Are you going on any day trips during Spring Break? Worried about keeping your nutrition in check? How are you going to eat healthy while traveling?
We were recently invited on a weekend getaway! Awesome, sounds amazing. However, I have been hitting it like a rock star with my food goals and I’m not sure what kind of food options will be available.
Oh no, what am I going to do? I definitely want to try to stay in check!
If you are anything like me you find it really hard to resist fried food, anything and everything covered in cheese, and decadent desserts. It’s not so hard staying away from these treats at home but when you’re out on the road and having a good time, it’s another story!
Through trial and error I have found the best way to keep making awesome improvements is to never be starving! I mean never! If I’m starving I’m going to eat whatever is in sight, aren’t you?
Don’t despair be prepared!
Lol yep I’m a dork, but how many times have you heard failing to plan is planning to fail? It’s not bad advice. So I have no idea if we will be eating out and what type accommodations we are going to be staying in. If you ever travel I’m pretty sure you situation has probably been similar.
Here is what I’m going to do and it will work for you as well! Pack your snacks and meals so you can always eat healthy while traveling.
Prepare for a Weekend Road Trip
Length of Trip
• Decide how long you will be gone and how often you need to eat. We plan on being gone most of the day Friday and all day Saturday. That will be 3 meals each day and 2 snacks each day. So I will need a grand total of 6 meals and 4 snacks.
Eating At Restaurants
• How to Survive Restaurants and not Look Silly. I’m sure we are going to be eating out at least some of the time, unless everyone is packing food! Try your best to pick 2 healthy choices at a restaurant and one that is whatever you want. It the food that is going to nourish you most first, then go ahead and go for your indulgence.
Feed Your Friends
• Make sure you pack extra snacks for friends. These 6 meals and 4 snacks should give me plenty of extra to share since some of the eating will be at restaurants. Once you pull out something to eat your friends bellies will rumble as well, so pack extra snacks to keep everyone happy. I’m guessing I will be over packing but better safe than sorry right?
What to Pack For A Weekend Road Trip
So assuming I have access to water I should be able to pack oatmeal and protein powder for my breakfast.
Lunch I’m going to pack some tuna pouches and a vegetable. I believe I will go with celery as it should hold up to being packed around.
Snacks for 2 snacks I’m going to pack apples and almonds and a couple of oranges. I have some roasted edamame so I will be taking that as well.
Snap peas, mini sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes and beef jerky. Just like steak and veggies right?
The Best Foods For Traveling
- Hardy items. Try not to pick anything super soft or fragile. These items should all travel well as long as I put them in a proper container so they don’t get squished.
- Do not need Climate Control. Most of these vegetables and fruit should hold up for the amount of time we will be traveling and shouldn’t need refrigerated.
- You Don’t Need your own Trash Can. There isn’t a ton of waste to throw away from these meals. Pick items that are low on trash. Think celery, cucumber, grapes, and carrots. You can eat everything except for what you pack them in.
- Say No to Strong Odor. The tuna may cause a few problems because of its strong odor so I may give this one a bit more thought before deciding for sure to pack it. Think about where you will going and what you will be doing. If you are going to be riding in a vehicle for a long period of time, you may want to stay away from foods that are rather smelly.
- No Cooking Required. Most of the time when you are going on a trip you are running around trying to get everything in order even if you will only be gone a couple of days. Make you packing a little less stressful with items that don’t need cooked!
- What am I going to drink? I will stay hydrated with a mix of water and flavor drops. I recently discovered some light Arnold Palmer drops but it looks like they are getting discontinued so I might make it back to Walgreen’s before they sell out I might not! Bring a long a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. If you are worried about drinking water in new locations, grab a six pack of bottles to bring along.