Pretty mundane actually. The standard checking luggage, standing in lines, and waiting around in uncomfortable chairs with outlets that are in use or out of reach. I am, however, happy to report that for the first time, neither Christian nor I had to 'opt out' and get patted down by security and a BIG FIRST (so far) of not being forced to give an offering to the sacrificial TSA gods. Amazing!
I've got 11 hours to feed my family 3 meals, or more (I've got a hungry family). Here are some staples that I like to bring on most any trip, whether hiking, biking, or just traveling light based on guidelines out of our control.
Before we left the house, we loaded up on calories and nutrients with a nice smoothie and coconut water.
After an hour drive to the airport and another hour of waiting, the family started getting peckish and I reached into the bag of snacks.
TIP 1. Pre-cutting things is good because not a lot of food places will allow knives, let alone lend one to a traveler.
Tip 2. Vinegar can be used instead of lemon, if you can find it, but lemons are a guaranteed at the standard airport bar.
Lunch time on the plane. The peanuts option is no more.
|Vanna Nieve, showing the food off.|
TIP 3. You can bring on items for baby that are not re-sealable, however, they most likely will open them up to "test" them, and then you are stuck with an open container that you need to use right away.
TIP 4. Bringing your own utensils is helpful. Some attendants are not as generous as others, and it's nice to have.
Dinner - the vacation stretch. We had a 2 hour layover in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and were ready for some real food. Unfortunately, the Fort Lauderdale airport has minimal accommodations. The only two "food" sources only served prepackaged foods at ridiculous prices, but we had to cave because we had finished off the kefir/granola combo wanted greens.
|Neva wanted to be in this picture.|
TIP 5. Don't forget the hummus...
I didn't take a picture of the fresh cantaloupe we brought, but this is the tupperware container that it was in. All four sides lock and they have a tight rubber lid for a full water-tight seal. They come in handy for future leftovers, or a way to make
TIP 6. If you've ever had liquid spill, go for the Lock & Lock, BPA free food containers.
And last, but not least, if you are feeding your family...
|Neva with her giraffe pillow and backpack of a few toys and snacks, waiting to leave the plane.|