How to Pack Food for Travel and Long Days

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Imagine how amazing it would be to eat high quality, healthy food anytime you want. Wouldn’t it be incredible to not feel tempted by high calorie restaurant food? And, it would be a dream to save money on food, right?

My life changed, for realz, when I finally created a system of packing food for travel. Busy days and airports were causing me to be completely derailed from my normal eating habits and the change was wreaking havoc on my digestion, health, energy, and zest for life. I literally did not have a choice. I needed to find a solution.

It took some getting used to, but once I got my system down, packing food was the best gift I ever gave myself. I found that I spent less time in search of food throughout the days, and that I was saving a TON of money. On top of that, I was eating food that was waaaayyy healthier. This was when I took my fitness to the next level. Finally, I was able to stay on track with my diet so that I can move my body towards better body composition, which meant more muscle and less body fat.

Today I have a special treat for you. Take a few minutes and check out this week’s video. I will show you the exact steps to prepare food to take anywhere!

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To help set you up for success, I’ve created a list of my go-to foods that pretty much always make it into my cooler. They travel well, include protein, fats and carbs, and will stand up against even the toughest TSA agent at security check!

  • Baked sweet potatoes
  • Turkey burgers
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Protein powder
  • Sliced deli meat
  • Tortillas
  • Sliced apples with pecans
  • Promax Pro Series bars
  • Starbucks Via Instant Coffee
  • String cheese
  • Turkey jerky
  • High quality chocolate

Check out this week’s video below for more thoughts on this!

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As always, I’d love to hear from you. Do you have some tricks that I don’t know about? What are your go-to foods to keep with you on the run? Please share your thoughts in the Comments section below!


8 replies
  1. Linda
    Linda says:

    I have just found this website and am looking at purchasing your book but there is one thing that is bothering me on the packing of healthy food, deli meats are high in salt and have many unhealthy additives why would you include those in a healthy diet? I think eating food as close to its natural state is best but many of the foods noted would not be on the list, I am just a little confused about this, perhaps the book explains more?

    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Hello Linda,

      I hope you find my book to be helpful if you decide to purchase it. For your deli meat question, I suggested deli turkey meat as an easy protein to pack in your cooler. You are right, some of the deli meats can be high in sodium and additives, but I look for high quality meats that are low sodium and don’t use additives or preservatives. I eat foods as close to their natural state as well, so this was simply an option for those running short on time. Please keep in mind that my book Lift to Get Lean will help you create the fitness and physique that you want through strength training. While the book does have recipes and breakdowns of some of my favorite natural foods, it does not get into nutritional science, Im so happy to hear of your commitment to eating whole unprocessed foods. That is always the best choice.

      If you have anymore questions, feel free to let me know.

  2. Shirley
    Shirley says:

    Timing is perfect! Have a road trip this weekend and was stressing over my food. Problem solved! Love you Holly! You keep me on track!

    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:


      So glad I was able to ease the stress by helping out with packing your meals. Let me know how it worked for you. Thank you again for the feed back.


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