Travel Team Nutrition: Tips for Sports Parents, Coaches, and Managers

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Here are a few travel team nutrition pointers for sports parents, coaches and managers:

Tell all players to bring a supply of emergency food and fluids, incorporating an extra large water bottle loaded with water (remember, though, no fluids permitted when going through airport security).

For airline travel, players should take one or two empty water bottles in their carry-on bag which should then be filled after they have passed through airport security (remember: security will confiscate any liquids!). Consuming beverages containing caffeine increases the risk of dehydration because of the diuretic nature of such beverages.

If the team will be eating as a group, look out for restaurants that offer a buffet-style meal, so each one player can choose the foods she wants in the amounts she wants.

Search for restaurants immediately after arriving to your destination. Ask the manager if the kitchen can prepare to feed a huge group (so you don’t have to wait forever for service, call ahead) and if they can support your group’s sports food needs.

Request pitchers of water to be placed on each table.

Pinpoint the local supermarket where a volunteer can find snacks for the team. Ask for volunteers to organize team meals or snacks at game sites, if necessary.

Offer players fresh fruit, yogurt, granola bars, and juice boxes to eat in their hotel rooms so they won’t be persuaded to buy junk food from the vending machine.

Remind players to not only keep a plastic zip lock bag of non-perishable snacks in their gear bag at all times, but to eat them!

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