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  • i like peanutbutter on whole wheat because it doesn't get soggy. im also a huge fan of nuts, and fruit (the original portable snack!!!). in airports or reststops, pretzels are pretty safe - just brush off most of the salt, and dont eat it with huge gobs of cheese or frosting on it!!! crackers, trail mix, cereals (like frosted mini wheats) are all good snacks!!!
  • I always bring those packets of Quaker Instant Oatmeal with me. I mix it with hot water that I makr in the coffee machine that every hotel room has.
  • I love grapes on a road trip in the car.............. instead of buying soda at the gas station I purchase lotto tickets........You know how you feel obliged to buy something when you use the restroom?? Maybe some day I'll win the lotto, lol.
  • SARAHANN32
    For some of you that travel for a living there is a group I just joined called Consulting Nomads. Where we consultants that have to travel a lot of work are talking about these sorts of things as well. It is hard when it is our day-to-day life. This is a good article as a first step. A lot of people don't know these common sense easy tips when they travel, even if it is a short distance - forget half way around the world. The water piece if key, and packing snacks is a great tip too. I grew up with my mom always packing a cooler for trips, so that part is engraved in my head from the beginning, too bad I don't always follow her lead on that.

    Thanks again for the article!
  • Whenever it is permitted by the airline, I order a diabetic meal in advance. That makes it possible to have whole wheat bread, fruit instead of a dessert, and a main course which is low in fat and sugar. I wonder why that is not the sort of thing every passenger gets.
  • I take food on planes all the time and have never had a problem. You just can't take things like yogurt (because they're close to a liquid apparently).
  • This idea is great when DRIVING, but not so when flying!!!! You CAN NOT take food on the plane...
  • Great Article! Just wish I had read this BEFORE my vacation, instead of immediately AFTER! ~lol~

    Ann
  • IMAGIN8
    I like the idea but I'm just not sure about taking food through the x-ray machines at the airport. A security guard once told me it wasn't safe to eat the food afterward. I'd appreciate some comment from the SparkPeople experts on that one.
  • I know these tips work because I followed several at a seven day conference just last week. I weighed in at my WW meeting on 8-5-08 and was pleasantly surprised to find I had lost 4.8 lbs.
  • IMINFLIGHT
    We are truckers and I have been wondering about this fact. This is extreamly helpful.
  • People think I’m weird because I take food with me. I have no problem packing certain non-perishable things in my suitcase. Then when I get where I’m going, I go shopping. I try to always get a hotel with a mini kitchen so I can refrigerate and cook as I please. That’s the best way to eat healthy. It’s so much of a chore eating healthy at a restaurant. Querying the server, talking to the Maître D or to the chef, that I just rather fix my own food that way I KNOW how many calories and I KNOW whether it is free of the things I asked them not to put in it. I maintain control. Sometimes you can’t help but eat out, and when I have to, I bite the bullet. But I try to keep it to a minimum and fix my own food when travelling.
  • DANDSGRANDMA
    Whenever we travel - long or short distances - the FIRST thing to go in the cooler is plenty of WATER! Then, the veggies, fruits, and nuts. Also satndard fare for many trips if jerky.....Yes - high in sodium, but low in fats and high in protein.
    If you want to control everything in the jerky - make your own! It's very easy, and you can be assured of what's in it. Our favorite......chicken and buffalo!
  • This was a great article! We go on long road trips at least once a year, and without fail I always get stomach aches and feel so drained. We are going on a trip this week and I will definately follow this advice!

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