It is a sad fact that we lose more than 1.2 million tones of food per year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). This is why travelling light with food is important, especially when you are going to visit places where you don’t know how many different types of food there are. That’s why we have come up with a list of foods that can be carried while travelling.
Which Type of Food Should I Bring if I’m Going on a Long Trip?
It is always a good idea to pack food that can be easily prepared and stored.
Here are some ideas:
– Clif bars, granola bars, beef jerky, trail mix, dried fruit and nuts, energy gels or bars with caffeine in them.
– Rice, pasta, couscous and beans.
– Powdered milk/cup of tea
/hot chocolate packets.
– Condiment packs, like almond milk packs or sauces with no sugar added (a great idea for Asian cuisine).
– Instant soups in a jar with toothbrush case and peeler.
– A vacuum sealed bag of rice/pasta would be ideal to prepare one dish as it needs reheating later on when you’re away from home. – Bread and yogurt.
– A small insulated flask of coffee with a mesh filter to keep the grounds out, or a canister vacuum packed coffee (eg Nescafe instant) in its own bag/box. Coffee would be best when you’re driving on long distance routes as it will keep for over 24 hours once opened
– always ask about serving rules before quick service restaurants offer this though! This sounds like an unnecessary luxury when you’re travelling but the coffee is so strong that it isn’t a bad idea
– I normally have some with me in the car mainly just to keep my eye on because dehydration can make blood vessels very soft and more likely to bleed, especially if your eyes are tired.
A small bottle of vinegar or wine (I use port) would be great for people staying over who might not have a fridge as they could store things like salads cold and stay fresh for a day or so after making.
– Protein bars (“The chocolatey kind”). Also my savoury protein balls! That’s what I eat late at night when I’ve had no dinner, but can’t face trekking back to the guest house in darkness!
Which Type of Food Should I Bring if I’m Going on a Short Trip?
– Individual items for each food category (see above).
– Dried fruit, cereal bars, rice cakes, protein bars are all helpful when you have to make your own meals.
– Single serve pots of soup would be convenient as they don’t need heating up later on when you’re camping or travelling in places with unsuitable cooking facilities. Enchiladas and spaghetti bolognese would either do well if rehydrated with lots of boiling water or be really useful when camping. A large BBQ would also come in handy for making hot food on a warm day and keeping it in the freezer until you need it
– ideal if your bag is too small to fit everything!
– See above with rehydrating items as there isn’t much room available (unless heading out hiking). High calorie foods like pasta and rice-based dishes take up very little space so they are great bulk foods (and rehydrate well).
– Don’t forget everyone’s favourite…sundried tomatoes. You can make a pasta sauce with them, or add them to just about anything!
Which Type of Snacks Should I Bring if I’m Going on a Long Trip
– Trail mix. Protein bars again, some chocolate etc but all will spoil if you aren’t carrying something to keep them in… a zip lock bag with a couple of balls of dry food and another zip lock poking out the top is perfect!
– Granola bars are very high in fibre so they’re great for hiking or cycling days plus having to go backpacking on the right amount can be awkward…Dried fruit instead would weigh down your
pack and pantry.
– Dried pasta is a very light food so you don’t need to bring nearly as much for the whole trip, following on from the previous point dried rice would also be ideal, if it’s not all packaged in packets!
Travelling can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. You just need to take the right precautions and pack the right food for your journey. With those tips in mind, we hope you’ll be able to travel with ease!
What is travel?
It is the act of entering or exiting a place and experiencing new things, societies and conditions.
What does take necessary precautions mean?
It means camping should be considered as it may affect physical health and sanity/is not recommended to go on for long periods of time without taking adequate rest breaks. These safety measures include; lighting, food preparation boiling water purification air conditioning – which are essential in avoiding certain diseases affecting travelling, such as diarrhoe
a and vomiting seagulls attacking/attempting to steal food bags.
What is packable/less heavy and compact meal?
We recommend these grains to be packed as they are ideal for travelling. The items will weight considerably less than the traditional ones. Packaged: wholegrain rice, quinoa and buckwheat These products always last longer – like pasta packs well which is why it’s recommended for use in aiding dieting Opti-healthy does retain its nutrients even when you open up the packet (depending on how long the package already has been opened though).
Long distance travel or short distance travel, which is best?
Long distance – may be distant travelling like going on vacation to a foreign country, or perhaps take a month off work.
Short distance travel- which is considered relatively nearby, such as visiting friends and family members who live some place close by that might be too far for you to visit daily.