Amazing meals are often what we remember most about a particular trip, so why not make food the focus of your next vacation? Foodie travel is becoming more and more popular these days, with people planning their foodie escapes based on new cuisines they would like to experience as well as old favorite dishes they want to rediscover.

So how about you, would you like to step into a world of authentic cuisine? A place where you’re surrounded by the finest food that will immerse you in unique cultures? We thought so! Whether you want to sample wine in Sicily’s Etna Valley, discover the busy food markets of Marrakesh or experience home-cooked traditional food in Portugal, the quest for authentic food is strong in many of us.

If you’re dying to tickle your taste buds and plan your next trip, you may want to check out these 8 travel essentials for foodie travel first. You can thank us later!

Travel essentials for every foodie travel

1. Water to Go Bottle

This is a necessity for the active traveler and those that venture into countries where the tap water is undrinkable such as Thailand. Whether you’re out in the jungle on a hike or exploring European cities, this filtration bottle is one to take with you on your journey!

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2. Spork

Another foodie travel essential we cannot go without is our trusty spork! With this magical combination of the three main utensils, eating on the go or from street vendors has never been so easy. From its small and lightweight frame to it scoring major points in practicality, where would we be on our foodie travel without our sporks?

3. Swiss Knife

When the knife on your spork won’t cut it (pun intended!), the swiss army knife will come in handy. Plus it also acts as your can opener, wine bottle opener, beer opener, scissors and screwdriver, need I say more? A definite must have for your foodie travel.

Why not use some of your tools experiencing a swiss cheese fondue in the Netherlands?” We can assure you, it’s as good as it sounds!

4. Sriracha

For the some who like it hot, sriracha may be an essential for you on your foodie travel, especially if you’re venturing to Spain! The Spanish rarely serve spicy or hot dishes, so whether you want to touch up your own dishes or experiment by mixing it with rabbit with the locals, you can always give a kick to your meals with this sauce.

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5. Cheese Barbeclette

For some, an essential for foodie travel may be the cheese barbeclette! If you struggle when you don’t get your cheese fix, then you’ll know what I mean. A mouth-watering gadget with a cheesy twist, this masterpiece is an essential for any barbecue on the go!

Traveling to the country of ultimate cheese and wine pairing? Then why not try some authentic French specialities that are not to be missed on your travels?

6. Activated Charcoal

The only down side of foodie travel for some, is that many different cuisines may lead to an upset stomach, especially in Asia! For this reason, it is always essential to have tablets such as activated charcoal in your first aid kit. Even if you don’t need it, you’ll be glad you packed them!

7. Language Pocketbook

Imagine you found yourself wandering busy market stalls and you couldn’t communicate with the people to taste all the different foods. How would you know what to try? With your faithful language pocketbook, you can feel confident that you can order with ease. Another foodie travel essential that we couldn’t go without!

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8. Eatwith!

Last, but certainly not least on our essentials list has to be Eatwith! As authentic foodie travel is at the heart of what we do, you can find a local host in most places around the world that will take you in and take you on a culinary journey you won’t forget! Whether pre-booking or finding friends on the go on the app, you can be sure that you’re never far away from a unique foodie experience.

Your foodie experience is waiting to be found at Eatwith.

So, what do you think? Are there any other essentials you couldn’t live without on your foodie travel? If so, we’d love to here about them in the comments below. In the mean time, go forth and plan your foodie travel with our amazing Eatwith hosts around the world!