I make this stuff up as I go along… With that said, I’d like to share the system I’ve worked out for surviving conferences while on meal replacements. It involves bottles and bags.
Before leaving home, I bundle my meal replacement packs and bars in sandwich bags, one for each day, so I know I’ll have the food I need. This also helps me account for how many meals I’ve had in a particular day if I’m busy and forget to add a shake to my meal log.
I have to pack my single serving dressing packs in my TSA-sanctioned gels and fluids baggie until making it through security. Once checked into my room, I add the dressings to the individual day packs.
As soon as possible, I buy 2 bottles of water. One of them I use exclusively for drinking water. The other I use exclusively for shakes. To tell them apart, I remove the label from the shake bottle. At home, I carry a 72 oz. water jug. To achieve the same amount of water intake at a conference requires several refills per day. At the conference I just returned from, there were water coolers all over the place. If you can’t find a water cooler, you’re likely to find a drinking fountain.
To get your meal replacement into the bottle, tear a corner off the bottom of the pack. It is much easier to pour through a hole on the bottom because the excess packaging is less. As soon as you finish your shake, rinse the bottle thoroughly.