Traveling can be a tricky time because it is much harder to keep to my normal diet when I don't know which food options are going to be available to me in advance. My solution is to pack a lot of different powders that can simply be mixed with water to create an easy meal replacement or meal supplement. Using these mixes allows me to make sure my body is getting all the nutrients it needs, which is especially important during travel so you can stay healthy while exposed to all the germs at major transit points such as airports.
The picture above is my checked luggage from a recent trip to Dallas. It's one of those folding bags intended for suits. On one side I packed my clothes, on the other side I packed my food plus a small portable blender (shown here in the upper right corner of the picture).
Here's a quick summary of which foods I included and why:
- LIVfit Superfood Blend - This is a good mix of vegetable proteins, plus a combination of dehydrated vegetables. If I had to use only one mix as a meal replacement or supplement, this would be it.
- Hemp Protein - Hemp Protein is the optimal vegetable protein because it contains all of the essential amino acids.
- Perfect Food - Perfect Food is the best powdered greens product I have found so far. A lot of the competitors use a lot of cheap fillers and I don't like that. Perfect Food is mostly powdered wheatgrass (which is gluten-free, FYI), plus a host of additional healthy ingredients. The taste is not good though, so if this is an issue for you then I would recommend the version in capsules.
- Ground Flax Seeds - Keeps the digestive system running smoothly while providing Omega-3 to your body. I strongly prefer flax seeds over chia seeds because they are easier on your digestive system.
- Ground Nettle - Nettle is my herbal tea of choice. It is naturally caffeine-free, settles the stomach, and provides an additional source of greens in your diet.
- Almonds / Brazil Nuts / Pistachios - Nuts in general make excellent snacks while also storing quite well at room temperature.
- Beef Jerky - Beef Jerky is great if you can find a brand that doesn't add soy nor sugar. This is difficult to find, so I plan to start making my own in my dehydrator.
- Raw Honey - You want unfiltered as well as raw to get all the nutritional goodness from the honey.
- Good Coffee - You will thank me when you aren't drinking burnt gas station coffee at any time on your trip.
- For this particular trip I also packed peanut butter, but subsequent tests on myself indicated that I needed to remove peanuts entirely from my diet because they were making me itchy a few hours later.
In my carry-on bag, I packed dehydrated apples and dehydrated okra so could have ready access to both sweet and salty options. I plan to describe in detail how to make these and other awesome dehydrated snacks in a future article.
As an aside, I usually try to avoid plastic bags, but in the case of traveling I am not aware of a more convenient food storage option in terms of ability to fit into luggage. I feel guilty about using them, but for now, I do.
The end result of all this preparation was that avoided eating crappy airport food entirely and I saved money on my trip overall by only going out when I wanted to eat with my friends and family to connect with them socially. Hopefully you find these ideas helpful when packing for your next trip so you can stay in optimal health during your adventures!