Sooo, I’ve returned from Baltimore after a fabulous weekend of hand therapy nerdery. I’m not kidding- I geeked out all weekend. It was a rare luxury to enjoy time carved out for the sole purpose of learning with other grown ups. Yay! I was pumped, but I knew I’d be stranded with little down time, a limited budget- and no car. So, it got me to thinking: how would I travel and eat well, with limited protein dense and plant- based options to push me through several hours of lecture?
My recent travels were marked by poor planning, and the result was a few days spent feeling droopy and hangry. No more! I learned my lesson, and the result was a well-fed and happy me. I hope these tips will help you next time you’re on the move:
1- Check the official TSA site. Find out specifically ahead of time what is allowed in both carry on baggage (if you’re not checking bags) and checked bags.
2- Call hotel ahead of time- will your room be equipped with a fridge? If not, no problem-make friends with your ice machine and pack a few ziplocs.
3-Pack your protein. If space is limited, pack several servings of protein powder in ziplocs and throw them in your bag.
4- Bring a blender bottle. Cram it full of above bags of protein while traveling to save space, and it’s ready for use once you hit the ground.
5-Oatmeal- a huge traveling staple. I throw several portions in baggies (along with protein) in my blender bottle. Use the hotel coffee pot for hot water, and you have an instant meal or snack.
6-Cram less perishable fruit in checked baggage. You better believe I have lots of apples in my suit case!
7-Snacks- pack plenty of quality protein bars, nut butter pouches, and raw nuts to have on hand when hunger strikes.
8- Freeze some pre-cooked goodies! Yes, you can! Since most solid food is allowed thru TSA for carry ons, this is a great option if you’re not checking a bag. My favorite? Frozen pinto bean and corn patties made ahead of time, and packed in ziplocs. This is a great option, since it will take most pre-cooked items several hours to thaw. After landing, pop them into the fridge, ice bucket, or microwave for a quick meal.
Sure, it takes some planning, but these strategies will help you maintiain a good balance of macros (especially when trying to build and maintain muscle) and a healthy lifestyle while you’re away from home. Happy travels, friends…