Travel-Ready Meals for Your Wellness Journey

Dec 22, 2023

Managing meals while traveling doesn’t have to be a challenge; it’s about strategic meal planning for travel and creating options on vacation days.

Navigating meals during travel, especially when airborne, requires understanding the limitations on liquids. However, a lesser-known but incredibly convenient option, whether journeying within the US or abroad, is the ability to bring carefully prepared homemade meals stored in secure, travel-friendly containers.

This approach ensures not only dietary control but also provides a comforting and familiar taste of home amidst the hustle of travel. Whether hopping on a domestic flight or embarking on an international journey, having your meals packed can be a game-changer. It saves time and potentially money by bypassing airport food options and allows you to tailor your meals precisely to your nutritional needs and taste preferences.

This practice has often been overlooked or unknown to many travelers, yet it stands as a powerful tool to maintain wellness on the go. With a little pre-planning and thoughtful packing, you can enjoy wholesome, nourishing meals even while en route, enhancing your overall travel experience.

What Can You Bring On A Flight And Pack For Travel Snacks?

When flying within the US or traveling internationally from the US, consider packing the following:

Freeze your favorite smoothies overnight and pack them for short-distance flights. Since the smoothie will be frozen before boarding, it will not be considered a liquid but a solid. By the time you land, you can enjoy sipping on your smoothie for added glucose and minerals in a pinch! Ensure you have a great travel cup for packing smoothies on the go. As an added tip – thawed frozen blueberries can change consistency and almost turn pudding-like – if you don’t mind this texture, keep them in; if you prefer not, opt for a banana, mango, greens base, or consider other berries instead!

Simplify meals by packing snacks, wraps, bowls, and chopped fruits or veggies with dips. These options allow easy mixing and matching of ingredients, catering even to picky eaters. Think of individually packed snacks like cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, dates, berries, pumpkin seeds, and steamed potatoes.

Wraps are a hassle-free option for travel days, avoiding liquids. Load up on raw or cooked veggies—broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, sweet potatoes—paired with greens like spinach or sprouts. Use versatile bases such as potato tortillas, collard greens, lettuce, Siete tortillas, nori paper, or coconut wraps (use code DRKIMBERLY15 for 15% off). Consider carrying low-liquid options like hummus or mashed avocado for a dressing substitute to prevent sogginess. Make packing easy with a few helpful travel container options listed in our shop!

Bowls offer a creative mix-and-match solution; combine rice (if opting for grain-free, consider cauli rice or cassava rice), beans, or gluten-free pasta with your preferred veggies and optional add-ons. For example, a mix of tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, peas, and chickpea pasta seasoned with basil and thyme—simple, satisfying, and nourishing.

Additional prepared options like Simple Mills crackers, dried fruit including mango, figs, apricots, raisins, cranberries, and dates, Simple Kneads bread (use code “reclaimersofhealth15 for 15% off your online order), Jovial pasta, Lara Bars, That’s It bars, or Siete chips and tortillas expand your choices. Instant oatmeal with coconut or maple sugar to sweeten and added packed fruit makes for a quick meal on the go; similarly, granola is also kid-friendly. Individual single-serve apple sauce, seed and nut butters, and olive oil are also helpful to pair with other items. As a spring water option, purchase a large bottle of Fiji water at the airport. Flying can be extremely dehydrating, so make sure to drink lots of fluid before and after landing.

If you’re looking for candy alternatives or sweet treats, consider maple candies, maple cotton candy, and Cocomels Coconut Milk Caramels.

When it comes to liquids at airport security, it can be a bit tricky. Kids bottles and baby bottles are permitted. Even if your toddler is still nursing you can take advantage of this option. However, if you inform the security personnel that you’re carrying liquids like juices, lemon honey water, maple syrup, or honey for medical reasons, there’s a good chance they’ll allow it. They might conduct a quick test using a strip to verify the contents. Stay positive and communicate with them, as it’s often possible to bring necessary liquids like these through with their assistance.

Recently, my family and I took a trip to Disney. If you would like to learn more about how I navigate airport radiation, see my blog here. When visiting the parks at Disney, you are able to pack and bring your own food and snacks. Epcot also had food options to meet most dietary needs including some organic!

Discover the joy of keeping travel meals both straightforward and enjoyable with a diverse range of delicious and healing foods. If you decide to stay at a rental with a kitchen, keep meals simple! Big batches of lentil dahls, soups, chilis are all helpful for warming comfort, while steaming a big batch of potatoes can be a great way to use over a few days and turn into a variety of other meals. Steamed potatoes can be cut into potato wedges and make fast fries the whole family will enjoy with a side salad and good dip. Encourage creativity in kids by letting them create their own plate from the variety of snacks available to them.

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