Travelling Smart: Should You Buy or Bring Your Own Food?

I remember having a similar problem when deciding whether to purchase or rent specialist tools for my handyman and DIY needs. Luckily, I came across a decent article that made me decide.

Before we discuss whether you should bring or buy food when traveling, allow me to share with you my experience with tools first.


One of the upsides of having my own equipment is that it’s available for me anytime I need it, and I can do whatever I want with it. I can use it for as long as I want without having to worry about the rental fee increasing. I also won’t have to make a single call or an arrangement to wait whether the tool I need is available or not. It’s also a bonus that I don’t have to worry about returning it. To be honest, the most significant advantage was that I was able to save money.

Upsides of Bringing Your Own Food

Likewise, I found that the best way to save money when traveling is to bring meals and snacks. Sure, the task of preparing food for a long journey may be daunting, but it’s still worth it. Anyone on a short or long trip would definitely appreciate how much money can be saved. Before traveling, you should pack meals that are light, easy to carry, don’t require a lot of fussiness to eat, and can be satisfying as well. It’s essential to note that the food you should pack must be travel-friendly. The ingredients and the type of food you’ll bring will depend on how long your journey will take. Remember, some food may be spoiled after a few days.


Another advantage of taking your own food with you is that you can eat anywhere, anytime. It’s also the advantage I’ve mentioned earlier when having your own handyman tools. No more waiting in line for a fast food meal, no more waiting for a fancy meal that costs lots of dollars, and no more suffering for your tummy. You can eat whenever you feel, and you’ll have no competition.

Tips for Buying Food When Traveling

However, if you’re going on an unexpected trip and you have no time to prepare your own packed meals, then there’s no other choice but to purchase smartly to still be able to save money. How? Follow the tips below.

  • Order small quantities of pay-by-weight food.
  • Order only what you can eat. Don’t just order one of everything because they look tasty.
  • Check out markets and small bakeries in the afternoon—they usually sell baked goods at half price!
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    Street food in Israel

    Purchase street food from street vendors. They are cheap and won’t harm your wallet. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy some of their local delicacies without having to spend too much. The only downside about this is that the street food can be risky as they could cause your stomach to be upset. So just be really careful.


And there you have it! Now you can travel smart and eat smart!