Ifm looking for some advice about packing and lunches. And I seem to be doing it the long way!
I live in Japan, and I travel a lot visiting schools. When I travel, I like to take the least amount of stuff possible. I have to carry the stuff to all my destinations, so too much is a bit of a pain. However, Ifd like to take more things to facilitate a healthy lifestyle with me.
Herefs a typical school visit to my most rural school. I leave my house around 5:30-5:45 and take a taxi to the ferry terminal. I hop on the ferry and travel about 2 hours to the island. Once on the island, someone usually drives me the remaining 20-25 minutes to school. I have my working day at school. After school, I ride the bus with the students back to town. Just FYI, the students ride a public bus, so at least Ifm not having to ride a big yellow bus around the island. Pshew. Once off the bus, I walk up two steep hills to my small hotel (similar to a bed and breakfast, I think). I eat dinner at the hotel, and then I usually have some free time, or I might get together with some teachers. The next day, I have breakfast at the hotel, and someone takes me to the bus stop. I ride the bus again, and have a 2nd day of school. After school, I take the ferry home. Well, I have to get out at the ferry terminal and then take a bus or taxi to my house. The ferry doesnft go all the way. Haha. If I have energy, I like to stop at the gym before I go back to my house, but often the ferry after a long day wipes me out.
To be honest, I love the setup. And if Ifm not trying to be fit, itfs no trouble. But Ifm always trying to improve, and I think this is one area in which I can improve.
First off, lunch. I have to take lunch for both days. The first day isnft really a problem, but packing the other lunch 31 hours before Ifm going to eat it gets a little tricky. Buying ingredients on the island is nearly impossible. There is one shop that sells snacks, but nothing healthy. The other shops are way out of range. So, itfs much better if I can take healthy foods with me.
Second, stuff. I have to take my teaching materials, indoor shoes, overnight stuff, and lunch for two days with me. The island is known for its scenery, so I love to get out and explore (adds in more stuff, since I really shouldnft explore in my teaching clothes).
Questions: What types of vegetables have you found that can stand up to rough handling? Ifm also thinking about packing a block of frozen soup. What leakproof containers have you found that are good for lunches? I really donft want soup to leak all over my underwear. What good tips have you found for packing everything in a small bag? Do you know of any bags that look like work bags, but are roomy?
Any other lunch or packing tips for me?