This week, my husband and I traveled to Connecticut to visit his family for Thanksgiving. This means several hours of plane travel and minimal availability of AIP-friendly foods. Traveling while following the autoimmune protocol requires a bit of planning. I don’t trust most airport food and definitely can’t eat any of the plane-provided snacks. Even though I usually don’t need snacks for the airport and plane, I really like having them. And, after getting stuck in Chicago Midway airport for 24 hours with minimal snacks a few months ago, I am even more adamant about packing plenty of extra food.
I try to bring healthy and filling snacks with me, and a lot of them are my usual go-to foods. I do find that I need to keep some extra space in my carry-ons for all of my food, but it is most definitely worth the effort. So what do I bring? Here was my list for travel this week:
Prosciutto – Easily my favorite meat to travel with, prosciutto lasts for some time out of the refrigerator before I start to worry about it going bad. I packed this one in the morning around 10am and ate it at about 3. I’ve packed some for hiking trips before and waited close to 12 hours before eating it without any worries about it going bad.
Zucchini – Veggies are what I miss most when traveling. I like zucchini because, again, I don’t worry about it going several hours without refrigeration and I think it tastes just as good when it isn’t cold. I usually just take some bites while eating the prosciutto.
Epic Bar – Easily my favorite “protein bar”, the bison flavor is safe on AIP and I think it’s pretty tasty. Pre-paleo I traveled with a lot of Luna bars – delicious, but filled with lots of unsavory ingredients such as soy and large amounts of sugar. Epic bars are a serious improvement.
Toasted Coconut – This took a little more planning than the rest of my snacks. I bought a bag of coconut flakes the night before we left. I tossed them on a cookie sheet in the oven for about 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Tossed in a container they are an awesome snack.
Seasnax – Messy but so very good. I’m pretty much addicted to these things and will take any chance I can get to eat them.
Sardines – I prefer these for the airport rather than the plane itself. My husband is not the biggest fan of the smell, and I’m not sure opening a can would help me make friends with other people around me on the plane. But if you’re brave, I say go for it!
Coconut Butter – I always bring an extra container to scoop it into, otherwise things can get a little messy. Another option is to buy some in a jar, but I always worry that security might try to confiscate it in that form. Coconut butter was a lifesaver when I got stuck overnight in an airport. It’s energy dense and really delicious. It’s easy to make good portable snacks with coconut butter, but I like to just eat it on its own.
Fruit – I chose apples and satsumas for this trip because they’re in season and easily portable. I think that just about any fruit is a great option for traveling.
Some other options would be nuts if you can tolerate them, kale chips, other types of cured meat, jerky, plantain chips, or dried fruit. I am really lucky that once we get to my in-laws’ house I don’t have to worry about food. They are all very familiar with food restrictions and have tons of awesome food for me to eat. Now I just have to make a stop to stock up for the trip home.
Happy travels and let me know in the comments if you have any other good travel foods to suggest!