Travel snacks can help keep us fueled and going no matter where we are or where we are going. From plane snacks to car snacks, the things we eat will help keep us alert, calm, and even nausea-free.
Not all snacks are healthy, though. While you may want to munch on a few cookies during your travels, you should avoid anything that’s processed or at risk of causing a blood-sugar or caffeine crash.
Below is a guide on the best snacks for your travels.
The Best Car Snacks
When you are on the road, you need snacks that will keep you energized without making you nauseous. Road fatigue is a very serious issue, and your snacks can help you combat it by stimulating your mind as well as giving you the energy you need to complete any long-haul flight.
Even in cities, there is a tendency to eat the wrong food. Difficult food that cannot be easily handled is a huge no-no, as it is paramount to distracted driving and could lead to an accident. That’s why these snacks are driving approved:
- Beef jerky;
- protein bars;
- and water and other liquids.
These items are easy to eat and some offer your body the protein and vitamins it needs to be as alert as possible. When driving, of course, it is very important to stay hydrated. Water is a great way to do this, but any low-sugar drink without too much caffeine will do. Be very careful when drinking coffee when driving as caffeine does dehydrate you, so drink plenty of liquid in-between. It is also recommended that you stop so that you can eat your snacks, otherwise, you not only risk becoming distracted, but it also allows you time to replenish and relax before hitting the road again.
The Best Plane Snacks
Flying is much different from driving. After all, you only need to wait in your seat until landing. Rather than focus on how to stay focused, you’ll want foods that help you relax, help you deal with nausea, and foods that help you stay comfortable in your flight. Don’t rely solely on plane food even if it is available for free, and instead stock up on:
- a large water;
- protein snacks;
- fresh or dried fruit;
- and tea.
Long haul flights are the only ones that offer in-flight meals nowadays, but even then it is important to bring your own food and drink. Water, in particular, is going to be critical as it is very easy to become dehydrated in the filtered air. Gum and other similar chewy candies can be good to help you prevent pressure buildup in your head during takeoff and touchdown, whereas protein snacks, sandwiches, and fresh or dried fruit can help keep you sated during short-haul flights or in-between meals on a long flight.
Foods You Shouldn’t Eat Before or During Travel
When you are going to be traveling for long periods, you will want to refrain from certain foods that could make your journey uncomfortable. Whether you are driving or in a plane, being uncomfortable, bloated, or acidic is one of the worst experiences. When you are driving, it could impact your safety, and when flying, it could lead to slow torture depending on how long your flight is. For a more comfortable journey, avoid gassy or acidic foods.
Foods that make you gassy, like beans and even to an extent milk products, should be avoided before and during your trip as they tend to make you gassy. The pressure buildup can be very uncomfortable and even painful. It is also best to avoid fizzy, carbonated drinks and avoid any foods that you know will make you uncomfortable.
Acidic foods like pineapples or tomatoes should be avoided beforehand, as the buildup of heartburn can become very uncomfortable. If you intend to eat these foods, then bring an antacid with you so that you can relieve the pain immediately.