This one is from the archives, as this train trip actually took place in August, but given that my packed lunch today was pretty boring, I figured this would be a nice one to feature. I’ve taken the train with Starfish before, but this time was memorable in that it was really her first time aboard where she could really appreciate that she was riding on an actual train. (Note: one of us is obsessed with trains. It isn’t me.)
Needless to say, the high points of the trip were seeing other trains when we paused at stations. I’m grateful that train wasn’t very full, allowing us to sit at the “groups of 4 only” table without incurring anyone’s wrath. I’m pretty sure having her own seat at a big table was probably pretty rockin’ too.
In terms of the bento, this box is a pretty big one (~976 mL) and although I have used it for my own lunches, it pretty much only comes out for salads because of its size*. With that said, it turned out to be pretty spot-on when packing a train lunch for Starfish and myself on our trip to the hometown for a family gathering! I am generally in favour of travel by train, though I will say there is a huge difference between business and normal class. Sadly, with Starfish being old enough to warrant her own ticket and seat, both of us travelling business just wasn’t in the cards; packing a lunch went a long way to making the ride more pleasant!
I packed soy eggs for protein (which were apparently not to Starfish’s taste; though she did like the yolks), veggies and hummus, some crackers, cheese and a few dried apricots. All in, it was a simple, relatively balanced snackety lunch, and I did convince her to eat something other than crackers, cheese and apricots. So that worked out!
* Actually, that’s not entirely true. When I predict a to-go situation, this is the box I usually toss in my bag.
As a note, if you’re wondering if that movable plastic divider kept the excess soy from the eggs from wandering over to the cheese+apricot side, the answer is no. It’s definitely not a barrier to liquids. I have found that it’s easier to use the divider to squish whatever unruly food I have over a bit so I can cram a muffin cup or two in, though I could probably just manhandle my food in without it.
What about you all? Any favourite in-transit foods or travel go-tos that you swear by?