Eat Right when traveling by car, plane

You can fly the friendly skies and travel by car or rail without packing on the pounds. Here, how to develop health-conscious travel habits.

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Brown-Bag Healthy Snacks

Bring along:

  • unsalted nuts
  • fresh fruit
  • cut-up veggies
  • string cheese
  • boxed juice

For road trips, pack a cooler with

  • yogurt
  • sandwiches
  • fruit
  • low-fat cheese
  • water
  • mini cartons of nonfat milk
  • cans of juice
  • cherry tomatoes
  • bags of baby carrots
  • whole-wheat crackers and peanut butter
  • small boxes of raisins
  • homemade snack mixes made with popcorn or pretzels and nuts
  • fig bars
  • energy bars

Can’t tote it? Pick up easy-to-find healthy foods such as fresh fruit, grilled chicken sandwiches (hold the mayo) and fast-food salads. But toss out the croutons, thick dressing and cheese, and complement the meal with a glass of orange juice or nonfat milk.

Drink Water

On airplanes, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, fatigue and jet lag.

Eat Light on the Flight

Airline portions might be small, but that doesn’t mean they’re low in calories. A smoked turkey and cheese sandwich with chips and a cookie packs up to 950 calories and 50 grams of fat! "The fact that the airlines are selling meals—as opposed to giving them away—may be a blessing in disguise," says Adam Drewnowski, Ph.D., professor in the department of epidemiology and director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition at the University of Washington in Seattle. "Resist the urge to spend three dollars for cookies and potato chips and munch on low-fat veggies instead."

Lock up the Mini Bar

There’s nothing in there worth eating, and you’ll only regret the calories in those overpriced chips, candy bars and roasted nuts.

From our sister publication, Remedy's Healthy Living (Fall 2005)

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 31 Aug 2005

Last Modified: 14 Sep 2015