Most people will experience the occasional bout of travel sickness. Sometimes it comes from drinking unfiltered water. Other times, it comes from eating sketchy street food. But, when you travel as much as I do, you learn which foods will make you feel better. Ideally, you’ll also pack these items so they’re ready to eat as soon as you hit a low spot. If you’re starting to plan a trip to India, consider bringing along any of these stomach-friendly foods. You’ll thank me later.
Luna Bars – You can find Luna bars at just about any airport or pharmacy in America, and they’re widely available abroad. I like to pack a few in my day packs to supplement meals or, in dire situations, replace them. They have a great carb-protein-fat ratio and enough calories to keep you going through a full day of travel – or through a surprise stomach illness. Importantly, the flavors are easy on my gut, which let me get nutrition without risking upset. Lemon is my favorite, and I typically buy them in bulk on Amazon before a trip.
Smoked Salmon – It might sound strange, but I find smoked salmon to be an excellent salve for an upset stomach. It’s a great source of protein, B vitamins, and vitamin D, making it a good option for when I’ve been sick and need to replenish some nutrition. It also has plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help boost energy when you’re feeling low. Of course, smoked salmon does have quite a bit of sodium, but this can be helpful if you do a lot of rigorous activity when traveling in hot places. It can help replenish electrolytes lost while moving around or while sweating through a fever. I tend to order smoked salmon online from Lummi Island before heading out for a trip so I have my favorite brands with me.
Oatmeal Packets – When I’m feeling really terrible, I pull out a trusty packet of oatmeal. These are easy to use while traveling in India because nearly everybody has a tea kettle. Just heat that bad boy up, add it to your oatmeal, and you have a belly-friendly snack or meal ready to go. Bland carbohydrates are easily tolerated by the stomach, and they can suppress everything from nausea to heartburn. I usually bring a pack of Quaker Instant Oatmeal packets on trips. They’re great because you can pour the hot water directly into the packet and eat out of that – no bowls needed.
Applesauce Pouches – Applesauce is the best sweet treat to sooth a sick stomach. It’s easy to digest and has tons of nutrients, like pectin, which is a kind of fiber that dissolves in water. Pectin is great if you’re experiencing a case of food poisoning, as it can help to firm up your stool. I like to bring Braniac kids applesauce packets with me on trips. I might look a little silly while eating them, but they really hit the spot when I’m not feeling so hot.