I’ve gotten some pretty wierd looks from the TSA guys when they see little Ziplock bags of breakfast cereal in my hand luggage - and I don’t care. For me, a big part of feeling good away from home is keeping my stomach happy – and that means starting every day with a bowl of Kashi Go Lean.
I need a big hit of protein to get me through to lunch – and Rice Crispies just don’t cut it. True. I could go to a restaurant and order eggs, but on a long trip that would add up to a lot of cholesterol.
I also never leave home without my Twinings Darjeeling tea bags and a dual-voltage immersion heater. Dry roasted, unsalted almonds are another life saver and I like Protein-2Go, which I can just add to my water bottle.
Think about it. Might a small bag of dried prunes come in handy? How about saltines for motion sickness? If you think you might need an alternative to the ethnic food at your destination, should you pop in a small jar of peanut butter? I have friends who swear by their favorite protein bar for between meals snacks. Others find comfort in chewing gum or a particlar brand of mints.
The next time you pack for a trip, think about putting in a few things to keep the ol’ tum humming. Just remember that TSA regulations limit liquids to no more than 3 ounces. I am always amazed when passengers go through the TSA checkpoint with a bottle of wine or a quart of soda and are shocked when it’s confiscated.
I guess I’m lucky that my favorite breakfast food is very portable. I just read an article about the popularity of congee in China. Many Chinese just can’t imagine starting a day without a bowl of this traditional rice porridge, so more hotels are adding it to their breakfast menus.
According to the old adage, an army travels on its stomach…and so do all of us.
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