Best Food When You’re Traveling


In the past year, I’ve increasingly embraced the “digital nomad” lifestyle. I like the idea of being able to pick up and travel anywhere in the world, whenever I want to. Obviously, this lifestyle requires some planning, and it’s not for everyone. If you’re going to go down this route, obviously you have to have some way to keep your business running. I recommend getting a reliable VPN. You also need a way to get your business calls from anywhere in the world. I recommend reading the Virtual PBX system reviews and Grasshopper reviews, to find a phone system for the road.

But another important consideration of traveling is how you’re going to eat. If you’ve spent any amount of time in an airport, you know that your food options range from bad to terrible. They’re very overpriced, very unhealthy, and you often can’t bring food past security. If you avoid airports and go on a road trip, you can bring food with you…but your options are still limited by how quickly your food spoils, and how messy it is.

When you’re traveling, you want to be thinking about your least bad options for food. Here’s what I recommend:

1. Nuts – Nuts are high in calories, so don’t get carried away with them. But they are extremely nutritious. My favorites are almonds and cashews, but walnuts are very healthy and contain antioxidants too. I would recommend avoiding peanuts and macadamia nuts, particularly the ones that are loaded with salt. They aren’t as nutritious as other nuts.

2. Bananas and grapes – These are the most travel-friendly fruits, in my opinion. They’re easy to eat, they don’t spoil to quickly, and they don’t make a huge mess. You can also bring apples on road trips, but they’re a bit messier. I would avoid citrus fruits, melons, or berries. They’re very messy and they spoil quickly.

3. Trail mix – Trail mix really isn’t that good for you, but as I said at the beginning, we’re focusing on your least bad options. Often when you travel, there aren’t many good choice. Trail mix is preferable to, say, candy. Even though it’s often loaded with salt and refined grains, it usually doesn’t have too much sugar, which is one of the worst foods for you.

4. Pre-cut celery and carrots – This is my favorite snack for road trips. It’s healthy, it’s usually OK out of the refrigerator for up to a day or two, and it isn’t messy. If you want to make it more of a snack, bring a jar of peanut butter with you and spread it on your celery and carrots.