6 Tips for Travel with a Picky Eater

Something that stresses me out more than it should is my daughter's picky eating.  I could write several different blogs about that, but I won't bore you with all the details.

The thing is, I was concerned that when we traveled, especially overseas, that my daughter wasn't going to eat. She is a finicky eater. She hates meat (except bacon), hates most veggies, loves carbs, likes fruit when its her choice, etc.

Here are 6 ways we ease the meal time shenanigans while we travel:

She loved meat until she didn't.  This is a glorious, pre-vegetarian meal.

She loved meat until she didn't.  This is a glorious, pre-vegetarian meal.

1) Bring familiar snacks. We always bring PLENTY of snacks to cover our entire travel day + AT LEAST 1 day; domestic or international. When we travel domestically, we usually purchase the same snacks that we use at home once we arrive. For overseas travel, we pack enough to last us through the long travel day, plus 1-2 days.  This gives us plenty of time to find a local grocery store and regroup.

2) Order similar dishes that you have at home.  Pasta and fruit are pretty standard across the world. You can find something comparable most places.  We've had great success and some failures at this, but when it works, it's awesome.

3) Bring familiar utensils.  This probably sounds dramatic and who wants to carry extra stuff in their bags? BUT stay with me.  Toddlers love what's familiar.  It could be the difference between suffering through the next meal or getting them to EAT! 

In the Subway in NYC with our trusty sippy cup

In the Subway in NYC with our trusty sippy cup

4) Keep a familiar sippy cup close.  When a person is dehydrated, the symptoms can appear as hunger and makes it hard to determine hungry vs thirst.  If you're child feels OVERLY hungry, she will be even more aggravated come meal time.  Keeping them hydrated may curb the pre-meal melt downs.

What in the?!  She's actually eating the meat off her pastry.

What in the?!  She's actually eating the meat off her pastry.

5) Attempt local snacks.  I was beside myself when my daughter ate a meat covered pastry in Prague.  She's two and a self proclaimed vegetarian, so you can imagine my shock.  I was also shocked when she refused some homemade mac-n-cheese in Krakow.  I thought for sure she would love it, but it worked out in my favor because it was DELICIOUS.

6) Just relax.  Kids sense fear.  HA!  But seriously, they sense stress.  Go into each meal with an open mind and have a back up plan if it falls through.  We like to keep the fruit/veggie pouches on hand for all the times she decides she hates what's being served.  This saves us from an on-the-road melt down and let's us get the most out of our time on vacation!

Traveling with a picky eater can be frustrating, but it doesn't have to stop you!  We have had a lot of luck finding comparable snacks and drinks our kids are familiar with when we travel; even overseas.

And sometimes you just let them go for it.  Her face doesn't show it, but she ate most of that mammoth pastry in Budapest.

And sometimes you just let them go for it.  Her face doesn't show it, but she ate most of that mammoth pastry in Budapest.

Let us know how you have overcome a picky eater on the road! 

 

Fly Brave, Travel Often, See Everything,

Tavia

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