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  • 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!
    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.
    I loved this article and I have traveled all over the world. I personally say no to alcohol. It is better all the way around - including your waist line! Once some friends had to throw away their fruit at the customs border in Canada - I would be careful about carrying fresh fruit over state lines - I choose low calorie/whole grain options with cereal, etc. I started bringing my own food when I it cost me $10 for an egg salad sandwich at the airport -- how many dozen eggs will $10 buy??
    This article came just as I was about to fly and then drive across it was especially helpful. I took a lot of healthy snacks for the car trip and a few for the plane ride. I'll make sure to follow their advice and drink plenty of fluids as I had heard that flying can leave you dehydrated. I hope to be able to stop and take some stretch breaks with the car trip. Nice article. Thank you.
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    My husband and I are in our 80's and fond of taking long auto trips. We stay in motels that include breakfast and eat lunch from our cooler. So we eat the evening meal in a restaurant after we choose the motel for the night. In the cooler we carry sandwich fixin's , fresh fruit, and cookies, cereal bars, or anything else I have on hand that will serve as a low fat dessert. Suggestions appreciated.
  • good tips. i spend long days at work and then at the gym, school or church and i am very hungry once i start the drive home. i was going to mcdonalds for the quick meal but we all know what that did to me!! lol
    Skip the wine altogether, mainly because it's plonk, and get a can of Tomato juice and an extra water. Then, when everyone is watching a idiotic movie and the aisles are clear, go down to the galley, green tea bags in hand , and ask for a cup of hot water and you are set. And you can share the goodness, get your circulation going and waste a bit of time.
    This has been helpful. I have two five hour flights to plan for in the next months and cannot pack yogurt, juice, or fruit because of TSA guidelines, so I take my empty Nalgene along to fill after security, a packet of nuts and dried fruit and multi-grain crackers with peanut butter. Sometimes a sandwich just isn't possible.
    I am planning on a cross continent flight soon and needed a littl emore info. this came at the right time. Thanks.
  • This is one of the better articles I have read on SparkPeople - thank you for the helpful hints!
  • Thanks! It gave me some fundamentals, but a little around business travel, eating out, packing for flying, staying in hotels would also be helpful for us frequent flyers.
  • My daughter and I drove cross-country from NM to NY then less than 2 months later back again and a few later than that from NM to Idaho. We had a grand time; we really did! We had most of our meals at a Subway's where we could get the healthier fare. Their low-fat sandwiches were great for us and would last us two meals. I agree that the healthy snacks in the car are a must too, as well as making sure you drink enough. It was a super bonding experience between a 16-year-old and her Mom!
    Yes, water is good. Add a Crystal Light or similar to help motivate you to drink more. But the rest? Nuts & granola are too high in fat and calories. If you are on a diet, forget 'em. Many so called 'energy bars' are quite often not that different from a candy bar based on calorie/fat content. You really MUST to read the label on the bar. Many have as many calories and fat grams as a frozen meal! Keep them under 150 cal. As a an airline pilot, I have learned to eat on the go. For travel get bags of jerky, tuna & low fat cracker packs, pull top soups (still good even if room temp) sliced apples or baby carrots or lean lunch meats with some low fat string cheese (pack in zip locks with ice).
    This article has some very good points. I know when we travel we are always rushing. Next time we fly I will pack some healthy snacks in my carryon.
    I like the article. I think it is interesting to learn that being dehydrated caused fatigue!

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