The suitcases are packed, the passports dusted off, and our food is prepped and packed. We are leaving tonight to go back home to Denmark for 21 days. This will be the first time in over 10 years that we’ll be traveling for that long. Good thing it’s a “home to visit the family” vacation, so we won’t be staying in hotels, and should have enough time to get over the jetlag and just enjoy seeing family and friends again.
Being the fitness fanatics that we are, we will, of course, try to get to the gym a few times, and keep an eye on our diets (read: Don’t pig out completely on mom’s home cooking). Our fitness regime won’t be as intense as it is when we are home here in Santa Monica, simply because it’s not a priority. We want to spend time with family, go out for drinks with friends, and see other parts of our hometown than just the inside of the gym.
However, we also want to get back to Santa Monica looking about the same as we did when we left, and a good place to start is by bringing healthy food and snacks for the flight, so we don’t have to eat airplane food or buy unhealthy snacks in the airport.
Meal prepping for a long flight
We leave on a direct flight from LAX to Copenhagen. That’s 11 wonderful hours in a sardine can, with airline food and without access to the small ocean of water Christel usually consumes during a day.
Given it’s an evening flight, we ideally wouldn’t need that many meals, because we would just sleep most of the way. However, that doesn’t work for Tobias, since he’s too tall to get any real sleep in an economy class seat.
So our FitMark bag is packed with:
- Cooked chicken breast
- Tilapia, quinoa, and broccoli mixed on the pan with a lot of spices. It will stick together and be very easy to eat with just a fork in the plane.
- Mixed greens with a little coconut oil
- Fried asparagus
- Hard boiled eggs
- An apple (Christel’s current breakfast carb)
- A protein shake
- Water (buy it in the airport)
Flying actually makes food taste of less, because the dryness and low pressure in an airplane reduce the sensitivity of your taste buds and nose by almost 30 percent, so don’t hold back on the flavoring. However, you should never salt the food you plan to eat on the flight. Flying can make your body hold water, and salt just makes it worse.
The FitMark bag is brilliant for storing food and keeping it cool on the flight. All the little containers are air (and odor) tight, and the insulation is good enough to keep everything cool for about 24 hours. It’s also great that we can use the FitMark bag as a cooler for our picnics when we are in Denmark 😀
You can bring almost any kind of food on a plane, as long as you eat it (or throw it out) before landing. A lot of countries won’t let you enter with any vegetables or animal products, so don’t try to bring food through customs at your destination, unless you know the local rules.
If you don’t have a FitMark bag, you can pack everything in Ziplocs or aluminum foil, and put in in your normal travel bag. It won’t stay as cool and fresh, but it will still be a whole lot better and healthier than airplane food.