We have less than ten days to go until we leave on the Mystery Vacation™, and we’re all growing more and more excited the closer we get to the date. I’ve started pulling things together for the trip, including confirming our hotel and rental car reservations and our flights. I’m also starting to round up some of the items we’ll need and/or want to take along with us.
When we did our last food shopping, snack items for the trip were added to the shopping list. Other than for an emergency, I absolutely refuse to buy anything other than water at an airport because of the ridiculously high prices (a bottle of water from the airport is also over the top cost-wise, but the TSA has us over a barrel on that). After numerous trips and long flights over the years, we have a fairly consistent list of snacks we take along with us. This time around I also had to come up with a couple of vegan items so I could also have something to eat.
In my opinion, travel snacks must meet three criteria: They must be (somewhat) inexpensive, they must be convenient, and they must be easy to keep tidy on an airplane (or in a car). So, even though Pringles or beef jerky are not things I would normally buy, they meet all three marks. I found the Kind breakfast bars on sale, and they look tasty and are vegan. We recently discovered Biscoff cookies (also vegan) at Costco and since they are as addictive as crack they made the cut as well. The cashews are for me to snack on instead of Pringles (which I don’t particularly like). Finally, I always take along Chimes ginger candy these days. Not only does it taste delicious, but ginger calms the stomach as well so is nice to have along on a long flight.
As for our meals on travel day, we’ll take along deli sandwiches made the evening before we depart at our local Foodland grocery store (as well as a vegan sandwich for me from the local natural food store). The sandwiches are big and satisfying enough to get us through both lunch and dinner, and will cost far less than anything we could find in the Honolulu airport or buy on board our flight.
Snacks, sandwiches and water for a day’s travel to our destination will total less than $65 for the four of us. We’ll stop at a market the night before we depart for home and repeat the process as needed (all except for the beef jerky – we got a twin pack at Costco so won’t need to buy that again).
We are almost set to go!