Thanksgiving is the biggest travel holiday of the year in the United States. Whether by car, train, bus, or airplane, there are steps you can take to save a significant amount of money on food while you are traveling.
If you’re heading out on the ground (car, train, or bus) it’s easy to pack a lunch, including drinks, to eat along the road. A sandwich and soda or water that you bring from home are a lot less expensive than those you buy along the way. Throw it all in a bag and you are set for hundreds of miles!
Things get a little trickier when you are traveling by airplane. The TSA has restrictions on what you can bring through security. Luckily, the restrictions only apply to liquids. So your sandwich (and apple, and chips, and crackers) is fine to go through security. The beverage is the tricky part. When I fly I always carry on an empty refillable water bottle. Most airports have bottle filling stations, so once you get through security you can fill your bottle and be set for the day (also an effective strategy for staying hydrated at the law school!).
Traveling is expensive enough on its own. There’s no need to compound that with the cost of road food!