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Between health and cost concerns, I’ve always been one to prepare snacks and meals ahead of travel. Taking food with me has become my signature. Food that packs well isn’t just for traveling, I’ve taken healthy grab and go foods to music festivals, events where I might get hungry, and hiking. As a gluten-free individual, it can be hard to find food I can eat when I need it, so I always have something with me. Bringing and making your own food while traveling is also a great way to save money when you budget travel.
Gluten free alternatives are linked!
As a kid, the cooler full of food was my favorite part of road trips; my mom would pack snacks and meals easy to eat while driving. The best foods for traveling in a car don’t require utensils or a plate as these things take up valuable space and are hard to clean.
- Grape tomatoes
- Bell peppers
- Boiled eggs :: pre-peeled
- Kebabs :: remove the stick to have bite size pieces without the safety hazard of a stick
- Celery and peanut butter packets
- Deli meat with cheese dipped in hummus
- Wraps :: gluten free tortillas
- Egg salad sandwich :: gluten free bread
- Mini Babybel cheese
- Cheese, crackers, and sausage :: an adult Lunchable
- Frittata :: eat it like like a pizza and it’s utensil free!
Grab and Go Foods
Airport food is expensive and plane food is even more expensive so I like to bring my own meals and snacks for international flights. The best foods to take on a long flight are portable and travel well without refrigeration. Filling on-the-go meals or high protein snacks are also great for when you don’t want to interrupt your sightseeing. Local cuisine is great, but sometimes I don’t want to stop what I’m doing to find food.
- RXBars, Larabars, Epic Bars, ProBar
- Protein powder + water
- Fruit and nut trail mix
- Beef jerky
- Roasted chickpeas
- Bare Apple Chips
- Packaged olives
- Apple and peanut butter
- Plantain chips
- Dried mango
- Roasted Edamame
- Peanut butter sandwich:: with gluten-free bread
- Chicken salad sandwich:: with gluten-free bread
- BLT sandwich:: with gluten-free bread
- Eggplant and grilled chickpea wrap:: gluten-free tortillas
- Protein pancakes
- Fig, honey, and sticky rice cakes
Easy Meals to Prep On Vacation
No one wants to spend their vacation cooking and doing dishes (if you do, contact me – I’ll let you cook and do dishes on vacation with me), but health and budget-conscious travelers may prefer to cook a few simple meals rather than eat out every meal. I like to pack a few nonperishables when traveling abroad and pick up fresh ingredients at a local grocery store to make quick no-hassle meals. All of these meals contain minimal ingredients and can be made in a limited kitchen; cook in bulk to make meals even easier the remainder of the trip!
- Oatmeal :: regular or instant packets
- Rice & beans
- Fruit, yogurt, and granola
- Breakfast tacos :: gluten free tortillas
- Fried rice
- Skillet fried potato, sausage, onion
- Beef and broccoli stir fry
- Spaghetti or any pasta with a pre-made sauce :: gluten free noodles
- Tacos :: gluten free tortillas
- Simple chili :: ground beef, canned beans, Rotel, chili powder and other seasonings
- Currywurst :: bratwurst and ketchup mixed with curry-powder
- Broccoli, rice, and chicken casserole
If you’re like me you don’t sleep a wink on planes, so those long international flights are brutal and snacking is one way to fight off the boredom. I may be health conscious, but all bets are off when I’m running on no sleep, jet lag, and no coffee. Enjoy these healthier options for satisfying your sweet tooth.
- Dark chocolate.
- Chocolate covered fruit or nuts.
- Pure Fruit Strips :: They taste like fruit roll ups, but made with real ingredients
- Super Hero Muffins :: replace raisins with chocolate chips to make it a sweet treat
- Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups
- Sahale Glazed Nuts
- Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies