I always get excited when I check-in to a hotel. I love that first moment when I open the door to what will be my new home for the week. Scoping out the free amenities and testing out the pillows on my new bed – that never gets old.
However, while the luxury of room service and a mini-bar is great, it’s really hard not to miss a full kitchen and wholesome home-cooked meals when this is a regular event. Life on the road can be an unhealthy one. Fighting jet lag often forces me to choose sleep over gym, and having a never-ending supply of Kit Kats staring me in the face every night when I get home from work is like self-torture trying to keep away.My new routine, as soon as I arrive in a new city, is to find the nearest supermarket (or even better – health food store) and stock up on no-cooking-needed supplies for the week. I empty out the junk from the mini-bar, and replace with items such as almond milk, nuts, fruits, veggies, and of course plenty of water to save paying $6 per bottle.
I travel with containers so that I can pack a lunch and snacks for the day, which helps keep me away from overdoing it on processed and/or regretful foods throughout the day. The other bonus is saving money.
My Typical Hotel Room Salad:
- Baby spinach and/or rocket
- Cherry tomatoes
- Nuts and seeds
- Dressed with apple cider vinegar & flaxseed oil
Place all ingredients into a container and shake – voila!
I usually bring/buy some plastic cutlery, but you can also order real cutlery from room service. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for bowls, plates, jugs, etc.
Many hotels, particularly in Europe, have the automated minibars that are pretty restrictive with space, even if you have the items removed by the hotel staff. I haven’t done this yet myself, but you can call ahead prior to your arrival and request for a fridge to be placed in your room. Many people need to do this for medications, so it’s not uncommon. (Thanks to Lacey Jones for the tip!)