My solution while on the road has always been to pack our snacks for travel and vacation. So, for my recent trip, I packed a big Ziplock bag of Kind Bars, Larabars, nuts and fruit. Apparently, TSA is really cracking down on “organic” material – meaning food items. My luggage was flagged and I had to have all my bags searched , everything taken out of my luggage, and get a pat down!
As the TSA guy was opening my little suitcase, he started pulling everything out. I was so embarrassed when he pulled out my Tinkerbell wings and big green tutu.
People were walking by staring at me like I was the biggest criminal or freak – I have no idea what they were thinking. The TSA guy looked at me quizzically and I quickly explained about the half-marathon I was doing. The mood then changed and he told me he had just run a Mud Run in Phoenix. Yeah – another runner! We chatted about the runs we had done as we waited for a female TSA to do my pat down. He told me in the future to put all my “organic” or food material in a clear baggy and place it separately in the bins, then I won’t get searched. So there is the big tip after my long, embarrassing story. Things ended well, I got to keep my food and made my flight.
Here are some tips to help you stay safe and healthy while traveling:
- Carry your own snacks from home (check out the list below), but if you are flying, be sure to put them in a ziplock bag and put them in the bins for TSA to clearly see.
- Carry your own BPA free water container. I full up my container everywhere I go. The airport now has water bottle fill up spots (not sure if that’s the official name). This not only encourages us to drink more water but really helps the environment since we aren’t buying bottled waters.
- When you get to your destinations go to a grocery store and buy some fruit, veggies, nuts, dried fruit and popcorn. If you fear the water isn’t safe to drink at the hotel, buy a few gallons of drinking water.
- Check out my article on “Eating Out in a Healthy Fashion” for some great tips on what you can do at restaurants. My book An Apple a Day the Doctor’s Way also has a chapter devoted to eating out.
Have fun on all your adventures and travels this summer, pack plenty of water for everyone, and be safe!
What to Pack for Your Trip
- Water or BPA-Free Refillable Water Bottle
- Dried Fruit
- Dee Dee’s Granola Bars
- Kind Bars, Larabars
- Bananas and Apples
- Skinny Pop – comes in single serving bags
- Pirates Booty – Comes in single serving bags
- Gluten-free Crackers
- String Cheese Tortilla Chips
- Edamame Crackers
For more snack ideas, check out my book An Apple a Day the Doctor’s Way!
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