For those who adhere to a kosher diet, taking a vacation or planning a business trip can be a very stressful time. Sure, when at home you have your refrigerator stocked with kosher meat, snacks and other foods. But as soon as you make plans to leave home, you have to make arrangements that ensure you can eat kosher while on the go. But more often than not, finding kosher meat and other food while traveling is easier said than done. Here are a few tips to help eat kosher, no matter where your travels take you.
1) First, be sure to bring a stash of kosher snacks with you for the commute. Whether you’re traveling by air, train, bus, or automobile, chances are that your options for kosher food are going to be limited and there’s no better way to make yourself sick than by traveling on an empty stomach. So like most things in life, it’s best to plan ahead and come prepared. Pre-packaged snack foods are great travel options, and there are a surprising number of kosher snacks available at many convenience stores. Just pay attention to the packaging and you’ll be fine.
2) If you’re going to be traveling to your destination by plane and there will be a meal served on board, you should request a kosher meal. To better ensure that there are kosher options, you should book your travel arrangements through an agency that specializes in bookings with Jewish travelers. These agencies will usually arrange kosher meals for your flight.
3) If you’re going to be staying in a hotel, make sure that you have a fridge in your room. That way it is much easier for you to keep your stash of kosher food you brought along with you, fresh. If you are going to be in an unfamiliar place for an extended period of time, and are concerned about finding kosher meat, you can always order kosher food online. Many online retailers cater specifically to travelers in locations with minimal kosher options. With the kosher food online option, you can have kosher food delivered to your doorstep in little to no time. And if you have a refrigerator and cooking ranges in your lodging facility, you’re good to go.
4) If you’re eating at a restaurant and are concerned about your kosher diet, you should ask the server to have your food cooked in aluminum foil. Also request that your meal be served in the same foil in which it has been cooked.
5) The internet has really made traveling a lot easier for travelers, especially those who eat kosher. There are tons of resources online for Jewish travelers that list kosher restaurants in your location, and offer information on what type of food is served, and even offer directions. When in doubt, just turn to the trusty internet, and you’re sure to find some kosher food options nearby.
All in all, sticking to your kosher diet should not be a headache while traveling. With a little planning, preparation and foresight, you can have your trip go off without a hitch and have a belly full of kosher food!