Hey all! We’re trekking across the country by car, plane, and boat so this post is little off the standard. I haven’t had much time in the kitchen and photo ops have been few with my arms full of luggage and children (my phone left uncharged doesn’t help much either), I do however have loads of information to share!
While packing I was wary of my first cross-country trip as a vegan and nervous about finding plant-based food along the way that would be satisfying and healthy, so even before we left I loaded up our carry-ons with food galore. Here’s a portion of the list:
*wasabi peas (also provided entertainment when my 2-yr-old insisted on licking one)
*protein bars, larabars, zbars- oh my!
*veggies and hummus
*Justin’s Maple Nut Butter travel packs
*vegan chocolate (a must)
*protein powder (to be added to a cup of soymilk purchased in the airport terminal)
*coconut water powder (add to water for electrolytes to prevent travel dehydration, tastes like fun dip when in powdered form!)
*Primal Strips Jerky (BBQ- AMAZING, Teriyaki- ok, Shiitake- blech)
*homemade baked goods
*vitamins and supplements
I know there was more but I have been on the road with 3 kids for 5 days and everything is a bit of a blur.
Here’s a great article I found about airplane regulations and packing yummy vegan meals- some great ideas!
What’s In, What’s Out
There are plenty of snacks, treats, and spreads that get the “all clear” for the friendly skies. According to the US Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) guidelines, all solid food that is wrapped or in a container is allowed, as is whole, unpeeled natural food. However, if you dig into an apple while waiting in line to check your bag, you’ll have to wrap it up before hitting the security checkpoint. All liquids and semi-liquids (juice, coconut milk yogurt, hummus, and the like) should be placed into containers no larger than three ounces (the same as shampoo and soap). And with two tablespoons to each fluid ounce, you can bring on six tablespoons-worth of peanut butter without batting an eyelash. Yum.
……Pack frozen vegan enchiladas in a plastic container and with sauce in a two-ounce cup—by the time you’re aboard, you’re ready to eat.
More words of wisdom on road tripping vegan:
My Travel Food Philosophy:
Aim for Zen-like simplicity, bring along the bare minimum you need to produce food, be creative & flexible, do your research, think ahead, and take advantage of opportunities.
And don’t forget the can opener. Opening cans with a key and a paring knife or your trusty Boy Scout knife gets old fast. Fortunately can openers are available everywhere. Except maybe on camping trips.
Planning is important, but so is spontaneity when travelling. You might find yourself in an area where there are plenty of fast food restaurants and convenience stores, and not much else. Even those places will have something you can eat if you adopt temporary amnesia about organic, non-GMO, and food additives. Taco Bell and Subway are well known examples of fast food outlets (I wouldn’t call them restaurants) where you can get something veg and filling to eat in a pinch. Every town in North America has at least one supermarket, and many have delis where you can buy salads etc.
Always carry an emegency food supply – protein bars, nuts & seeds, dried fruit, trail mix, crackers, chips, fresh fruit, water – enough to keep you going for a day, just in case there’s no other food available.
It pays to find out ahead of time where the natural food stores and veg friendly restaurants are located along your way.
And I LOVE this blog on eating out anywhere vegan, no matter the country. So cool! Totally worth a read.
So there it is. Hope all is well out there in blog land. I’m off for a morning run on the pier and then a day on the beaches of Lake Michigan.