Travel Lightly

Tomorrow afternoon I’m heading to Chicago for the weekend. Whenever I travel someplace that is more than an hour away, whether by car, train, or plane, I always make sure to take snacks with me. And I recommend you do the same. You never know when you’ll get hungry or what kind of food options you’ll have in the airport or at a rest stop. Here are my recommendations for how to eat well on the road:

  • Bring snacks:
    • Fruit and nuts. Apples are my go-to fruit choice when I travel because they’re not messy and they have a lot of fiber, which keeps me full. Be sure to portion out nuts into resealable bags, otherwise you may take in too many calories.
    • Trailmix. This combo of dried fruit and nuts will keep you full, but again be sure to portion it out.
    • Granola bars. My favorite are Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Bars. With 140 calories, 5 grams of healthy unsaturated fat, 4 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of sugar, these bars will keep you satiated until you get to your next meal.
    • Part-skim string cheese. Combined with a piece of fruit or baby carrots, this is a great on-the-go snack. Unless it’s a hot day and you have a long trip ahead, the cheese should last you a couple of hours.
  • Choose wisely in the food court. Most airports and rest-stops have a coffee place like Starbucks where you can get a latte with skim milk, which will provide you with calcium and protein. If there’s a sandwich vendor, opt for whole wheat bread with turkey or look for a small fruit and yogurt parfait made with low-fat yogurt.
  • Hydrate. Traveling, especially by plane, can lead to dehydration, so be sure to drink plenty of water. Limit sodas (even diet), which can further dehydrate you.

What do you eat when you’re on the road or in the air?

6 Responses to Travel Lightly


  1. Trail mix! With abandon. :)

  2. nutrition to kitchen says:

    I’m always making sandwiches and pack along dried fruit and nuts to snack on while I’m in the air. Since all my flights are more than 5 hours usually, I’ll find myself starving, spending more money than needed, and with less healthy choices had I not taken the necessary precautions! :) Have a good trip!

  3. After spending 3-4 days on the road taking my son to college in August, I thought I’d write a post like this, too. Haven’t got around to it yet, but will link to this one because you’ve said just about everything I would. My currently favorite bars are Larabars.

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  5. yakup says:

    Interesting, I`ll quote it on my site later….

  6. Niche Topics says:

    Definitely granola bars! :)

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