Food at airports isn't cheap. Food at hotels isn't cheap. Crew members, at least at Steve's airline, no longer get meals during flights. Steve refuses to buy a meal on a plane, which is a principle thing more than anything. Pilot salaries isn't always the highest. Yes, a pilot gets per diem, but per diem still isn't always enough. A man has to eat.
Steve packs food on his trips. Call him cheap, call him whatever, but it works. Steve is also training for a marathon, so he is able to pack foods that are healthy and good for him. Steve will, however, eat dinners out if the layover allows for it. I think that is one meal that he doesn't worry about spending money on. He may even have a drink or two as well.
So, what does Steve pack on trips? Here are his staples:
- peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Make sure that you apply peanut butter on both sides of the bread so that the bread stays softer, longer.
- fruit. Steve always takes apples or oranges. They aren't too messy. They travel well, and don't bruise easily. Plus, I can buy 3 pounds of apples for $3, where you can buy one apple at an airport for $1.19.
- trail mix. Nuts and dried fruit is filling, easy to pack, and good for you.
- protein bars (I eat these too). We aren't brand loyal to these, but I usually get them at Aldi or South Beach bars at Big Lots. Big Lots is the best place to buy these. Instead of paying about $2 a bar at Target, they are around $.75 to $1 each at Big Lots.
- microwavable meals, like noodles in a bowl. These aren't the healthiest option for you, but when push comes to shove they work. These are great for short overnights with reduced rest and early shows. The last thing Steve wants to do when he gets into a hotel room, which he has to leave again in 7 hours, is sit at a restaurant waiting for food. He just wants to fill his belly and go to sleep.
- oatmeal packets. Just add hot water, and presto! Instant breakfast.
Those are the staples, and usually what he packs. He does carry a lunch box/cooler thing. He alternates between a playmate (I think) one that is red and black, and a Royal Caribbean one we got on a cruise. Both are somewhat sizable that has straps, so he can just hook it on