The individual peanut butter cups (not the candy bar) are great w/ fruit, veggies or crackers as pb is at home. They travel well in a ziplock----or two or more if you're a big pb fan.
Except during warm weather.
I think the OP is talking about the individual serving size peanut butter packets. It's just peanut butter in little sealed cups so no problem in warm weather. I keep these in my cupboard all the time for picnics, etc. It's not like the choc peanut butter cup candies that are really bad in warm weather.
Peanut butter is considered a "gel", so they would need to fit into your 3-1-1 bag if you are carrying on. (Bruce, I thought he was talking about the candy, also - the little bite-size peanut butter cups).
My grown daughter also likes the individual packets of almond butter. When I travel, I usually just take packs of almonds or assorted nuts; they don't need to be in the 3-1-1 bag.
I usually carry a couple of small boxes of "Nabs" in my backpack--peanut butter crackers and cheese crackers.
We often will eat them as a pick me up and skip a meal even.
Other travel foods are picked up in grocery stores after we arrive.
Stay away from gum drops and other favorite sticky sweets. I popped a tooth cap off on day one of last month's trip, and had to go almost 3 weeks without it. A replacement cap was quite expensive.
Yes, I meant the individual serving size of only peanut butter---not quite as large as the individual cups of applesauce. I take them out of the cardboard container (usually come 8 to a pkg) and drop them into a quart ziplock bag. I've not had a problem with them in warmer weather except they are a bit more runny but still ok for dunking.
Great idea but dangerous for those with severe peanut allergies who are nearby. For some,even the smell can cause problems.
For energy and psychic requirements while traveling about, I like nuts and dried fruit.
P.S. For the record, I really like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups...kinda like potato chips though.
Jerky - always have some with me.
I would be scared of that thin foil like lid on the P-Butter puncturing at some point and making a mess.
Like Christi, we take Jerky. I pack the two big bags from Costco and then take baggies to put our daily supply in. Great quick protein source. I also buy the big container of non-salted mixed nuts from Costco, put them in a double bagged gallon bag and again pack our daily potions. These two snacks saved us on our last 13 day trip. Most of our travel fights have been related to be being hungry (aka Hangry-hungry=anger) so since we know this, protein rich snacks are important for marital happiness while traveling.
I like things that either don't melt or get messy, peanut M&M's or similar are great. You get your protein from the peanut, some sugar from the chocolate, all in a very portable, mess-free hard shell. Easy to eat and share. I also like digestive biscuits.
I am an absolute peanut butter fanatic, almost took some of those cups with me last trip--then decided I could do without the calories as it's a late/middle of the night treat for me. For my on-the-go snacking needs I bring some Lara and Clif bars and they are perfect for breakfast when I can't stop in the morning or to keep me going until I find what I want for a meal.
We take jerky from Costco, small individual packs of dried fruit and nuts (trail mix) from Trader Joe's, and individually packaged (six crackers in one pack) of Keebler's Toast and Peanut Butter sandwich crackers from Walmart. We have also taken peeled hard boiled eggs or egg sandwiches, fruits, and sliced veggies in small ziplock bags. Have not and do not plan to bring individual peanut butter cups, but it sounds a good idea for others. My husband is diabetic, so having some food available during a long flight with long stretches between meals is essential.
I packed dry peanut butter for our carryon-only trip to Rome. THe convent guest house breakfast was bread and jam, and so we mixed the peanut butter powder with a bit of water to put on bread. (Son with peanut allergy did not come on this trip.) We gave it mixed reviews, but it was a low-fat protein option that weighed almost nothing.
I thought we couldn't bring nuts and dried fruit on international trips? I realize we can take them on the plane, but I thought they had to be consumed before we get off the plane.
We packed Kind bars and pistachio snack packs from COSTCO for our June trip to Italy. Coming back we had roughly half a dozen of each left. Declared them at Customs in SFO as such when we returned (as coming from US and back). No issue whatsoever. The key is to always declare (a YES on food and NO on fruit/meats) - they ask and you tell. Worst is they take them off you. If you don't declare its a problem - but if you DO declare - then its no harm / no foul even if they take them. Like I said we had no problem bringing excess back. I am religious on declaring everything with Customs/Ag. Even any over allowance of booze/wine. Have never been charged any duty or had anything lifted. However I personally know a guy that did not declare some fruit (idiot - yes, but nice guy) and he is tagged for inspection every time he comes back into USA.
In real life I always have a packet of almonds, instant oatmeal and dried fruit in my bag. I can make the oatmeal in my office coffee maker when I can't leave for lunch. This would also work in a hotel. For travel I usually bring fig newtons. They pack well and work as a light breakfast or a late night snack.
Iggyinportland, we like to bring fig newtons too. They do satisfy the hunger in a pinch. :)
My one standard snack that I must have on every trip is a bag of parmesan Goldfish crackers. If I am changing multiple time zones (like to China), I like to also have some nice, bland animal crackers with me for those middle-of-the-night wakeups.
I love McVitties Digestive crackers and some plain chocolate, those two go well together. I also like peanut M&M's. I always try to look for snacks (or combination of snacks together) that provide multiple sources of nutrition: protein, carb, etc. But the crackers are awfully crumbly and can be messy. M&M's on the other hand are virtually mess/crumb free.
A skinny box of Fig Newtons purchased at the airport got me through several late night hunger pangs and subbed for breakfast a few times on my last trip.