dealing with planes, trains or automobiles, your own food is going to be better than most things you can purchase in an airport, bar car or a rest stop along the highway. Some ideas I gave the Avagliano family for the trip to the airport for their Italy vacation:
- Hard boiled eggs and whole grain crackers
- Fruit and some cheese
- Peanut butter or almond butter sandwich
- Yogurt and cereal—as long as it isn’t too hot!
- Nuts and dried fruit
You’re not allowed to bring liquids through security but you can bring an empty thermos or water bottle with you to fill up at the water fountain. Think how much money you will save! Also flying can dehydrate you so it’s important to drink something to staying energized while traveling.
If you’re traveling in a car, a cooler is the way to go, especially in the warmer months. You can pack sandwiches with fresh turkey, lettuce and tomatoes, salads with chicken or tuna and lots of fruit and cut up veggies. If you like the hand to mouth snack, then pop some popcorn in a little bit of canola oil, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pack it in a baggie to go.
It may seem like a hassle, but your wallet and your waistline will thank you!
Registered dietician Elizabeth Fassberg runs Eat Food, a New York City-based company that designs and delivers custom food and nutrition programs for businesses, organizations and individuals. She’s coaching the Avagliano family through the six-month Healthy Family Challenge.