Air travel and feeds
Hello again, swimmers!
I have what's probably a silly question--please bear with me--I still see myself as a marathon swimming newbie.
My recent marathon swims have been close enough to home to get there by car (sometimes bus or Amtrak), but I'm flying to the Kingdom 10k. The advice I'm reading about feeds plus my experience ends up involving a lot of bottles and liquids--and now I'm wondering how this will square with the security procedures at airports. Gels shouldn't be a problem, as they're pretty compact and can go into my backpack easily enough. A 10k is likely short enough so it's not going to require tons of feeds (I'm in awe of folks who travel long distances to swim 20 miles or more). But how do you keep things compact enough to stay within airline weight limits and avoid suspicion by TSA?
I'm thinking powder mixes, but that said, what are some of your favorites? In close-to-home swims, my usual choice is periodic gulps of Gatorade, alternating with Trader Joe protein shakes (in plastic bottles, so maybe less practical for flying), alternating with water/gel. These have kept me going for up to 11 miles--I still have much to learn, of course. The Nuun tablets have been okay too, so might be able to substitute for Gatorade, and then it's a small container of tablets I can mix w water once I get to the hotel.
Grateful for any insights! Thanks!