All across America today, families are getting ready to hit the road for the Memorial Day weekend. According to AAA, this unofficial start of summer will see more than 36 Million people on the roads. For most this means drive through, gas station and convenience store food that is overloaded with salt, sugar and preservatives. But it doesn’t have to be, you can travel different!!
You can travel like a 2 year old.
If you are a parent, I want you to think back to when you had a toddler. If you are not a parent, I want you to think about any parent you have ever seen traveling with a toddler. When you are traveling with a toddler, you bring everything but the kitchen sink to keep them occupied and happy. You sling a bag over your shoulder that has a capacity the rivals anything Mary Poppins or Hermione Grainger were ever seen carrying. Toys, extra socks, towels, books and………….A SNACK BAG!!
Why is it when we get older we stop carrying a snack bag?
Now I am not advocating that you pack a Tupperware full of Goldfish and Fruit Snacks but packing for your health is a smart idea for everyone, not just the little ones. A snack bag is one of the key things that I bring with me on every trip, every trip.
So what do I pack?
- “Granola” Bars – I personally prefer the Kind and Clif varieties but pack whatever works for you. Just be sure to watch the calorie and ingredient lists, some bars are nothing more than well marketed candy bars.
- Nuts – You can get single serving packs of Almonds in all kinds of flavors or you can just pack your own small servings.
- Jerky – Great way to get protein in the bag that won’t spoil
- Peanut Butter – There are several brands of peanut and almond butter that is sold in individual servings. Great with a piece of fruit from those dreaded conveniences stores.
- Shakeology – I take the individual packets so when I am pressed for time and looking for something more substantial than a snack that I am not a the mercy of the drive through or the airport concession.
Now my list is focused on what will make it through TSA at the airport. If you are heading out in the car, this list expands exponentially with the simple addition of an insulated lunch box or small cooler.
So get out there and enjoy the holiday weekend but remember to pack that snack bag!
See you on the road!!