Cooking in the hotel room! It is a great way to make sure you get the nutrition you need! This year I set up a small carry-on size luggage bag with a few key cooking ingredients.
#1: Standard hot plate. They are cheap and many different foods can be cooked in them. Steam vegetables, fry an egg, cook a soup or stew. Anything!
#2: Sharp Knife and Flexible cutting board: A sharp knife is key, just be sure that if you do carry the luggage onto the airline, that you place the cutlery in the check in bag. TSA actually let me take my hot plate in the carry-on luggage.
#3: Wooden Spoon: Very important for mixing the food!
#4: Wash cloth and small soap container: The bathtub is really the best place to do the dishes. Just make sure you do the dishes promptly and run the shower a bit, otherwise you might find small bits of broccoli in between your toes after your next shower. Super cool!
#5: When cooking quinoa, rice or any grain, always add too much water as opposed to too little. That way the grains fully cook, usually excess water either steams off or you can drain it. In general, add enough water to make sure that all of the grains are submerged.
#6: Don't forget to bring along your favorite spices. My current favorites are those that help reduce inflammation, like cinnamon and tumeric. Sage, sea salt, apple cider vinegar, olive oil and a little vanilla for your next protein shake are also very good ideas for your traveling spice kit.