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  • 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. - 1/12/2009 1:00:17 AM
  • 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. - 1/12/2009 12:47:18 AM
    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! - 1/11/2009 11:18:24 PM
  • 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. - 1/11/2009 6:15:26 PM
  • 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). - 12/29/2008 2:11:17 PM
  • This idea is great when DRIVING, but not so when flying!!!! You CAN NOT take food on the plane... - 12/11/2008 8:11:23 PM
  • Great Article! Just wish I had read this BEFORE my vacation, instead of immediately AFTER! ~lol~

    Ann - 9/21/2008 10:34:56 PM
    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. - 9/7/2008 7:27:16 AM
  • 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. - 8/6/2008 10:50:44 AM
  • Great article. - 7/24/2008 12:30:34 AM
    We are truckers and I have been wondering about this fact. This is extreamly helpful. - 7/16/2008 9:51:59 AM
  • 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. - 7/16/2008 9:22:18 AM
    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! - 7/15/2008 7:35:50 PM
  • 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! - 7/15/2008 4:23:04 PM
    Yes, great article. I noticed that I use travelling as an excuse to eat poorly - expensive veggie burgers and french fries at the airport. But once I travelled across the states and mostly ate yogurt, fruit, nuts out of my cooler. Boiled eggs are good for long plane trips as well. This is a great reminder that holidays are not carte blanche for going off one's diet. - 7/15/2008 12:55:44 PM

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