5 Ways to Eat Healthy While Traveling

5 Ways to Eat Healthy While Traveling

I’m a seasoned traveler. I can pack a carry-on bag with enough clothes for two weeks. I’m skilled at picking the shortest security line. And I have enough frequent flier miles to travel around the world.

The thing I haven’t quite mastered is eating healthy while on the road. I often find myself eating an unrecognizable airplane meal or ordering a basket of Buffalo wings from the hotel’s late night room service menu.

Over the past few months, I’ve made a conscious effort to eat better while I’m on the road. But it hasn’t been an easy task. It has required some additional planning and will-power.

Here are a few of the changes I’ve made to make sure that I eat healthy while traveling:

Get an early flight

Try to fly out as early as you can to make sure you arrive at your destination before nightfall because most restaurants close around 10pm on weeknights. If you arrive after everything is closed, your only options will be fast food joints. Eating a greasy burger right before bedtime is not a good way to end the night.

Eat before you leave home

For the most part, airport food courts offer high-calorie, high-fat options. Eat before you go to the airport so you won’t be tempted to scarf down a tub of cheese fries.

Pack snacks

Packing your own snacks is economical and convenient. I carry a bag of Pistachio Trail Mix, Power Crunch Peanut Butter Fudge Bar, and some beef jerky. These snacks keep me from feeling hungry and prevent me from raiding the minibar or buying high-priced snack boxes aboard the plan.

Stay hydrated

Flying dehydrates you, so you need to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. An added benefit of drinking water is that it will help you to feel full longer.

Take your vitamins and supplements

Before every trip, I pack a pill case (or plastic bag) with the vitamins and supplements I’ll need for each day I’ll be traveling. My go-to supplements are Men’s Multi-Vitamins, Vitamin C, and Omega-3 Fish Oil. Choose the supplements that work best for you.

Order healthy options

Many people like to indulge when they travel, especially if they have a generous expense account. A periodic splurge is okay, but you shouldn’t eat rib-eye steaks and loaded baked potatoes every night. Look for healthier menu options such as salads, soups, steamed vegetables, and lean meats. Your expense account and your waistline will thank you.


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  1. Araina S.
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Shopping often takes a long time and along the way we all get hungry and I have found that packing healthy snacks goes a long way to curbside their hunger.Frederick thanks for the advice on flying early, thus making sure you can find a restaurant to eat at instead of fast food. I don’t fly much but this is something I will keep in mind when we start travelling. Another snack that I pack is raisins, various cut fruits such as apples, strawberries, and grapes to name a few when we go out grocery shopping as a family.

  2. Araina S.
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    I made the mistake of eating that Power Crunch Peanut Butter Fudge Butter sold by Puritan’s Pride at night and I could not sleep for nothing. There are a lot of products that claim it gives you energy but often times fall short but this one truly worked.

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