This is a guest post by 30Traveler.com.
As a vegan traveler, I pack some extra bits and pieces to make travel easier. If you have other special dietary needs, such as gluten-free, you’re likely to find these packing tips useful as well.
These are 5 things that make it into my bag for most trips.
1. Cooler Bag
I take a small cooler bag.
Why: On the road, I use it for transporting food on public transport. If I’ve gone out of my way to visit a vegan restaurant, I often buy extra vegan dessert for the following day. Vegan cake survives transport better in a cooler bag!
I also take my own food on flights. I take my cooler bag as my carry on “personal item.” Read more about how I work around airline liquids restrictions.
2. A Plastic Bowl and Utensils
I take a bowl and utensils. Sure I could take a spork but I prefer normal cutlery.
Why: Combined with a box of cereal and some soy milk, this allows for easy breakfasts or late night snacks.
I also tend to buy hummus, salads, bread rolls etc at Wholefoods type supermarkets and eat them in my hotel room.
3. A Knife that will Cut Up Fruit
The knife pictured above is my favorite for double duty as a normal knife, and for cutting up things like fruit.
4. Backup Food
Why: Even in places that are relatively easy to travel as a vegan (like Thailand and Vietnam), eating on the go is often hard. I always pack some backup food. You might just take a packet of vegan/gluten free cookies for if you need a quick fuel top up, however I like to take some easy protein. The above meal just needs to be boiled a few minutes in a pot of hot water. You dump the foil bag in pot of boiling water without opening it first. If you don’t have access to cooking facilities, you can easily ask someone to boil a pot of water for you. I like beach holidays and there is often not good vegan protein available on tropical islands!
You can buy these very cheaply at your local Indian supermarket. To save space, use a Sharpie to write what’s inside on the foil bag and discard the box.
5. My Camping Stove and a Small Pot
I take my camping stove on beach trips. I typically buy rice from where I’m staying and cook my own protein. Usually tins of chili beans or baked beans with some chili flakes for extra taste. A diet of tropical fruit, rice and beans, cereal and soy milk, and vegan chocolate, keeps me happy for week long trips to the beach. I feel good and have plenty of energy for hiking and swimming.
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Thanks for interviewing me Brooke. I enjoyed it!!
These routines took me awhile to figure out, so hopefully they’ll help other people with special dietary requirements to figure out their own travel routines.
I was vegan but I switched to Vegetarian to make it easier to travel (although that’s not always easy it’s my bottom line) thanks for the tips. I’m trying to get Soya milk now at my local supermarket but I can’t figure it out if they have it or which one it is. Hopefully soon.
Thanks for the tips. I’m not vegan but have food allergies. I have traveled a lot and have found taking non parishables I can eat helps. I hadn’t thought about how to branch out from peanut butter and crackers for protein.
I’m living in Argentina and you would not BELIVE how hard it is to be vegan here, Most south american countries do not recive importation so they don’t have whole food markets, or any alternative “easy” food for example ready meals or such…You have to make everything from scratch or buy it and it is crazy expensive.
I can’t even imagine trying to be vegan in S. America. The diet is so meat heavy, it must be a real challenge!
Ive been travelling SE Asia for 3 months now and id just like to add that having a vegan translation card is very handy.
Great idea! We have translation cards in a post about allergies, but not here. Thanks!