On our recent trip to Kenya I made a real point to plan meals ahead for our 44 hours trip across the world. I thought I would share exactly what I packed and how I planned. I have come up with 5 tips, tricks, or ideas that made my trip to Kenya so much easier because we felt well fed and healthy. HOLLA! It also saved us a good amount of money because we didn’t buy any food in the airports.
- I packed two small insulated lunch bag for Joe and for myself with sponges soaked in water, placed in a ziplock bag, and then frozen. I had no problems getting them through TSA security check points at all. I also packed an extra gallon zip lock bag in each tote so that when the sponges thawed out, we could get a cup of ice in the airport layovers for cheap or for free to keep everything cold.
Okay, I’m going to just go ahead and say this was a stroke of genius. The morning we left I ordered two large house salads with grilled chicken from Dewey’s. I split them up into four small containers and ate them for lunch and dinner for the two travel days. IT WAS DELICIOUS and who doesn’t feel good after eating a salad? I highly recommend doing this for your next trip!
I went to our favorite sushi place the day before we left and got 2 California Rolls and 2 Veggie Rolls (we didn’t get any real raw fish because we didn’t want it to go bad) and packed them in small rubbermaid containers.
Joe’s favorite food EVER is fresh pita and hummus. So I packed a small container of hummus and a pack of pita bread in his lunch tote. I also had fresh peeled and cut carrots, celery, cucumbers, and bell peppers for dipping in the hummus and snacking.
I packed a wide supply of Trader Joe’s dried fruits, my favorite: dried mango, coconut strips, orange cranberries, uncrystallized candied ginger, dried cherries, dried strawberries, and their apple fruit bars. ( THE BESTTTTTTTTY BEST BEST).
BE SURE TO STAY HYDRATED! Yes it means running to the tiny lavatory on board but it’s worth feeling good. We pack two empty nalgene bottles and fill them up at the filling stations in most airports. I also always pack a good supply of tea bags to ensure I stay hydrated on the flight. The flight attendants will always give you hot water.
Here are some idea’s I’m looking forward to try on our next long (or short) plane rides
-DIY Charcuterie Board – I’m thinking of buying and slice a fresh loaf of bread, pack a nice hunk of cheese – probably white cheddar with dill, figs, a few dried Italian meats like a good salami, summer sausage, and prosciutto, mixed nuts, flatbread crackers, some olives, and a little container of olive oil to dip the bread in! Doesn’t that sound dreamy??
-Costco Quino Salad
-Chicken Salad and Croissants
-DIY Oatmeal for breakfasts- Instant oats, nuts, dried berries, etc. (they’ll always provide you with hot water if you ask)
What are you in flight food secrets? I would LOVE to hear!