Bon voyage and Bon appetite!
Tis the season for family, friends, and food. Whether you’re going far or near to celebrate the holidays this year, be sure not to arrive anywhere empty-handed. See below for some brilliant tips on traveling with food including what to bring and how to ensure your sugar-cookies, casseroles and french silk pies stay in-tact while in transit.
First up: Thanksgiving.
The day stuffed with turkey and pumpkin pie typically comes with a side of travel. According to the Bureau of Transportation, 91% of people will be traveling to Turkey Day in a vehicle—and given that the average trip length is 214 miles, bringing travel-friendly dishes is a must. This means letting the hosts handle the turkey, or alternative main course.
What’s Safe to Bring in the Car?
Carbs for starters: bread, chips, cookies and more nibbles. Beverages, sides, and appetizers can also take a road trip if you pack them in a cooler. *Ahem: the eBags Crew Cooler just so happens to be fantastic.* Its soft sides and adjustable strap make it ultra easy to pack and carry. It’s insulated with PVC-free PEVA liner to keep your goodies cold for hours, from the city to the country and back again.
Most appetizers and desserts are also travel-friendly. As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to partially prepare these types of dishes before departing and add the finishing touches after arrival. If you’re bringing a salad, put the dressing in a small Tupperware container so that the leaves don’t get soggy. Pack spices and toppings, such as nuts in Ziplock bags, to save on space. Another great aspect of the eBags Crew Cooler is that it makes compartmentalizing simple, with its several zippered pockets incl hot and cool sections!
Expert tip: If you have spacious extras—bottles of wine, bags of chips, etc—stash them in this handy trunk organizer!
Traveling with Food by Plane
If you are thinking about bringing food on your flight, the easiest way is to tell your host that your presence is a present, and you’ll happily go with them to their hometown’s grocery store and help out in the kitchen! Another easy route is to grab some goodies at the airport, once you’re through security—bonus points if you get something local, like San Francisco sourdough.
If you’re set on bringing home-baked goods, you’ll want to carry them on and brush up on the TSA food guidelines before heading to the airport. Anything coming close to a liquid—like butter, cream cheese, canned goods, dressings and other spreads—are regulated by the three-ounce rule. Hard foods are fine as long as they won’t spoil. Regardless of what you are trying to bring on the plane, we suggest carrying on the goodies to ensure they don’t squish or crumble en route.
Expert tip: Double-bag all goods in case of breakage.
That’s a wrap! We hope these travel tips will help keep traditions alive!
Annie’s based in Los Angeles but hails from Portland, Oregon. Sort of. She moved to six states by the time she reached middle school, and continues to move around the US and abroad – call her a nomad, but she prefers “Location ADHD.” After studying abroad in New Zealand, Annie circled the globe, graduated from USC, and circled the world once again. For one year she lived out of a backpack everywhere from The Philippines to Nepal to Slovenia to Norway. She’s a curry connoisseur and passionate explorer, taking the road less traveled, the “trail” covered in vines and swarmed in exotic bugs. Foreign lands feel like home, and Annie loves encouraging more and more people to utilize their passports and experience a new culture.