Hi everyone…I just returned from Brazil this morning, so this post caught my attention.
I travel on business about 75% between Houston (home) to mostly Latin America and sometimes Europe. I have been on People Chow since January, and being able to “travel” with it has been one of the major benefits and attractions.
I travel almost exclusively with carry-on only, which means the Soylent and the bottle are always with me. I do, however, only take with me the dry mix. The oil I either source locally, or do without for a few days. Carrying the oil was a hassle, and not worth it for me.
First, let me address the TSA - I’ve been “pulled over” a few times only (less than 10% of the times). Usually, it’s because the screener doesn’t know how to interpret the image of blender bottle’s metal ball on the scan. This is why I keep my bottle in the front pocket of my carry-on, for quick access. I’ve also been stopped, for the same reason, in other countries - but without any major delay or hassle. They see the bottle and ball and we’re done.
In terms of the Soylent mix - I have been asked about it a few times. I tell them that it’s my “Protein Shake”, and normally that’s enough. I have also been stopped for and the mix taken for inspection in the machine they have on hand to look for traces of explosives. Again, it happens very rarely and is very quick.
In terms of quantity - since I always have at least one business/social meal per day, I take 2 meals per day + 1, all packed separately in a zip bag. So for example, I flew down to Brazil this past Monday night, flying back Thur night, so I took with me 7 bags (equals 7 meals).
I have prepared my Soylent on the plane, in the VIP lounge and many other “unconventional” places. But by now, I’m already used to the stares and hardly notice them.
Overall, travelling with Soylent has been VERY easy and almost hassle free. It brought some sanity and peace to my on-the-road-eating and saved me from airplane food, which has been a huge issue for me prior to Soylent.
I highly recommend it.