Eating Healthy While Traveling
I’m going to Mexico next week for a much-needed vacation. It’s important to me to eat healthy while traveling. We’re staying at the Westin Lagunamar in Cancun. I’m looking forward to some rest and relaxation! This year we’re staying in a villa with a kitchen. I know it’s crazy, but what I like least about vacation is eating out every single meal. I also don’t love having to “get ready” to eat breakfast, I just want to roll out of bed and eat in my PJs in privacy, don’t you? Bringing my own food down to the beach is an added bonus…I’m happy to skip the overpriced lunch salad.
But sometimes we don’t get the luxury of a villa with a kitchen. In fact, most of the time we don’t. That’s why I have my personal hotel survival kit for eating healthy while traveling. Starting when I arrive at the airport and hunger strikes, there’s nothing worse than being unprepared. In my experience, airport food is not clean eating!
Below are a few things I use to stay healthy while traveling. They make up my Hotel Survival Kit. The best tip? Make sure you get a room with a fridge.
Food I Might Stash in My Suitcase:
- Portable fruit like apples, oranges, avocado, banana (some dates are nice too if you need help staying regular on the road)
- Travel size nut packs from Trader Joe’s — great for the plane and mid-day snacking
- Nut butter sandwiches (no fridge required)
- Justin’s travel pack nut butters and Artisana raw but butter packs
- Lara bars, Simple Square bars, Rx bars, 22Days, or Mojo bars are favorites
- McCann’s Instant Oatmeal packs or Vigilant Eats Superfood Cereal
- Kind granola
- So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut milk
- Salmon Jerky
- Dried plums/figs (for those of us who need a little help going potty)
- Tea bags (hate paying for tea)
- Stevia (I carry this in my purse)
- Dark chocolate (just for fun)
Supplements I Might Pack:
- Probiotic (to help keeps things regular)
- EmergenC packs
- Protein/Greens Powder (get sample sizes — ask the bartender to mix you a shake at the pool bar)
- And if you can make it happen…bring your Magic Bullet or mini travel blender!
Also, remember that foods are still subjected to TSA liquid regulations so if you bring any of these liquid goodies in your checked bag, make sure they’re under the permitted 3.4 oz size:
- Creamy dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, etc.)
- Gift baskets with food items (salsa, jams and salad dressings)
- Jams, jellies and syrup
- Oils and vinegars
- Salad dressing
- Wine, liquor and beer
When travelling internationally, be aware that many countries have strict regulations governing foreign meat products, fish, fruits and vegetables. Check out the rules and regulations for your country of destination before you pack.
So, now it’s your turn – what did I miss? How do you stay healthy while traveling?