Whether it’s snowy mountain peaks, ocean-front views, or hot sandy deserts, you need food to fuel your journey! Most people forget how tiring the physical act of delivering yourself to a new place is, and while traveling, the last thing you want is to be caught without food! I feel my immune system and digestive tract are actually more sensitive when I travel too, so I usually try to be as healthy as possible in order to have a better trip all around.
Portable and nutrient-dense, I’ve eaten these snacks on cramped buses, rocky boats, and in multiple airport gates;
1. Portable Fruit
Fruit is one of the easiest and healthiest snacks out there, but when packing it’s important to be mindful of the fruit’s durability. Apples are my number one recommendation, but I get it if you want a little variety. Clementine’s are easy because they are small and easy to peel, sometimes full sized oranges can get too messy, plus your hands need a wash afterwards. Grapes are good if they live at the top of your bag. I would avoid bananas and berries unless they are in a structured container… don’t want any explosions in your carry-on!
Whether they are plain, roasted, sliced, or mixed, nuts are one of the best travel snacks there are! I love making my own trail mix with a bit of dried fruit in it. Making your own not only gives you full control of what’s in it, it also allows you to play and find your favorite mix! My absolute favorite mix has almonds, pumpkin seeds, and raisins!
Light, crunchy, and sometimes just what you need, popcorn is a fun travel snack that you can doll up on your own! Airpop your own kernel, then spice it up by trying one of these fun blends: Popcorn
4. Walnut pate
Craving something a bit savory on your journey? I’ve been obsessing over Walnut Pate lately, super easy to make and goes great with crackers. Just mix 1/2c walnuts, 2 tbs tamari, 1 clove garlic, a pinch of lemon juice or onion powder in a food processor, then slowly add water until it reaches a paste consistency you like. Best part? No refrigeration needed because unlike a classic pate, it’s meat free!
5. Homemade Granola Bars
I don’t know about you, but the convenience of a granola bar just really can’t be beat. But, instead of store-bought options with tons of hidden sugar, I suggest you make your own. Again, you have a ton of creative freedom here to experiment, but I like this recipe
6. Raw Veggies
Seems obvious, but sometimes people forget that throwing a vegetable medley in your bag is really the best option to ensure you get all your servings in when you travel. Try mixing peas pods, carrots, broccoli, bell peppers, or cucumber together for a nutrient boost to get you to your destination!
7. Ants on a log
Let’s throw it back to our childhood and remember the joy of this classic snack. Just as fun to make as it is to eat, ants on a log is a perfect travel snack for both you and your kids. For an added twist, try using goji berries on top!
8. Chia seed pudding
Want something a bit different from bars or mixes? Chia seed pudding is a great option, especially for breakfast, that is completely vegan! Be careful though, this needs to be in a good container… there’s a spill advisory. Start your morning off bright with this key-lime version I found.
9. Savory Muffins
Muffins in general are a good option for travel since they are perfectly portioned and quite hearty. For a fun twist on a breakfast classic, I like these savory sweet potato muffins for an on-the-go lunch or dinner!
10. Meal Delivery Services
Have a refrigerator in your hotel room? Perfect! Now more than ever there are meal delivery services that accommodate any type of diet, and the convenience of having them delivered to your end destination takes the pressure off finding meals on-the-go. Try Hungry Root or Purple Carrot to start!
All of these things will stave off the inevitable Hanger that comes with long travel days, and can be bought most anywhere in the world (minus the peanut butter… we Americans are just crazy for the stuff). So remember, enjoy the journey AND the destination.
Travel safe y’all!