Traveling as a vegan doesn’t have to be hard. Many times all you need is to do a little prep work and you’ll be all set. I’m sharing some of the best tips I’ve learned for vegan travel!
This Jersey girl has been traveling a whole bunch lately! I’ve taken trips to Europe, Disney World, San Francisco, and Ecuador this year!
One question I often get is “How hard is it to eat as a vegan when traveling?”. Honestly it’s not too bad, especially if you are prepared and do a little research beforehand. Today I’m going to focus on what I pack eating-wise.
I get a bit hangry if I don’t have something to eat when I need it. My whole family has dealt with a hangry situation in the past and encourages me to pack accordingly. This means I need to take some time to decide on some good snacks to take with me on the plane as well as what to pack in my suitcase when I’m site-seeing or need a snack when I’m back at the hotel.
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Some things I consider when packing food items are:
- How far I’m traveling – I usually don’t need much for shorter flights but if I’m traveling somewhere that is over 3 hours, I make sure to have snacks on hand so I’m covered.
- Which planes have a meal included and do they offer vegan options – I usually travel on Jet Blue, United, or United affiliates like Lufthansa. Jet Blue does not give you a meal for “free” but you can purchase a snack box if you’d like. There is one box that has some vegan items but most of the time I will just bring my own snacks to not spend the money. When I flew on United and Lufthansa to Ecuador and Europe, they gave me an option for vegan meals which I was very happy about. When full vegan meals are available on flights, I don’t need as many snacks in my carry-on.
- If there will be a place to purchase vegan items in my destination – If I’m traveling somewhere that I know I can get to a Whole Foods or other veg-friendly stores, I don’t pack as much food. If it’s somewhere new, I pack a bit more just to be on the safe side.
There are a number of vegan items you can bring to make sure your vacation is as comfortable as possible. I thought I’d share with you some things I bring on the plane in my carry on as well as what I pack in my suitcase for when I arrive at my destination.
In My Carry-On
In My Luggage
Mc Dougalls soup cups (they’re vegan & only need hot water)
Non-dairy milk – I get the shelf stable little 6 packs or larger carton and wrap them well
Vegan energy/snack bars
Protein powders for smoothies/shakes
Granola – usually my Chocolate Buckwheat Granola
Hemp seeds – I can throw these on smoothies, yogurt, toast – just about anything to get in my full day of essential amino acids
So that’s what I pack to make sure my hangry-ness stays at bay and make vegan travel a bit easier. I’d love to hear from you:
What are some items you pack to ensure you have something to eat when you travel?
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Mary Ellen Valverde MS, CNS, LDN is a Licensed Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist who helps clients regain their energy, confidence and health by adapting and enjoying a plant-based diet. By uniting her functional nutrition education with her passion for plants and mindfulness, Mary Ellen offers a completely holistic and science-based approach to designing a healthy, plant-based life. When she’s not reading up on the latest nutrition research, you can find Mary Ellen doting on her two rescue shih tzus, creating the perfect vegan mac & cheese, or exploring the world with her husband.