Are you planning to travel for food? Do you know anyone planning a foodie travel?
As you prepare for your trip around food or to help friends/family prepare for their foodie travel, we encourage you to get off the beaten path and experience authentic food.
We have been on our quest for authentic food in South America for almost 5 months now and have found these 10 essentials to be highly useful for foodie travel.
Wherever your foodie travel plans may take you consider preparing yourself with these 10 essentials.
On this quest, we found our Spork to be really useful when it comes to eating food on the go or from street vendors. Sometimes when we have eaten food from the farmers market or street vendors the utensils not always clean. The Spork reveals to be very handy in this case. Other time we have found the spork useful when traveling by bus. Buses do not always provide full utensils and the spork combines spoon, fork and knife in one item! How more practical this foodie travel essential can be!
It is also super easy to clean, to pack and to use. We never go out without it!
Another foodie travel essential we cannot go without is our water bottle. Buying plastic bottle adds up and it is not eco-friendly. Fortunately in South America the water is drinkable in most of the places we visited. In this case, we used tap water and refill our water bottle constantly. The SIGG bottle has a sleek design, it is BPA free and unbreakable.
When we are out and about, in more outdoorsy activities, we supplement our water bottles with the Platypus hydration system. For example, we used it when we went hiking in Patagonia or when we biked in Valle de la Luna. We love it for its convenience as you don’t need to pull anything out of your backpack to get water. It is “à porter de bouche” meaning that with the hose around you, you just have to squeeze it and you get water!
On our trip, we have used many different kitchens, from Airbnb to hostels. One thing that we have noticed is that it is not always possible to find all the necessary kitchen utensils. Our Swiss knife has come handy in many situations using: the can opener, the wine bottle opener, the beer opener, the scissor to open food package, the screwdriver to screw pan handles, and the knife to cut sausages, cheeses, other food item. We also use it for picnics to make our sandwiches.
Its many functions makes it handy for other situations: scissors and screwdriver helped us in many ways. Definitively a must have for your foodie travel.
On our journey through South America, we have been lucky to find mostly drinkable water. However, in few cases where the water was not recommended to drink from the tap, we found our Steripen to be very useful. We really like it for the fact that it is very compact, lightweight and easy to recharge. It has a USB cord and can be recharge from our computers. It works in less than a minute and makes easy to drink water out of the tap. A real plus in your luggage if you are planning to travel in some countries or to go hiking, to make tap water or river water drinkable.
These capsules are a great add to your first aid kit. We’ve only had to use them a couple time on our trip so far. It was either after a meal that didn’t feel good on our stomachs or when we felt the charcoal could help with digestion. We highly recommend them for your foodie travel. They are easy to transport and don’t take much room.
We have stayed at Airbnb homes many times on this quest and we cannot recommend it enough. It is a great way to get to know the local people and local culture. It is also a great way to cook on your trip and try many of the amazing local fruits, vegetables and unique products.
If you have never used Airbnb, you can use our weblink to get $20 off your next foodie travel with Airbnb.
When you are on the road for several months or even just a few days, the weight of your backpack or luggage is always a consideration. We love books and reading about a country, culture and food specialties. We decided to invest in Kindles to be able to borrow books from the library or buy books from Amazon. It has been a great purchase for us considering that we spend many hours traveling on long -haul buses. Reading has made these long trips a bit more bearable. One bonus of the kindle is the long shelf life. We only need to charge our Kindles once every 2-3 weeks.
With the few electronics we recommend, you cannot forget adaptors to recharge the batteries for your devices. We found that it was best to use an adaptor that allow for USB plugs and that can be used in any country. This way, you can use it for the Steripen as well as for the Kindle. A must have for your foodie travel!
Additionally, if you plan to go to Argentina or if you are interested to learning more about cooking with fire, we want to highlight Francis Mallmann’s book. It is called Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way. You will discover the grilling techniques used in Argentina that makes the meat so tasty and flavorful. It might inspire you to travel to Argentina or try new grilling techniques at home.
These are the essential tools to pack when preparing for your foodie travel. Is there anything you would add? Please share in the comments below what you bought or plan on buying!
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