Tips for Long-Weekend Trips

Pepper  here, coming to you from Columbus, Ohio. I’m excited to give you lots of tips and tricks that will keep you healthy, happy, and hydrated on your adventures both near and far.

This weekend I’m flying down to Florida to visit my grandma. Although it will be a quick trip, I know it is essential to plan ahead in order to keep my healthy habits in order this weekend. When I travel, one thing I like to do is participate in a local event – often times I look for things such as festivals, races, or farmers’ markets. This weekend, a friend and I will be participating in a local 5k. Not only is this a healthy event, but it gets me excited about exercising, motivated to go for a few runs beforehand, and it’s a great way to see the place you are visiting.

As for packing, I am a planner! I like to take bites for the road to avoid the need for greasy fast food, overpriced airport snacks, and giving into cravings. Here’s what’s in my bag this weekend:

Water Bottle: Even though you can’t take water through security at the airport, I always pack an empty water bottle to fill up at the drinking fountain once I pass security. The Nalgene Silo is my favorite because it holds 1.5 Liters of water which reminds me to keep drinking!

Granola Bars: Bars are an easy-to-pack, quick-grab snack. I like to look for bars that have wholesome ingredients, fiber, and protein to keep my hunger satisfied. Some bars I like are Nature Valley Crunchy, original KIND, and STRONG & KIND. If I have extra time, I like to make my own granola bars using oats, honey, peanut butter, nuts, seeds & dried fruit.  A simple recipe can be found here. Get creative with your recipe – add more wet ingredients to create a bar, or keep it simple and let it crumble into granola bites. Play around with substitutions such as apple sauce instead of oil, molasses instead of honey, and pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon.

Fruits & Veggies: Fresh is always best! When selecting fruits and veggies for the road, choose ones that are easy to pack, and are durable. If an apple gets stuck at the bottom of the bag, it’s going to survive getting tossed around, but if blueberries get smashed, they may cause a mess in your carry-on!

Rice Cakes: I like to take a crunchy snack to much on while waiting for my flight. Rice cakes are low in calories, come in fun flavors, and can be easily stored in your carry-on bag.

Tuna Packs: Check out these fun StarKist tuna & salmon flavors. This week I purchased the variety pack from Giant Eagle which included Lemon Pepper, Sweet & Spicy, Hickory Smoked, and Ranch, 4 packets for $2.69. They are tastier and easier to travel with than canned tuna, especially because you don’t need to bring the can opener.

Nuts & Seeds: These guys are a powerhouse of protein and healthy fats! They are also super easy to travel with because they are small and easy to stuff into luggage pockets.

Peanut Butter: I may be partial to peanut butter because I can’t remember the last day I went without it, but it’s an extremely versatile food that can be paired with your fruits, veggies, rice cakes, sprouted grain bread, even granola bars! When selecting peanut butter at the store I always look at the ingredients. The only ingredient you want in your peanut butter is PEANUTS! I often end up buying the store brand to save a little bit of money. Don’t forget the spoon!

Take-off is in T-48 minutes. Happy MLK weekend to all!

P.S.  DO NOT take yogurt (even Greek!), honey, or canned goods in your carry-on. They will be confiscated by TSA 😦 … I speak from experience.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Carrie VanderPloeg says:

    Pepper; like your ideas. I could live on this throughout the week.


  2. michelle says:

    Great ideas and fun reading… thanks for sharing Pepper!


  3. Lauren says:

    I will be traveling next weekend and plan to use some of your ideas! Thanks for the tips and tricks!


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