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The UnPacking List #2: How to Bite Into the Plant-Based Lifestyle

plant-based lifestyle

Diana Edelman of had a life-changing experience while traveling and volunteering at an elephant sanctuary several years ago. This adventure inspired her mission to make veganism more accessible – whether traveling or at home.

In this episode, we discuss the vegan trend, the ins and outs of traveling as a vegan, and all the baby steps you can take to introduce more plant-based products into your diet.

Because the vegan lifestyle is about more than what you eat. It improves your body’s health, impacts the health of the planet, and provides kindness to animals.

What You’ll Learn:

  • The reason you shouldn’t ride elephants when you travel.
  • How Diana is choosing to change people’s minds when it comes to veganism.
  • How to find good vegan restaurants and cafes while traveling.
  • Diana’s top destinations for vegan dining (you might be surprised by her top recommendation!)
  • Easy ways you can start the move towards a more plant-based diet.
  • The best places for vegan food in Diana’s home city, Las Vegas!

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What steps are YOU taking to introduce a more vegan, plant-based diet into your life?

And don’t forget to…

Written by Brooke

I run the show at Her Packing List and love packing ultralight. In fact, I once traveled for 3 entire weeks with just the contents of a well-packed 12L handbag. When I'm not obsessing over luggage weight, I'm producing episodes of The UnPacking List or just snuggling with my pet rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

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Gear We Use


Packing Cubes – Organize your luggage with the lightweight, durable and compressible Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes.

Backpacks + Daypacks

Pacsafe – Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, Pacsafe bags make you a more confident traveler. We especially love this bag.

Sea to Summit – Of all the Sea to Summit products, our most recommended is the fits-in-your-palm, super packable Ultra-Sil Daypack.

Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that are perfect for stashing secret cash, lip balms, and passports.

Anatomie – Anatomie travel pants come with luxury prices, but they offer many benefits for travelers. See our review of the famous Skyler pants.

Travel Resources

Booking Airfare

Dollar Flight Club – Get flight deal alerts for your preferred departure airport. There is both a free and premium version (recommended for more sweet deals). Members save on average $500 USD per flight!

Skyscanner – Skyscanner is our preferred site for searching flights. They offer unbiased search results and are free from hidden fees. You can also book your hotels and rental cars.


Airbnb – Airbnb is the best place to book out apartments around the world. Sign up using this link to get $37 USD off your first stay booking + $14 USD towards an experience booking! – Search for hotels, hostels, and apartments using this one resource. Use it for flights, car rentals, and airport taxis as well.

Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

Reader Interactions


  1. Diane says

    Hi, Brooke. As much as I enjoy your podcasts, I always wish I could read the transcript. It’s easier for me make the time to read than it is for me to find the time to drop out of the household to listen. I also get more out of reading. Have you considered offering transcripts of your broadcast right in the post? I’m really enjoying the Mighty Networks HPL community.

    • Brooke says

      Hi Diane, Thanks for the feedback, and thanks for listening! At this time, I am not considering transcripts – mostly because of time and money. Working on my own, I’m thankful each week to get an episode up at all! πŸ˜† And transcription services are an extra expense that I’m not adding to my list at the moment. Down the road should things improve and grow, I absolutely would consider adding that on! I love listening to podcasts while I’m doing housework – have you considered that? Thank you again for being a part of the community, and again for your feedback. It’s good to know what sort of changes and improvements would benefit the site/community. πŸ™‚

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