As I head out for Spring Training in Florida, I am reminded of all the days I spent in the airport during baseball season in college. Every other weekend, we would go to the airport and travel to locations throughout the country. I enjoy eating and I need to eat consistently to stay healthy during the year, so the airport always caused a dilemma for me. Do I pack something? If I do, what can I bring? What will I drink? Is fast food sufficient? After three years of trial and error, I have learned a few things about meals on travel days.
Pack Your Meal
Airports are similar to stadiums and concert halls. They know that once you are in, they have a monopoly on the market. This leads to astronomical prices you can’t avoid. A cheeseburger that was 99 cents is now $2. The price changes are significant enough to warrant packing your own food. Keep in mind to bring foods that are:
- Small and filling
- Energy providers
These are three things I always think about when I pack my meals for trips. For baseball trips I tend to pack a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, some nuts and some fruit. Remember, flights are long and uncomfortable. The last thing you want is a meal that makes you feel sick. What is your favorite meal to pack for long travel days?
Bring an Empty Water Bottle
Once you step foot in the airport, it seems there is a water shortage. You have the option of a large bottle of generic spring water or a smaller bottle of Fiji water. Both bottles cost over $3. I learned from a friend that empty water bottles are huge money savers. You cannot bring liquid through security, but you are allowed to bring empty containers and fill them up once inside the gate. The water from the drinking fountain is just as good and saves me at least $6 dollars on each trip.
If You Must, Buy Healthy!
Sometimes you forget to bring a meal or don’t have the necessary food at home, but don’t use this as an excuse to buy burgers and fries. I have made this mistake more than once and sat through a long flight with a queasy stomach. Don’t make the same error. If I don’t pack food, I find a restaurant offering food that is easier on the stomach. Good examples of these foods are:
- Trail Mix
- Fruit Cups
These are just a few examples that won’t make you feel sick on travel day. What are your favorite choices at the airport?
Keep these tips in mind before you travel. If you travel often, these simple tips could save you a significant amount of money (and stomach aches). What other measures do you take when it comes to eating on travel days?
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