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Looking for packing/lunch tips!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Hello, Sparkers!

Ifm 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, Ifd like to take more things to facilitate a healthy lifestyle with me.

Herefs 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 Ifm 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 doesnft 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 Ifm not trying to be fit, itfs no trouble. But Ifm 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 isnft really a problem, but packing the other lunch 31 hours before Ifm 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, itfs 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 shouldnft explore in my teaching clothes).

Questions: What types of vegetables have you found that can stand up to rough handling? Ifm also thinking about packing a block of frozen soup. What leakproof containers have you found that are good for lunches? I really donft 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?

Thank you!
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  • DISPATCH91
    Hi, love the background on your page.

    It doesn't seem I can post a link here but here is the address and you may can copy and paste in the search http://www.sparkpeoplestore.com/cat
    egory.cfm?uid=23099

    If it doesn't work go to your start page and all the way to the right it will say Store, go to the store and look for nutrition there is the pack your lunch on the go containers. A hard plastic would keep your food from getting squashed. You can put them also inside a gallon ziplock bag too so if there was a leak it could catch it.

    You know refried bean are good cold on a tortilla with a little salsa. Celery and carrot sticks travel well. Here in the US we have the small peanut butter that you can take. It is about 2 tablespoons worth in a container, Celery with peanut butter and raisins are nice and tasty.

    You have a pretty full day there kiddo.

    Best of luck.

    Jan/dispatch91
    from the Cougars.
    3214 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/30/2012 4:50:59 PM
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