Over the last few years, I’ve become (unwillingly) quite the frequent flier. Checked bag? Never. Middle seat? No way. Always upgraded to first class? Er, haven’t quite figured that one out yet.
But what I do know is that ever since airlines gave up serving food to passengers, more and more people are bringing on smellier, greasier and overpackaged food onto the planes. It can, to say the least, be rather disgusting.
But trying to be a healthier flier and still travel light, I find myself always bringing the same things on the plane with me each time. Here’s my Top 4 picks:
1. Soy Jerky. I’m a vegetarian, but sometimes a bag of nuts just won’t do. This stuff is great…high protein, low carbs, a little savory/sweet….perfect for the plane. Comes in many different flavors and the stuff is vacuum packed, so it stays fresh forever.
2. Emergen-C Packets. Comes in many different fruity flavors; just add to a bottle of water and shake. I swear, whenever I feel a cold coming on, I just chug a bottle of this stuff and I feel better. It’s loaded with B vitamins too, which gives you an added boost of real energy. I buy this stuff by the box and just carry the little packets with me wherever I go.
3. Nile dried soups. Okay, I don’t bring this everytime, but during the winter months, it’s perfect. Just ask the flight attendant to fill it with hot water and stir (you need a spoon). A few minutes later, you have hot soup. Lentil, minestrone, black bean are all great… and it’s a real meal instead of some in-flight snack box full of cookies, chips and who knows what.
4. Lara Bars. Love these. These are raw food bars with an ingredients list that is usually no more than 3 ingredients long. Cherry Pie bar is just cashews, dried cherries and figs (I think). They are sweet, but sweetened naturally… We all know the raw food diet is good for you… here’s a simpler and easier way to embrace it.
So, what am I missing? What do you always travel with? I’ll try it the next time I fly!