My family has a lot of food allergies and sensitivities between us. One can’t eat gluten, another can’t eat dairy, another has a peanut allergy, and the fourth can’t have a lot of processed meats. I’m the only one who escaped any kind of food issue.
This makes eating on the road very difficult. We can’t just buzz into a fast food restaurant for a quick lunch. We need to carefully plan and plot our trip, so everyone can get something they want without being shortchanged.
Plus, eating healthy is a good habit to be in, and every meal on the road shouldn’t be ordered at a drive-thru window anyway.
Here are a few ways to eat healthy on the road, whether you’re just trying to watch calories or if you have food allergies that limit what you can eat.
1. Pack your food
If there are certain foods you can and should have, pack them in special airtight containers and tuck them in your suitcase. That way, even if everyone else wants fast food, you’re not watching them eat.
If you’re traveling by car, you have additional options. Take a small cooler with you, and be sure to pack plenty of cold packs. (It will also help keep everything cool if you can freeze some of the food you’ll need later on.)
If you’re flying, however, remember the TSA liquids rule. That means Grandma’s French onion soup has to stay at home, but things like gluten-free bread are okay to take. Also, don’t pack any fruit if you’re traveling overseas, and don’t bring any home with you.
Finally, your hotel may have a mini fridge available, but often times these are filled with mini bar items that you can’t even touch without getting charged. Ask the hotel if they can remove the items or provide you with another fridge. Just know there may be a charge for that.
Maybe it’s just because I’m a Gen Xer feeling his age. Maybe it’s just because I’m starting to feel that midlife crisis. I’m starting to understand and appreciate how and why Millennials travel these days.
Do a basic Google search for “Millennial Travel Trends,” and there are 1.4 million articles on the subject.
The short answer is, Millennials love to travel. They do it a lot, and they do it differently than their parents. The things they want, the places they go, and the way they travel is much, much different from the way my parents traveled, or taught me to travel.
When we traveled, vacation was very much a process and a checklist. We had to see these sights, we had to visit these locations. Sure, vacation was about the experience, but it was about experiencing all those things that every other tourist wants to experience.
If you’ve ever seen National Lampoon’s European Vacation, you know the feeling: Clark and his family show up at the Louvre 15 minutes before it closes, and they race to see as many of the 100,000 pieces of art as they can. Rather than coming back a different day and spending several hours, they squeeze it in, because that’s what was on the schedule for that day.
How many of us still travel that way? How many of us hold to a schedule of checklists and destinations? That’s not how Millennials travel. They’re seeing the world in a whole different way.