So you’re about to do some traveling and don’t know how to keep up with your new, Raw Vegan lifestyle. Life as a Raw Vegan doesn’t have to stop as soon as you board the plane or hit the road. Here are some tips and tricks to make traveling as easy and worry free as possible.
1. Research in advance local health food stores and restaurants
This is probably the most important thing you can do when preparing for travel. Know where the local farmers markets, health food stores, and healthy eating restaurants are located before you get there. Getting to know the local produce in a new area can be an exciting way to introduce new variations of produce that may not be available elsewhere. If staying in a hotel ask for a mini fridge and make a trip to the closest grocery store upon arrival. If you are staying with friends don’t be afraid to let them know about your healthy lifestyle, as you will be needing a small amount of space in their kitchen and refrigerator. The temptation for non raw, non vegan foods becomes much stronger when the right foods aren’t readily available. Keeping well stocked is the key to making it easy.
2. Bring a portable hand blender
A hand blender can be small, light weight, and surprisingly portable for travel. It will probably become your favorite tool on the go. Use it to make single serving sized smoothies, shakes, dressings, dips, nut butters, sauces, soups, and more. You can also bring a nut milk bag and use it with your blender to make nut milks and fresh juices!
3. Pack a Cooler
Make room for a small cooler, especially if you’re going to be on the road for a while. Pack items that you will need while driving, and also any items you think might not be readily available at your destination. Keep some pre-prepared dressings, sauces, and nut or seed butters ready to go and easily accessible. If flying, check and see if the airline has any raw vegan meal options or snacks that can tide you over until landing. If they don’t make sure to either pack a lunch, or even consider fasting while in the air.
4. Items to keep on you
Keep dry items such as raw bars, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, raw chocolate, nut butter packs, vitamin powders, or your favorite seasonings either on you, or close enough to grab quickly. These types of items provide filling calorie sources to keep your hunger at bay when traveling. They are easy to store, easy to eat, delicious, and don’t take up much room.
5. The Raw Vegan Traveler’s Tools
Other items you’ll need to make traveling and keeping with your raw vegan diet as easy and efficient as possible would include a foldable cutting board, and a chef’s knife. A foldable cutting board and one good knife is all you need when you can only bring the barest of essentials. Storage containers will also make it easier for you to bring fresh prepared fruits and vegetables with you when on the go. If you are traveling to a foreign country, and are worried about there being a language barrier, make sure to either memorize some of the names of your favorite produce or to write out a foreign produce list.
Finally, don’t be afraid to make requests and ask for specific items when traveling. Some people don’t understand what it requires to be a raw vegan, and if you are able to conquer these anxieties quickly then you may keep yourself from ending up in less than ideal situations. When at new restaurants it’s okay to ask questions, and if you’re staying with friends but don’t feel comfortable speaking up, you can offer to help with the grocery shopping. You truly can be a raw vegan and travel with ease. Make sure to pack prepared and keep an open mind while exploring!