August 6, 2010

Highfalutin and High Flying

If it seems I am a bit punchy this morning, well I think it is because I am drunk with anticipation. I am about to head off to the airport to board one of Virgin America’s swanky 70’s lounge flyers (which always makes you want a cocktail and a disco ball at 7am) and join my friends in Southern California to celebrate a most special day – Miss Davies’ Wedding! Beyond the normal excitement, I will also be acting as the officiant – or the Pope as I like to refer to myself – so I am most definitely filled with the proverbial champagne bubbles and butterflies.

But as I prepare for my weekend getaway, it is equally important that I make sure my suitcase is filled with appropriate, travel-safe, low sodium goodies. No one wants a grouchy master of ceremonies or a tummy that rumbles so loudly that it interrupts the “I Do’s.”

For that reason, I am dedicating this post to the art of traveling on a low sodium diet. I have written on this subject a few times before and as such, have included links to those articles below. But just to kick things off, here’s what I did to prepare for the few days I will be away from my lovely kitchen:

  1. I grabbed myself a bag of Terra No Salt Added Sweet Potato Chips (and took the air out so that it lays flat in my carry-on)
  2. I bought Unsalted Brown Rice Sesame Crackers and threw them in a plastic bag as well
  3. I cooked up some chicken thighs (this is only for the first day of travel so I don’t worry about keeping it cool)
  4. I made my own granola mix with dried cranberries, strawberries, and puffed rice cereal – perfect for breakfast and 911 snacking emergencies
  5. And finally, I packed a little plastic bag of oatmeal. Just add (hot) water. How great is that? If I am really running out of steam, these oats will do the trick in a jiff

Since the bride is one incredible gal, she actually has all my meals taken care of, having sent her caterer a list of my needs. So in reality, I can actually pack quite light for this trip. But it is always good to be prepared. And since I am realistic with myself about my constant need to be eating something, I am sure my efforts will not be wasted.

For more travel tips, be sure to check out the following posts and as always, shoot questions or concerns my way.

Happy Trails: A list of foods you can find at the airport and goodies that easily fit (and don’t spoil) in your bag

On the Road Again: A dear-diary of what I packed in my bag during a week-long, east coast jaunt

Bon Voyage: Advice for when your travels taken you beyond the American border (and when communication may get fishy)

The Dehydrator: When low sodium astronaut food doesn’t exist, make it yourself! This helpful “kitchen” tool enables you to bring your best home-made, low-sodium meals with you anywhere you go – the woods, the outback, and probably even space.

Big Food, Small People: A slightly strange but successful solution to low sodium grub when your resources are limited

With that, please put up your tray table and fasten your seat belts. It’s time to kick off this wedding celebration and as always, chow on! Happy weekend to you all.

Pat January 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm

What a gift both of you are! Thanks for all your tips.

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