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*:
- Leftover Chicken (for the flight there)
- 1lb Homemade Beef Jerky
- Smoked Oysters in Olive Oil (3 cans)
- Hard-Boiled Eggs (12)
- Avocado (smashed with fresh lemon juice)
- Raw Almonds and Currants
- Terra Sweet Potato Chips (not the best choice, but better than many other options and...Scott loves them)
- Flaked Coconut
- Tea (if you bring loose-leaf tea, bring a tea ball)
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)
- 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?