Wednesday 30 June 2021

3 Food and Drink Ideas to Pack for Any Vacation

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Are you hungry to get out and see the world, or are you just plain hungry? Maybe a little of both? With things slowly beginning to open back up and people keen to get out there to travel (whether that be in the UK or abroad) many of us have turned our minds to holiday planning, but what about the food? To ensure you can keep your belly full without breaking the banking on your next break try bringing along these tasty travel essentials...

Portable Snacks

Vacations are supposed to be times of rest and relaxation, but they often end up being a lot of work. Good, fun, energizing work, but work nonetheless. You might spend hours driving the highways, sprinting from airplane terminal to airplane terminal, or walking miles along a beachside boardwalk. It’s not uncommon to find yourself craving a snack in between meals; it’s better to bring something with you rather than hope there are affordable options wherever you end up.

Potato chips and candy bars from a gas station might seem like the obvious go-to here, but if you’re packing ahead of time, you might as well bring some healthy alternatives instead. Nuts and dried fruits like apples and apricots, or even banana chips, can be great sources of proteins and vitamins. Cheese and crackers or fresh veggies can likewise hit the spot, especially when accompanied with something sweet and savoury like a small container of pepper jelly dip.

A Healthy Lunch

During a vacation, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of discovering new things, to the point where you’re flying high on adrenaline so much you don’t even notice how hungry you are. That’s why it’s a good idea to pencil in a specified lunch-time when drafting your travel itinerary. Eating at restaurants can get expensive, though, which means it’s a good idea to bring your own lunch with you from time to time.

“Lunch” means lunch, by the way. As in, a real, genuine, actual, healthy lunch; not just an energy drink and a protein bar. Prep a small meal that you can carry in a Tupperware container or lunch-sack and bring with you. Simple yet satisfying options include sandwiches, wraps, stuffed pitas, small salads, or even dinner leftovers. Try to get at least a little of the major food groups, if possible; nutrition is essential when you’re on the move.

Lots of Fluids

It might seem like a bad idea to drink lots of fluids while you’re traveling, especially if you’re on the road; after all, more fluids mean more bathroom breaks, which means more detours. Nevertheless, when you’re out and about, whether in a car, hiking up a mountain, or sightseeing around the city, staying hydrated is key to keeping your energy up and protecting your health.

It might not seem like “exercise” to visit tourist traps or go on rides at an amusement park, but the truth is you are being active. And the more active you are, the more your body needs hydration to fight off fatigue. This is especially important in the summer, when most people take their vacation. The threat of heat exhaustion should always be taken seriously, even if it means making a few more pit stops than you’d like.

So wherever your next adventure takes you, make sure you are well prepared with drinks and snacks before you go! Do you have any must haves when it comes to drinks and food/snacks when you travel or are on vacation? Let me know in the comments below.

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