While travelling, most people usually want to feel carefree and not worry about packing messy edibles for the journey. But whether you are taking a flight or going for a road trip, you will get hungry and buying food is not always a good idea. Not only can it be expensive, it can be unhealthy as well. Hence, it pays in the long run to pack some hassle-free and nutritious foods before you venture out for a vacation, business trip or camping. Here are some snack ideas that can work wonders for your taste buds as well as health:
Fresh and dried fruits – Pack some firm apples, pears, bananas and oranges for your trip. These are rich in vitamins, minerals, dietary fibers and will also give you energy. Dried fruits like cashews, almonds, raisins, apricots, walnuts are extremely nutritious and will keep you feeling full for long. Avoid fruits that dent easily or are too juicy.
Protein/granola/fruit bars – These come in compact packages and will take up very little space in your luggage. You can unpack one whenever you want and munch on to satiate hunger without having to deal with liquid messes. These bars are high in energy, but choose sugar-free ones if you are diabetic.
Sandwiches and wraps – Use a sandwich maker to prepare sandwiches of your choice or simply make some wraps. You can use eggs, chicken, veggies or even peanut butter, jam and cheese for the filling. Just wrap them in aluminum foils and stash them in your bag, and you are good to go.
Hard-boiled eggs – These never fail as they perfectly easy to prepare and carry along. Eggs are loaded with protein and taste great with just a pinch of salt or pepper! No hassle!
Whole grain cookies – These cookies are rich in dietary fibers, low in fat and will satisfy hunger pangs during travelling with ease. Choose unsweetened or salty ones if you have blood sugar.
Cheese crackers – Who doesn’t love munching on these while waiting for a delayed flight or when stuck in the traffic? Crackers provide protein and very tasty too.
Dark chocolate – This is good news for everyone with a sweet tooth. Dark chocolate tastes delicious and is good for your heart when consumed in moderation. It will give you instant energy as well.
Muffins and brownies – Bake your own or buy from the bakery you love. Though these are sweet and have fat, they can be great treats on a tiring trip. Make them a few days before the trip and then freeze them.
String cheese – Do pack some of these if you are travelling with kids. String cheese tastes great and can provide your little ones the calcium they need. Just wrap a thinly sliced ham or turkey deli around a string cheese stick to make a delicious snack.
Seeds – Pumpkin, sunflower or chia seeds are powerful sources of protein, fibers, omega-3 fatty acids and essential micronutrients. Have a small handful to keep your tummy from growling. You can add them to your sandwiches or wraps too.
Rice cakes – These are perfect hunger-busters if you cannot stop for lunch somewhere. Just spread your favorite sauce, dipping or cheese on them and enjoy! Smoked salmon, bean dips and chives go well with them.
Popcorn or popcorn chips – It is always fun to munch on popcorn, even if you are not watching a movie. Their crispy and buttery taste is enjoyable during journeys and it won’t make you feel heavy also.
Biscuits and pretzels – Carry them with you if you can pack them in robust airtight containers. Or else, they might break. They are dry food items that cause no mess and are easy to procure.
To drink – Take enough water with you, as nothing else can be a better quencher of thirst. Coconut water, low sugar juice bottles, and tea or coffee are other options to enjoy your trip without any hassle. Naturally sweetened sodas are a healthy option too.
If you are looking for more ideas, consider taking hummus, ranch or guacamole with you in small airtight containers. You can enjoy them with chips, wraps, breads, crackers and more. A lunch box filled with assorted boiled veggies is also a great idea. Consider carrots, broccoli, peas, celery, and cherries for this.
While you are busy gathering the right foods for an enjoyable trip or vacation, don’t forget essentials like old grocery bags or plastics, paper towels, baby wipes, ziplock bags and hand sanitizer. Extra bottles can do you good as well. It is crucial to maintain proper hygiene and dispose waste responsibly while you are travelling. Use sanitizer before and after every meal and use wipes to clean up kids and pets easily. Paper towels will come in handy in case of spills or a dirty car seat. So, be ready and bon voyage!