Tomorrow is the day! We depart for our trip to Colorado and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Our bags are packed (at least mine are!) and we’re taking care of last minute touches before our departure.
One of the most critical components that must be addressed is food. Food when traveling can make all the difference I promise you that. Being on a plane with choices that are bordering inedible or being stuck in the airport for 8+ hours without so much as a snack can truly cast a negative tone on the day. With a little preparation, those infamous moods brought out only when one is overly hungry can be avoided. Not to mention the cost savings and assurance that you’ll have healthy, filling choices.
Meal for the airport/plane This is so critical unless flying an international airline (and even still!) like Turkish Air or Air France where they still prioritize serving an apertif and multi-course meal. I didn’t realize when I first started flying that you could bring a meal. I thought TSA would take my precious sandwich or whatever hostage. Once I did, I was unstoppable!
I’ll typically treat myself to a might sandwich from a deli or Whole Foods since even with their sometimes hefty price tag its much more reasonable than the airport. Alongside I grab some carrots, fruit, almonds, especially during a long flight. I nestle it into my tote bag just in case this is, indeed, a violation of the rules, and once passed security and settled at my terminal I dig in! We’ll do the same thing on our return trip- grab something portable at a restaurant or deli to eat once we arrive or while on the plane.
Remember: When you’re on a plane, you’re in close quarters. Leave the really odorous, greasy foods for another time.
Snacks for the trip For this ski trip, we’re going to be really active so snacks are really important. We’ll bring the basics and supplements and some of the small stores in town. However, it’s so much easier and less stressful to have what you need at least for the first couple of days so you don’t have chores to accomplish once you arrive.
For this trip we’re packing: Almonds, walnuts, dried fruit, pretzels, and packets of Justin’s almond butter.
Vacation Meals We’re staying at a B&B, not a condo, so this means we’ll be doing more dining out. We do, however, have a fridge in our room and a public use microwave to heat up leftovers or store for packing to consume on the slopes. Beforehand, I researched all the options for lunch/dinner/apres ski and added them to a Google map I created for the trip.
– Breakfast Our hotel provides a hot breakfast with eggs, pancakes, coffee and the rest of the components of a mountain breakfast so we should be set to go! There are also several coffee shops and diners in case we need to supplement.
-Lunch The plan is to grab a sandwich at a local deli and bring it with us to the resort or ski into town and grab a quick snack (maybe a crepe or cup of soup?) and head back out. The lifts close at 4pm so we don’t want to spend to much time lounging about during lunch time each day or worse waiting in line at local hot spots.
–Dinner From what I see, Breckenridge is the holy place for all-American comfort food. It’s also a similar spot for apres ski specials at restaurants all around town. With deals like half price appetizers and 2-for-1 martinis, I’d say we’ll be just fine. Bonus: I copied and pasted deals and hours of operation into my Google map so we can pick a place easily and avoid the “I don’t know, where do you want to go?” conversation.
What are your food for travel tips? Are you an over-planner like me or do you go with the flow?