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Winter Travel Food Tips

December 30, 2014

The days surrounding Christmas and New Year’s are some of the busiest travel times of the year. You’ll be driving to the city, or back to the country, or flying to some exotic international locale to ring in 2015 on a beach with a piña colada in hand.

To keep stress to a minimum, it’s important to eat well -- but it's easy to forget this when faced with crowded airports and stop-and-go traffic. Instead of drowning your sorrows in a tin of leftover Christmas cookies, arm yourself with plenty of good snacks. Here’s what to make, and how to carry it with you:

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Quinoa salad in glass containers. Quinoa salad is nourishing and versatile, and you won’t end up hungry in two hours, desperately seeking out vending machine Cheez-Its.

Homemade graham crackers in Kraft boxes. Because if you aren’t comforted by eating graham crackers, then the situation is beyond help.

More: Bonus points for spreading your graham crackers with peanut butter, honey, and bananas.

Overnight oats in Weck jars. Filling, delicious, and best of all, humble enough that no one next to you on the bus will ask you to share.


Any sort of cheese wrapped in Formaticum storage papers. In a truly dire moment of stress, turn to a slice of very good Manchego to calm your nerves. Eating cheese can create an opiate-like reaction, so it’s scientifically guaranteed to make traveling a little smoother. 

Find more ideas for simple travel food here, and because we’re always looking for more, tell us in the comments: What are your most trusted travel recipes?

Photos by James Ransom

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1 Comment

chris December 30, 2014
What a wonderful post. Made me smile ... and consider making Graham Crackers!