Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I'm Going On a Trip...What Should I Take?

We just got back from Phoenix, AZ where we met up with friends to cheer on The Oregon Ducks...they didn't win, but we had a great time, nonetheless. But, this post is about food, not football so here we go. We flew from Dallas to Phoenix and knew that we would be on the go for most of the trip. We also knew that we would be traveling with friends, would be hanging out in heavily-populated areas, and may not always get to eat when we wanted. So...since I like to be prepared, this is what I packed*:
You can also take along:
  • Turkey or other Lunch Meat
  • Lettuce (wrapped in paper towel, for wrapping turkey or other meat)
  • Sliced Cucumber, Jicama, Celery, and/or Carrots (for dipping)
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Baba Ghanoush
*You can bring food, as long as it fits in your carry-on, and liquid (i.e. dressings, vinaigrettes, sauces...), as long as they are in <3oz containers and will fit in a quart-sized Ziploc bag. 

Since I empathize with my fellow passengers, I refrain from eating the oysters and/or eggs while in-flight. Since I don't eat them on the plane, I pack them in my checked luggage. I seal the eggs in FoodSaver bags and pack them away for later. 

Other than food, I pack the following:
  • Insulated Bag/s (for carrying my food on the plane and/or in my checked luggage)
  • Ice Pack (for the plane ride to my destination)
  • Ziploc Bags (for ice in my hotel room and for keeping food cool, on the go)
  • Klean Kanteen Water Bottle
  • S/S Insulated Coffee Mug
  • Camping Spork (AKA Foon...yes, I've seen them called Foons...)
We traveled with friends and stayed in four hotels, in four days...it can be done. We had a mini fridge in 3/4 of our hotels so I was good to go, but know that this is not always the case. Call the hotel where you'll be staying and request to have a fridge in your room; if you don't have access to a fridge, just pack everything on ice using the Ziploc bags you've brought along with you. 

What do you take along for the ride?

6 comments:

dirthuckster said...

This is great! Thanks!
-Natasha

Such Lovely Freckles said...

I'm on my fourth day of my new "Paleo life". I love how I feel already, and I'm so amazed at how much I'm allowed to eat. I do have some headaches, but understand this happens because of the detoxing my body is going through.
This is exciting. My friend Bonni recommended your blog to me. Will be back!! :)

Nadia said...

Go ducks! Glad to see it's been done, this is really helpful for all our little weekend trips;) thanks!

Scott said...

Hmmm, looks like Jen left out the big bottle of Grey Goose Vodka I snuck in!!

jencereghino said...

I didn't experience too many negative side effects, but I've heard that the "detox" can get ugly for some (I seem to remember a moment with Scott and a McDonald's ice cream cone...). I never really ate too many processed foods and found my biggest challenge to be "What am I going to eat, if not beans, grains, and legumes!?". Thankfully, I figured it out and feel SO MUCH BETTER!!!

Scott was another story; although he eats what I make for him, it was a challenge to get him to try most veggies and he had a difficult time adjusting to not having cheese in his eggs. His biggest challenge though, was limiting sugar, soda (he had switched to diet...still BAD!), fast food, and dessert. He travels a lot and found that fast food was the "easiest" way to fuel his hunger. He has since discovered, with regard to eating on the road, that (1) it's just as easy to run into the grocery store for meat and and apple and (2) he can order his burger without the bun and it's not all that bad.

Scott was able to ease his way into Paleo eating and is now experiencing the benefits. He now looks at it as a lifestyle, rather than a diet, and has found ways to incorporate these changes into his travel eating.

I hope that the headaches have subsided and that you're beginning to experience the benefits of this way of eating. Thanks for stopping by!

~Jen

jencereghino said...

Natasha~ You're welcome!

Nadia~ Sad for The Ducks, but what a great game! I'm actually a fan by marriage. :) I'm glad that this will be helpful.

Scott~ Oh, Scott...