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Packing for the Kosher Traveler

Later tonight I’m heading on a super long trip with my wife to Argentina. While Buenos Aires is known for having tons of food, a stopover in Mexico City and a total travel time of 18 hours makes our trek extremely long and tiring.

To ensure that we will have enough food for our travel day, and for after we land late at night, we set out to find kosher travel products that can pass the “carry-on” test of size and having less than 4oz of liquid.

We found a great array of kosher products to keep us satiated for at least a day, and definitely longer.

JIF Peanut Butter cups (not like Reese’s – actual cups of peanut butter) are portable and the perfect size to shmear on the rolls and baguettes we bought.

Chicken of the Sea Tuna cups can be eaten straight, mixed with a packet of mayo, or thrown onto a sandwich much easier than a regular tuna can, and even those tuna pouches.

Luck Chen Chinese noodle meals are a healthier and a more filling alternative to the Tradition’s noodle soups. I found this product a few weeks ago at KosherFest, and it was good. They only require hot water or water and a microwave. Don’t worry, we won’t be having these meals on our stopover in Mexico. We fear Montezuma’s revenge. We’ll be saving them for our arrival in Buenos Aires.

Granola bars are the perfect snack for the kosher traveler. They are surprisingly satisfying for their size.

What kosher foods do you bring on your travels. Comment below.


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Dani Klein

Dani Klein founded YeahThatsKosher in 2008 as a global kosher restaurant & travel resource for the Jewish community.

He is passionate about traveling the world, good kosher food / restaurants, social media & the web, technology, hiking, strategy games, and spending time with his friends & family.


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  • I usually bring those Tasty Bite Indian packets of food. Some people believe the hechsher to be sketchy, but I feel that it is reliable. I also bring a jar of peanut butter — less wasteful than the individual cups, which I’ve also seen. I’ll have to look for those tuna cups. I usually just use the vacuum sealed pouches. Packets of instant oatmeal are also good; I usually mix a packet of flavored with a packet of regular.

  • I pack pretty similarly, although I also take a jar of peanut butter, and, if I can fit it, I’ll take a whole loaf of bread and/or a tube of Ritz-like crackers. I once took a La Briute meal with me for an overnight trip and it wasn’t horrible, but I don’t think I’d do it for a trip that was any longer. I love bringing Nature Valley granola bars, because I find them to be the most filling, and any little snack packets of nuts or pretzels are a nice thing to have. Kabanos have also been a serious lifesaver when traveling–just be careful how you pack them so your clothing doesn’t smell like meat.

  • I like to make my own mix of nuts and raisins/cranberries in a zip lock bag, which makes for a filling muncher. Of course, bread, granola bars, various crackers, and tuna cups are the keepers. Dry salami can keep without refrigeration. If the trip to the fridge is a decent length I like to take various cheeses. A few yogurts in an ice pack are also nice if weight is not an issue. A few LaBriutes are also convenient if you want a hot meal in the middle of nowhere. A bar of parve chocolate is also nice. Travelling with child makes us the consumers of long-life milk that doesn’t require refrigeration (it also comes in personal sizes like juice does).