How to Pack Healthy Foods for Travel

About to take a much-needed vacation? Consider bringing these healthy foods along on your trip.
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Depending on where you’re traveling to, the availability of nutritious food may be limited, so packing your own might be the best decision. Our list of recommended foods includes organic cereal packs and popcorn.

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, taking a breather is necessary for a recharge.

The glamour of packing up your bags for a getaway seems almost picture-perfect. You’re cruising into the sunset in a top-down Cadillac or sippin’ on some champs in the airport’s VIP lounges. What’s there to not like?

While there are certainly many benefits to traveling, healthy food might not be one of them. While you’re taking a road trip up the Coast, you’re also giving up access to your comfortable kitchen. While you’re taking Insta-worthy shots in front of landmarks, you’re also surrounded by fast-food restaurants. While you’re indulging in your newly-ordered airport combo, you’re also missing the luxury of being able to read its ingredients.

The truth of the matter is that going on trips disrupts your everyday life, whether it’s your workout routine or meal prep schedule. With the help of yoga pants, some alkaline water, and healthy snacks, the going can get a lot easier.

Depending on where you’re traveling to, the availability of nutritious food may be limited, so packing your own might be the best decision. Here are some options we’ll submit for your consideration:

Cereal, but for adults

When you’re on-the-go, it’s smart to pack foods that are non-perishable. Organic cereal packs like Dr. McDougall’s will prove to be a lifesaver when you’re in need of a fulfilling and healthy snack. Filled with organic chia seeds, buckwheat, and quinoa, they’ll give you the boost of energy you need while making sure you get your dose of Omega-3’s.

Crossfitters approve

Some protein bars can seem off-putting whether hiding behind mini chocolate chips or added sugars. Now, there’s a protein bar that skips on the facade by promising all-natural ingredients. As listed on the front of each RXBAR, eating one is equivalent to eating 3 egg whites, 6 almonds, 4 cashews, and 2 dates. Skip on the additives, and munch on something with ingredients you can pronounce instead.

Not brunch on a Sunday, but close enough

When you’re brunching out on a Sunday, bottomless mimosas and an eggs benedict are a must-have. Unfortunately, while traveling, whipping up a gourmet-style meal is easier said than done, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy one of your favorite breakfast necessities. Get crafty by making your own rendition of devilish eggs. Slice your hard-boiled eggs, and sprinkle paprika on top!

Avoid airplane junk food like the plague

While traveling, you can expect to be moving around a lot. Expect that your bags are going to be lugged and hauled while going through security, so pack foods that aren’t easily spoiled or smashed. Hard fruits, like apples or oranges, or nuts, are small and easy to pack while making a healthier alternative to airplane junk food when you’re having cravings.

Every healthy person’s snack

Anytime you enter an air-conditioned facility, whether airport or hotel, vending machines seem to be more of an alluring appeal. Besides, who wouldn’t want a chocolate bar or sugar-loaded soda? Since we’re aiming for healthy here, SkinnyPop popcorn will be your go-to snack while on the go. As tasty as they are, they contain no GMO’s or artificial ingredients, so feel free to munch away minus the guilt.

Bonus travel food hacks:

  • For a more eco-friendly getaway, instead of using plastic bags or plates, invest in an eco-friendly stainless-steel lunchbox like PlanetBox that you can use over and over again or 100% recyclable brown lunch paper bags.
  • Expect that most airports will not have a public microwave available for use, so opt for non-perishable dry foods (snack packs like almonds, trail mix, or protein bars) that require minimal add-ons or little preparation.
  • If you want to save on a few bucks while on-the-go this summer, carry your own reusable water bottle or tumbler. A water bottle can range from 5 to 8 dollars at a hotel (thanks, inflation), but by carrying your own, you can refill it wherever there’s a fountain, or simply ask your flight attendant. If you’re feeling fancy, DYLN offers portable water bottles that turn your water into alkaline water!

What are your tips for eating healthy while on-the-go? Share them below in the comments!

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