Noodles or Peanut Butter?

Everyone needs to have take  comfort food with them when they travel. According to this story, the comfort food of choice for Chinese travelers is instant noodles.


A recent survey showed that more than 30% make sure they have a supply of instant noodles with them when they travel:

The practice is popular among both people making 5,000 yuan ($750) a month and those making 20,000 yuan a month, according to the findings.

The habit persists in China even though president Xi Jinping in 2014 asked citizens (paywall) to eat fewer instant noodles abroad, and sample more of the local cuisine. In 2013, a Maldives in hotel reportedly stopped installing kettles in its rooms to stop Chinese tourists from cooking noodles in their rooms instead of spending money on food in the hotel.

Noodles need side dishes, naturally, so tourists are also bringing pickled vegetables, sausages, and chili sauce with them, said the survey.

When I travel, there are certain comfort food items that always make it into my suitcase:
  • Peanut butter. Like any good American, I can face anything as long as I have access to peanut butter.
  • Granola bars; preferably Quaker Oats chocolate chip and Nature Valley honey and oats. If you’ve got a granola bar, you’ve got lunch!
  • Almonds. I like all kinds of almonds, but raw almonds are the best!
What about you? What food items are essential for you when you travel?


Image credit: Andrew Smith, via Flickr


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3 thoughts on “Noodles or Peanut Butter?

  1. Whenever I leave our apartment, whether for just a few hours or a few days, I carry around with me ziplock bags of my special version of a trail mix that contains an equal amount of almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, cashews, and dried cranberries.

  2. nature valley sweet and salty, and they have less sugar than the honey oats! i also pack a mix of almonds, coconut, cashews and dark chocolate covered blueberries.

  3. I agree…PB for the longer trips. For airplane travel I always like to have something fresh. While heavy, apples, carrots, etc. are ambrosial and a nice snack amid all of the processed food. Plus, the weight is soon lost. 🙂