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    I am planning a three day trip with my husband on Thursday this week, all of the tips are great, I took notes and have a list in hand to go shopping with. Thank you all. On the jerking thing, is it good to have or not? I use to make it quite a bit but I thought the sodium is what preserved it and made it safe to eat. I never heard of low sodium jerky. Any comments would be helpful. I am leaving this very cold weather and heading south for some warm sunshine!!! Thank heavens!
  • LADYBLUE1992
    After talking with several over the road friends it was suggested not to eat heavy meals while traveling on the road. Stop every 200 miles, take a 15 minute break, Wash your hands and face, and stretch... I made a 1080 miles trips in under 18 hours ALONE and felt great when I got there. My cooler had small portions of fruit, meat, and wheat products. Just a nibble was all I needed. and water, again this is so important.
  • 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.
    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~

    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.
    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.

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