How to Make Traveling With Your Food Easy
We all know how important it is to eat healthy food, but traveling can present certain challenges. When you’re at home, eating your healthy prepped food is super easy - you just take it out, heat it up, and eat it. But what about when you’re not at home? How do you pack your food for the day or an even longer trip?
It’s not always easy, but it is relatively simple and so worth it to maintain your healthy eating regimen, especially if you have specific health or fitness related goals. That’s why so I’m going to share with you some tips and products that I have used to make traveling with my healthy food easier.
First, you need to have meal containers that make it easy to pack your food for traveling. There are many different options for meal containers, and you can find great options on Amazon or at WalMart or Sam’s. Here are the ones that I recently bought at Sam’s for an amazing price - 25 containers for around $7!! You can’t get that anywhere else.
Next, you need a good cooler bag to travel with your meals. There are several brands out there, so you can look at each to see what fits your preference. I’ll talk about the few that I’ve tried and give you my honest feedback on each.
First, Six Pack Fitness Bags. I’ve used one of their bags, and to be very honest, I thought the quality was lacking. It didn’t hold up very well and started to tear apart family quickly.
Second, FitMark Bags. I’ve never used one of their simple cooler bags, but I do have one of their gym bags with a small cooler pack built in. It holds 2 meals, so that’s pretty convenient even though I don’t use it that way. I do love the gym bag and use it every day. It comes with containers that are odd for meals because they’re very tall containers, so I didn’t find those useful for normal meal prep.
Last, Isolator Fitness Bags. I absolutely LOVE my Isobag. I have one of the 3 meal bags and it has everything I need. It holds 3-4 meals easily, with space for a water bottle and shaker but on the sides, and utensils or supplements in the top compartment. I’m definitely a little partial to the this bag!
After you have the containers and cooler bag, now it’s time to actually pack for your trip. If you’re going on a day trip, to work or running errands, this is relatively simple. Make sure your meals are prepped in the containers and ready to go, pack them in the bag with a couple of cooler packs, and you’re basically good to go. Don’t forget your water, protein shake or other supplements, and utensils.
If you’re going on a trip where you need to pack food for multiple days, the process is a little different. Here’s what I do. Make sure you pack what you need immediately in containers as usual and in your cooler bag. The meat for other days needs to be portioned out and packaged separately in ziploc bags and frozen ahead of time. Your food like rice and oatmeal that’s easily cooked once you get to your destination can just be bagged uncooked and packed. Once you get there, you’re going to need to make a quick stop at the grocery store to pick up fresh vegetables and eggs or egg whites. Don’t forget to pack or buy your other items, like almonds or peanut butter, protein shakes and shaker cups, and any other supplements that you like to have on hand.
Last, if you’re flying, what I’ve done is to pack my frozen portions of meat in a small cooler bag inside my checked bag. You can also take your cooler bag as your personal item on the plane, but you have to be very careful to pack your cooler packs last minute because they have to be frozen solid to get through security. Also be very conscious of what you’re packing in your cooler bag. If you have individually portions of powders or supplements, they are subject to be inspected and can cause delays. Just make sure you have extra time to get through security and you should be fine.
So there you have it, my tips and tricks to packing and traveling with your healthy food. I hope that helps make it a little less daunting to travel with your food.
Comment below if you have other tips that have worked for you.