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.
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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 are our SIGG water bottles. Buying plastic bottle adds up and is not eco-friendly. Fortunately, in South America, the water is drinkable in most places we visited. In these cases, we used tap water and would 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, Argentina or when we biked in Valle de la Luna in northern Chile. 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, wine bottle opener, beer opener, scissors to open food packages, the screwdriver to screw on panhandles, and the knife to cut sausages, cheeses, other food items. The Swiss knife also comes in handy for picnics and making sandwiches.
Its many functions makes it a handy tool for all types of situations. Definitively a must have for your foodie travels.
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. The Steripen 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 necessity for certain countries or to make the water portable if hiking.
These Activated Charcoal pills 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 has been after meals that have not sat well on our stomachs or when we felt the activated charcoal could help with digestion. We highly recommend carrying activated charcoal for your foodie travels. 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.
They have been a great purchase considering how many hours we’ve spent traveling on long -haul buses. Reading has made these long trips a bit more bearable. One bonus of the Kindles is the long shelf life. We only need to charge our Kindles once every 2-3 weeks.
With the electronics we recommend, you cannot forget adaptors to recharge the batteries for your devices. We found that the best adaptors 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 in learning more about cooking with fire, we highlight Francis Mallmann’s book, Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way. You will discover the unique grilling techniques used in Argentina and that makes the meat so tasty and flavorful. It might inspire you to travel to Argentina or try new grilling techniques at home.
For Argentina grilling techniques at home, see our article here: 9 Ways How To Grill Like an Argentinian.
These are the essential tools to pack when preparing for your foodie travel. Is there anything you would add? Please share your comments below.
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Claire is a culinary explorer, digital nomad and engineer brain behind Authentic Food Quest. Together with her partner, Rosemary, they created Authentic Food Quest to help people find the best local food on their travels. For over 5 years they have eaten their way through South America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and North America while sharing the best local food experiences on their website. Authentic Food Quest has been featured on top publications such as Huffington Post, Business Insider, and Honest Cooking. Claire and Rosemary are also authors of Authentic Food Quest Argentina and Authentic Food Quest Peru, available on Amazon.