Are you worried about staying vegan while travelling, without stressing out about every meal? Have no fear! These tips are about to make your life a whole lot easier!
1. Bring a lunch box and sandwich/zip lock bags.
These will allow you to do two things: first of all you can pack food to take around with you on your day. You could bring a sandwich or beans or something just in case you don’t find something else to eat while you are out and about, or you just get hungry and don’t want to stop everything to find a place to eat. Second of all you can take home left over food if you eat out and don’t finish everything! Particularly useful in the US, where portions are gigantic 😉 You can use the zip lock bags to bring portioned snacks on the road- which brings me on to my next point…
2. Always bring snacks!
Always carry an emergency snack with you. “Super foods” (hemp seeds, chia seeds, goji berries, etc) are particularly useful since they have so many nutrients. You can put chia seeds into a fresh juice, or even just lemon water, and you can put hemp seeds onto cereal /oatmeal for breakfast, or just snack on them during the day. You could also bring/make granola/protein bars, or individual packets of nut butter with you. Pack a bunch in your main piece of luggage, as well as large amounts of nuts, seeds and dried fruit, and then you can just take a handful in a little baggie for the day! Another idea is to bring individual packets of instant oatmeal which you can make in your hotel room (or possibly even a cafe if you just ask for hot water), that way you can have a hearty breakfast wherever you are. If you are going to be able to make smoothies where you are, you could pack protein powders or those green powders with chlorella/spirulina etc.
3. Check out restaurants beforehand.
Use Happy Cow and Yelp to find restaurants, cafes and markets that you could go to in any area you might be at. Remember that they don’t have to be specifically vegan places- Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican and Middle Eastern food are all pretty easy to veganize. Check out my guide to eating out as a vegan here.
4. Learn useful phrases in the local language.
Be respectful and learn useful phrases in the language of the country you are visiting, such as “I don’t eat chicken/meat/milk/etc”. Don’t expect people to know and understand what being vegan means. Know what ingredients are likely to be used and ask for omissions/substitutions- no milk in your tea, no cheese on your pizza, etc.
5. Make use of local markets and supermarkets.
Remember you don’t always have to eat at a restaurant- make use of local markets and supermarkets. Buy stuff like bread, hummus, beans, rice, fruit and veggies, etc, which you can use to have a picnic or snack on during the day. If you are in a country where there are natural/organic shops, check them out for your supplies too! Google is your friend 🙂
Finally… Don’t stress out- you are travelling! This is what most people wish they could be doing! Just relax and have fun. Yes, most people are going to think you are crazy, but who cares, right??
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