I leave for Vegas tomorrow* and my life feels one part put together and three parts a total mess. I am just about fully packed, and by that I mean FULLY PACKED – no room for any-single-thing-else. In an effort to rock my “don’t over pack” goal, I’m using only a backpack and duffle bag for the five nights I’ll be in Vegas and I’m taking every inch of space available to bring the items I’m promising myself I’ll use.
I’m bringing gear to work two trade shows, celebrate my way through a retirement dinner party of a dear work friend, try my very best while bowling and playing Las Vegas bar trivia and even running a few times while I’m in the warm weather. That’s an awful lot of fun packed into a short trip (and an awful lot of outfits needed, too) and I’m both excited and exhausted, and I’ve not even made it to the airport yet.
Also packed in my bag is a slew of hotel and purse friendly foods. I like to keep some healthy eats on-hand when I travel to both save a little bit of cash and make choosing a nutritious snack as easy as possible for myself. I consider all travel vacation-mode, and I will no doubt be having my fair share of indulgent moments on any trip I take – if I can make a few of my snacks both free and healthy, I call it a win.
Currently in my snack pack I’ve got:
- beef jerky – protein power house, this is one of my favorite things to nibble on when I’m trying to hold myself over until meal time when on the go. [Also, here’s an interesting article about why beef jerky is all the rage now: Why Beef Jerky, the Manly, Protein-Packed Snack, has Become so Damn Popular from The Washington Post
- bars – Bare by Balance Bar, Uber by Lara Bar and my favorite KIND bar of all time.
- lightly salted almonds – my favorite Blue Diamond tin of late
- crunchy coconut chips – a new find at the market that I’m looking forward to trying
- trail mix – though my flavor mix choices are more on the treat side than the nutritious snack side of the line
- SPARK drink mix and a variety of tea bags
- one apple, one orange, and baggie of dried cherries and blueberries
- gum – always. I get motion sick easy, and I fight it off each flight with Dramamine, ginger tea/ale, and chewing gum. Booyah.
Other snacks I often travel with:
- Twizzlers – they are a road trip MUST, in my book. And if I’m feeling especially nostaglic for high school soccer, white cheddar popcorn along with it.
- carrot sticks
- bite sized tomatoes
- any sort of nuts
Do you have travel snack MUSTS? What are your go to bars for keeping in your purse? (I’m not the only one who does it, right? I love that KIND bar and the Coconut Cream Pie Lara Bar best!)
*Of course, as I write this I am waiting for the projected 8-12 inches of snow to start falling to ground late this evening, so we’ll see when I actually get around to taking off on that plane to Vegas.