Traveling and packing for your trip can be stressful without even considering what to eat on the go. You may have your clothes, toiletries, and mountain bike gear packed and think you are ready to go. But what about food? Airport food can be so expensive, options are limited, and you may not have time to grab something to eat while running to make a tight connection. So today, we will discuss traveling nutrition tips and snack ideas for mountain bikers.
Pack some snacks that don’t need to be refrigerated and are easy to stick in your bag. Pack these even if your travel day is pretty short, your flight gets delayed, or the day doesn’t go as smoothly as planned. Always pack extra snacks because they will hold you over until you have time to go to a grocery store.
- Trail mix
- Granola or protein bars
- Cereal/granola in baggies
- Beef jerky
Also, pack some eventually perishable snacks but are okay to be out of the fridge for a little while. Try to eat these snacks sooner than the non-perishable ones. However, remember if you are traveling internationally to check the rules because you are not allowed to travel with some foods, like fruit, across the border.
- Babybel or string cheese (or any cheese, these are just convenient)
- Fruit (apples, oranges, grapes)
- Apples and single-serve peanut/nut butter
- Nut butter and jelly sandwich
- Fresh veggies (carrots, bell pepper slices, etc.)
Flying at a high altitude in the dry air dehydrates you faster than on the ground. Pack a reusable water bottle to fill up after you go through security. Most airports have water bottle fillers which are more sanitary than using a water fountain.
Packing foods you and your body like helps you feel better and stay more fueled throughout the day. Plus, most of the snacks above are healthier for you and much cheaper than expensive airport food. There are a lot of stresses while traveling. Eliminate food stress by doing a little planning before your trip. Add snacks to your packing list!
Emily is a Sports Dietitian who is passionate about helping others improve their health and athletic performance through proper nutrition. She races cyclocross professionally. She lives in Roanoke, VA with her husband Kerry and their beagle Sherman.
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