Last week, I was traveling and I initially was going to try to stay Primal, but it ended up not happening. But, beyond that, it occurred to me that coming up with a more generic guide of staying primal while traveling would probably be useful. There are two parts to what I was thinking of, one would be just a general food guide, and the other would be making a food 'kit' that would help out. I'm sure other people will have tips and by all means, post them.
Overall, for me at least, the biggest issue is getting enough fat. Most things end up being low fat, and getting enough can be difficult. I'm going to also add a brief section with foods you can make ahead and take with you, but they'll have a limited life since most would require being kept cool.
General Food Guides:
- A lot of grocery stores have deli's - you can get a rotisserie chicken or other meats that may be cooked. The one I stopped at had meatloaf as well. It had ketchup on it, but that can be dealt with.
- Grocery stores often have vegetables available that are cleaned and in smaller packages
- You can make beef jerky, which helps with protein. Jerky generally won't be that fatty, so don't expect it to be a good source of fat. Many commercial beef jerkies have carbs in them, so be sure to read the label (One I bought had 7g/serving)
- Grocery stores may have hard boiled eggs available.
I have a small lunch bag that's insulated that I'm using as a basis for this kit - the general idea is to have a small kit of items that would not take up a lot of space and be very flexible. My idea is to just make this kit for 1 person, if you were traveling with more people, it could change, obviously.
This is generally meant to be checked baggage friendly for airline travel, as well.
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- A plastic/metal water bottle with a wide opening for the lid. This can be used to put ice in to keep things cold in the lunch bag. The blue ice things would be nice, but if you don't have access to a freezer, this would be a way to keep things cold. [url]http://bit.ly/pL66B[/url]
- An assortment of sizes of plastic bags to keep food in in
- Some small bottles (3-4 oz) ([url]http://bit.ly/tqYn4[/url]) with the following:
- Dish Soap (along with a scrubby pad can be really helpful)
- Olive Oil, or other oils
- Seasoning Stuff
- Any other seasonings you regularly use - cayenne pepper, etc.
- A hand towel or washcloth.
- Silverware, including a knife that can cut things.
More advanced stuff, that I think would work out fine, but I don't know for sure. The canned heat *certainly* isn't airline friendly, but with some research, you could find a sporting goods store that would likely have it:
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- you could also take a small fry pan & plate
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- Shelled hard boiled eggs
- Homemade beef jerky
- Coconut Oil Suet - I make suet with various seeds (sesame, pumpkin, sunflower, pumpkin seeds in shell) and some nuts (slivered almonds) with coconut oil & some butter. Heat up oil/butter until it melts and then add the rest. I generally freeze it, which would help keep things cold, but this wouldn't be the most stable thing once it got warm.
Great topic, Tim. I'm in a WalMart far from home right now. I will definitely be using some of your ideas to prepare for the drive home.
PaleoPrincess points out that meatloaf will often have bread/rice/other non-paleo stuff in it.
She also mentioned that chicken may have hfcs or other carbs in it.
Either way, try buying a condiment these days that *doesn't* have carbs in it. While that would detract from the chicken, IMO, it's still one of the better choices when no access to cooking.
From the been-there-done-that files: be carefull freezing metal water bottles. Don't fill it too much or they can split.