Leavin' on a jetplane? Packin' for tasty travel.

Everyone I know travels in May, including myself. From now until June 1st I will be home for approximately 5 days. My entire May is being spend way from my kitchen, my bed and my farmer's market. I'm questioning if I will survive.

There are so many things to think about when embarking on a exciting trip or mini-vacation.  What to wear, where to stay and dine, how many pairs of shoes to pack, what bathing suit should I bring? (My answer to the last is invariably, "My one piece speedo from high school. Yay!" until Gray finds it, violently chucks it from the case and replaces it with the floral bikini he made me purchase.)

With all this packing, preparing and speedo sneaking, the one thing I know you let slide from the to-do list is what to eat while traveling.  What the heck are you going to eat in the airport, on the plane, or sitting in the back of the screeching cab on your way to the hotel?

This is always my first order of business any time we travel.  While Gray looks up the most recent museum exhibits and interesting architectural installations, I ponder how many hard boiled eggs I can fit into my pyrex snap top and if I put almond butter in a separate container without a label of weight, will they care if it's over 4 oz?  (The answer, NO.)

I may sound like a neurotic, crazy person but I prefer the term, smart self-preservationist.  I'm always the girl who has water and almonds in her bag.  I'm the one who thinks, "What are we going to eat on a 6 hour car ride?" rather than, "What awesomeness are we going to see?"  I've always been this way and I will tell you, when you are in a cramped airplane and can't look at another pretzel, are parched after hour number 8 in the car or find yourself starving on the hiking trail, I'm the girl you want around.

Back to airport travel...Airports and airplanes are rife with food that can easily derail all your best food intentions.  If left without a personal stash of sustenance, by the time you get to your lovely destination, you may find yourself starving and verging on crazy cranky or bloated and queasy from the insanely salty food you’ve eaten while in transit.

Don't you worry my dears.  This year I'm not going to let you fall into the traps of terrible terminal and airplane food.  Nope, this year you are going to do it right and arrive at your destination fully hydrated, happy and ready to go.

Fully lovin' my tasty in-flight snack

Here is my personal list of the foods I pack for any air born trip.  They all travel beautifully and don’t need to be refrigerated.  Score!

Dried fruit and nuts- Favorites are peaches, apricots, cherries, dates, prunes, walnuts, almonds, cashews, brazil nuts and pecans.  Make sure the fruit is un-sulphured as sulphur is a preservative that can cause tummy upset. (AKA gas, which on a small, sealed plane is particularly unpleasant.)

Fresh fruit with hard cheese- Apples with cheddar, parmesan or pecorino works best.

Tamari sunflower and pumpkin seeds- A great snack when you want something fatty and salty.

Cut veggies with Muhammara- Celery, radishes, cucumbers, carrots, and sugar snap peas work well. They also help keep you hydrated on the dry plane.

Your favorite chocolate bar- What can I say? Never travel without chocolate. My favorite is the Alter-Eco BlackOut bar.

Organic boiled eggs-  Notice I didn't say, hard boiled.  No one likes hard boiled as the yolks turn to chalk and require copious amount of liquid to loosen the paste that forms on your upper palate.  For your tasty traveling pleasure...the perfect boiled egg:   Take eggs out of the fridge.  Boil water.  Gently ease eggs into the water.  Boil for 7 1/2 minutes, remove from the heat, drain and cover with cold water to stop the cooking.  Done.

Cabbage slaw-  Make it the night before and bring leftovers.  It keeps its crunch quite well.

Crackers:  These will keep you way from the baggies of pretzels.  The best brands are Ryvita, Akmak, and Mary's Gone Crackers.

Now you may be thinking, "Dear lawd, this is a ton of stuff.  Does Jamie bring an entire picnic basket on board?"  The short answer...yes, it has happened.  (But not for every trip.)  You, conversely, are not required to board looking like you're headed to Shakespeare in the Park.  By simply packing a few of these jet plane friendly snacks, you will be the talk of your seating section (woot woot!)  and you'll feel better before, during and after the flight.  Promise.

Much love and safe travels!

In the comments below tell me, do you pack travel snacks?  If not, what keeps you from doing so?  If you do, what are your favorite tasty travel treats?  I can't wait to here!

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