Food Safety While Traveling
Traveling for races can be a great experience when prepared for in advance. Give yourself the week before leaving to pack all the necessary supplies, and remember any initially forgotten items. Unfortunately, most of us forget to include nutrition and food-preparation items during this process. Leaving it to the last minute and arriving unprepared only escalates stress levels, reduces the immune system, and increases the chance of sickness and food borne illness. When food hygiene standards, sanitation, and water quality are questionable- take all precautions necessary to protect yourself!
~ Know your training and race schedule to plan meals and snacks accordingly. Know your lodging and meal situation- are they supplied for you? If so, what hours/times are the meals available? Or do you need to make meals on your own?
~ Pre-plan your meals and snacks for the travel to site, during site, and the return home
~ Contact the airlines to select healthy airline meals for the plane trip, but bring your own food too.
~ When flying- check with the airlines or security about what foods passengers are unable to bring onto the flight (ex. Liquids, yogurt, fresh fruits and vegetables with seeds).
~ Research restaurants and grocery stores/markets in the area you are staying where you can buy bottled water and fresh foods if needed.
~ Consider making your own Nutrition Travel Bag with:
Non-perishable foods*, instant coffee/tea, international plug adaptor, measuring cups/spoons, measuring bowl, microwave safe Tupperware, small cutting board, Ziploc bags, eating utensils, hand sanitizer, antibacterial wet wipes (or baby wipes), dozen paper towels.
*Foods to consider:
Instant or pre-cooked rice, noodles, couscous, grits, quinoa, mashed potatoes
Bread, English muffins, crackers, rice cakes
Instant oatmeal, cream of rice, cream of wheat, [...]