Most times during the work week, I have at least two meals packed with me to eat at work, or class, or the library (shhhh). So I figured it wouldn’t be difficult to pack food for a plane trip. Not only would I save some money, but I would start my vacation with healthy momentum.
Preparing food for travel does have a few different logistics though. First, since I was going to be gone for a week, I had made an effort to use up most of my perishable food, so I didn’t have many ingredients on hand. I also wouldn’t have access to a microwave, and then there is that whole liquids rule for airport security. At 11pm the night before my flight, when I was still trying to pack my suitcase, I began to have second thoughts about this plan, but I forged ahead.
By the time I left my house and got to the airport, it was already 8am and past my usual breakfast time, but I figured I’d go through security first. Lesson learned: yogurt is not allowed under the liquids rule. But that meant I could rationalize purchasing a Starbucks latte, and breakfast was finally served at the gate, just prior to my first flight: a banana and almond butter sandwich on a Pepperidge Farm Bagel Thin.
My first flight was an uneventful 3ish hours, and I sipped some water while I smelled this incredibly wonderful herbal tea from the passenger next to me. Lesson learned: bring my favorite tea bags. I did snag a bag of Biscoff cookies though! When I arrived at my interim destination, I took a few laps of the terminal to stretch my legs, check out the bookstore, and purchase a beverage. Soon enough, it was time for lunch: a bulgur and zucchini salad with a Diet Coke, and those amazing little cookies. The zucchini was the last of my fresh produce, so I soaked some bulgur, added the diced zucchini, and tossed it with some olive oil and balsamic.
I got on my second flight, which was also uneventful, and drank more water. While it did require extra effort to bring my food with me, I arrived at my destination feeling great, and ready to begin my vacation. Conveniently, it was happy hour, and my first stop was a wine tasting. More posts coming this week which detail some of my adventures, and of course, new recipes!