- My partner and I travel pretty often so we stock up on food on a weekly budget of $100 at Aldi.
- We buy Southern Grove trail mix and Simms beef jerky to bring on flights and road trips.
- We'll also head to Aldi to pick up frozen and microwaveable options, like Earth Grown protein meals.
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My partner and I are avid travelers who often stock up on food at Aldi to take in the car or on planes. We find we save a lot of money on costly airport meals and hotel restaurants by planning ahead whenever we take a trip.
Aldi is also our favorite supermarket, so it's great that locations are easy to find all over the central and eastern US. There's also often an Aldi within walking distance of whatever hotel we stay at, so we'll head over with a reusable bag or backpack to grab some microwavable meals or shelf-stable foods.
For a typical week of travel, my partner and I try to only dine outonce a day. Otherwise, we stick to a grocery budget of $100 a week at Aldi.
Here are 10 of my favorite things to get at Aldi when we travel.
An Elevation energy bar is an easy on-the-go breakfast.
I'll admit that I've eaten the Elevation energy bars for breakfast more than a few times. It's not the most extravagant meal but it gets the job done and saves you some money on a disappointing airport breakfast.
The Elevation energy bars are easy to eat in the car on the way to the airport or a road trip without making a mess. There are several kinds to choose from so we don't get sick of the same old flavors.
The six-count Elevation energy bar variety pack comes with crunchy peanut-butter, chocolate-chip, and white-chocolate macadamia-nut flavors for $5.30.
The Park Street Deli chickpea salad is a portable, protein-packed lunch option.
The Park Street Deli chickpea salad is one of my all-time favorite lunches because it's yummy, portable, and tastes good at room temperature.
I'm pretty sure you're supposed to eat the salad as a side, but I'm happy wolfing it all down and calling it lunch. I also like that it contains pretty healthy ingredients like chickpeas, edamame, cranberries, carrots, and bell peppers.
When I travel with the chickpea salads, I always pack them in a plastic bag since I've noticed that some oil can leak out if they're not stored completely upright.
The Park Street Deli chickpea salad costs $3.
The Whole and Simple chicken quinoa bowls are easy to pop in the microwave.
The Whole and Simple Mediterranean chicken quinoa bowls are a delicious Aldi find. The sun-dried tomatoes and spinach really please my palate.
You can find the Whole and Simple quinoa bowls in Mediterranean and Southwestern flavors in the freezer section. I'll often put them in a small lunch box with an ice pack to keep them cool.
I also like that the quinoa bowls contain 16 to 17 grams of protein, so they'll keep you full. You can find the Whole and Simple quinoa bowls for $3.50 each.
The Earth Grown plant-based protein meals turn tacos or pad thai into easy dinners.
The Earth Grown protein-packed meal packages are perfect for quick hotel dinners and are completely meat-free. They come in a variety of flavors, including Southwest burrito-bowl, taco-filling, and pad-thai options.
I love that the meals don't need to be refrigerated so I can stuff them in my suitcase and pull them out when I'm ready to eat. I think they taste better if you pop them in the microwave for 60 seconds, but they don't need to be heated up to be eaten — good news if you find yourself in a hotel without a kitchen.
The Earth Grown plant-based protein meals cost $3 each.
If our hotel has a refrigerator, we pick up the Park Street Deli microwavable meals.
The Park Street Deli microwaveable meals are fully cooked and need to be refrigerated, so we'll grab these when we want something hearty but don't feel like leaving our hotel to go out to dinner.
There are a variety of microwavable meals to choose from, including pork carnitas, chicken fajitas, and pulled pork. My favorite flavor is the artichoke-stuffed chicken, which can last two to three meals when paired with rice.
Depending on the type you get, the Park Street Deli meals cost $6.50 to $7.50 each.
The Earthly Grains 90-second rice is the ultimate way to round out a meal.
The Earthly Grains 90-second rice packets have absolutely spoiled me. I love to eat them even when I'm not traveling because making the packets is so much faster than pulling out my rice cooker.
The precooked, ready-to-heat rice packets are also a cheap and easy way to get some calories on the road.
I think rice can make any meal, like a burrito bowl or artichoke-stuffed chicken, heartier. Aldi sells basmati, jasmine, roasted-chicken, and wild-rice flavors for $1.40 per package.
The Park Street Deli Snack Selects save the day when I'm getting hungry.
I'm more prone to getting hungry when traveling so I like to keep a few snacks on me at all times to keep my blood sugar from crashing.
The Park Street Deli Snack Selects are the perfect solution for a midday slump and contain a variety of different cheeses, nuts, sweets, and meats.
I've found that they travel well unrefrigerated over the course of a day as long as it isn't too hot out. Depending on the option you choose, one will cost you about $3 to $3.50.
I like to bring a Park Street Deli snack tray instead of ordering off an airline's menu.
My partner and I try to avoid purchasing any food or drinks on planes by bringing our own snacks.
We like to pick up the Park Street Deli fruit, cheese, and cracker trays, which cost $2.50, or the meat, cheese, and breadstick Italian snack trays, which cost about $3.
Whichever we choose, packing them saves us from wasting money and time waiting for the drink cart to reach our row.
The Simms beef jerky is calorie-dense and travels well.
The Simms beef jerky is supremely portable, and just a few pieces will fill me up for a while. The jerky, paired with cheese or almonds, makes a filling lunch.
The Simms beef jerky is also the perfect hiking food because it's lightweight and calorie-dense. It doesn't require refrigeration, either.
The Simms beef jerky in original and peppered flavors costs $3.50 per pack.
The Southern Grove trail mixes are salty, sweet treats perfect for breakfast or dessert.
Whether I need a morning pick-me-up when I've gotten up early to catch a flight or want something sweet to wind down from a long day of travel, the Southern Grove trail mixes hit the spot.
You can choose from a variety of options, including almonds, walnuts, and raisins;almonds, cashews, and pineapple;almonds, peanut-butter cups, and cherries; and almonds, dark chocolate, and cashews.
The dark chocolate and cashew mix is my personal favorite because I like to dig through the bag for those delicious chocolate morsels. A bag of the Southern Grove trail mix costs $5.
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