April 09, 2014

Tips For Travelling Part 2: Food Ideas

So it's been more than a year since I posted some travelling tips, and what better time than when I am busy relaxing on vacation.
If you missed my first post on the topic here is the link:
Tips for Travelling

As I am sure you know it is very hard to find foods that are friendly to special dietary needs while you are travelling. Airplanes have fewer and fewer items available that are safe for those with "food allergies/ intolerances" so it is very important to be prepared to feed yourself.

Here are some of my go to snacks that I bring while travelling:

1. Jerky
If you have a dehydrator now is the time to use it! I don't have one yet (it is on the wish list!) but I do have a reliable source of local grassed beef jerky where I live so I stock up on this before any trip that I am going on.

2. Orange Spiced Energy Bites or Toasted Chocolate Macaroons 
I pull a few of these out of the freezer before I leave and they hold up very well while travelling. And they are great for satisfying that sweet craving that tends to hit when you are bored while flying (I assume I am not the only one who experiences this?).

3. Chopped vegetables or fruit
I still don't tolerate too many raw vegetables or fruits but carrot sticks and apples seem to work for me. If you tolerate raw vegetables and fruits there is nothing easier than to throw a few of these into your bag! Just be careful to bring items that don't bruise easily. Fruits like apples and oranges hold up very well, and berries in a tupperware container also fair well. Other vegetable options include sugar snap peas, raw broccoli and cauliflower, celery sticks and baby tomatoes.

4. Sausages
This one may freak a few of you out. Yes I bring meat on the plane. And no it is not refrigerated. Sausages travel very well and don't require any assembly while travelling so they are easy to pull out wherever you are. Plus it is nice to have a few of these on hand when I first get to my destination if I have some delays before getting to a grocery store. So far I have never had any problems with spoilage but I have never kept these unrefrigerated for more than 8-10 hours. If you are travelling for longer than that I would suggest eating them during that time frame just to be safe.

5. Sweet Potato Fries 
And don't limit yourself to sweet potatoes here! You could make a batch of carrot or parsnip fries if you want other options. These don't really stay crispy but they still taste great if you ask me and travel well in either tupperware or ziploc bags.

6. Mixed Nuts
This one isn't that creative I know, but there is something about the salty crunch of nuts that I seem to crave when I am bored while travelling. I always recommend soaking and dehydrating your nuts first to maximize the nutritional value and make them easier to digest. I usually bring pecans and cashews since those are my favourite. But feel free to mix and match as you please! (as long as you tolerate nuts that is).

7. Dehydrated Fruit Crisps 
As I mentioned I don't have a dehydrator so I acutely don't bring these. But I know people who swear by their dehydrated fruits including strawberries, apples and bananas. You really could use whatever fruit you want, and this way you don't have to worry about your fresh fruits getting bruised or beaten during your travelling adventures. And no worries about spoilage here!

Well everyone those are my suggestions for what to eat when you travel! What do you normally pack? Do you risk eating airplane or airport food? I would love to hear your thoughts!


  1. Where do you get your beef jerky from?

  2. I was getting it from Bite Beef but they have since taken a break so I am in the process of looking for a new source… sorry I know that's not helpful!