Since getting married 3 years ago, I’ve already filled up my passport.
Yeah. That’s a lot of travel.
China, Ireland, Spain, Morocco, France, Italy, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Honduras, Belize, Mexico, and others, are the country stamps that are colorfully decorating the pages of my current passport. So many fun memories were made on those trips and a LOT of hours were spent sitting on planes or trying to kill time during layers in airports.
So how do I, a plant-eater and world-traveler, eat healthy while traveling? Today I’m going to tell you!
Those of us who have traveled, especially long distances, know that traveling is exhausting and often boring, especially when you’re on a 14 hour plane ride from Seoul to NYC (yes, I’ve been there and done that). My biggest tip for how to eat healthy while traveling is to plan ahead! When I’m tired or bored I often want to eat something and I’m all about satisfying those cravings with healthy, delicious food. Having healthy, plant-based options on hand is a must for me. If you follow a special diet like I do, it’s also important to make sure you have enough food to fuel you through the long hours of travel.
Plant-Based Travel Snack Ideas:
Here is a list of Plant-Based Travel Snacks that are healthy and portable:
Dried Fruit: dates, persimmons, figs, raisins, dried Mulberries, etc.
Fresh Fruit: apples, oranges, bananas, etc.
Nut Butter Pouches
Washed and cut vegetables: carrots, bell peppers, celery, etc.
Air Popped Popcorn
Bags of cereal
I just took a 3 week trip from China to America and let me tell you…the journey was a beast! On our way to America we had two layovers, totaling 16 hours, and three flights, one of which was 14 hours. 14 HOURS! I knew it was going to be a long journey and so I prepared a bunch of delicious snacks for me to bring along. A lot of my favorite travel snacks are mentioned in the list above, but on this trip I brought some homemade energy bites, dried fruit including dates and persimmons, healthy Trail Mix Cookies, dairy-free chocolate, fresh fruit, oatmeal and lipton tea.
Use air-tight containers and bags:
If you’re traveling for a long period of time, make sure to keep all the food you prepared fresh by using sealable bags and tupperware. I love to put my energy bites and cookies in a large tupperware that fits in the bottom of my backpack. Oatmeal, chocolate, veggies, and dried fruit I often store in zip-lock bags.
Request A Special Meal, but Prepare for Problems:
If you didn’t already know, before you go on an international flight, you can go on-line and request a special diet for your on-flight meals. For example, when I fly, we ask for a vegetarian/strict meal, which means no meat, eggs or dairy. Brett may even start requesting these meals, even though he’s not vegan, because the meals are usually delicious and light, full of lots of veggies and fresh fruit for dessert.
However, while I try to request vegan meals for my flights, sometimes that option isn’t available, or sometimes things go wrong and they don’t have a vegan meal on board for me. This actually happened on our trip from America back to China. Because of this, I love to bring oatmeal with me incase I need a simple, quick and hearty meal. Hot water is available almost everywhere, so oatmeal is a great food to bring with you when traveling as you can use it as a snack or even a meal. To make it more filling you can add fresh fruit, dried fruit, nut butter, nuts, etc.
Don’t Forget Dessert!
Dessert is so important for me to bring when I travel. It’s never fun to be surrounded by people digging into their mouth watering desserts and have nothing to enjoy yourself. Dark chocolate is my favorite travel dessert, but I also love when I can prepare some vegan cookies to bring with me as well.
Drinking tons of water is crucial when traveling, we all know that. I love to bring an empty 1 liter water bottle with me through security and then fill it up before we get on the flight. The amount of water they give you during on-flight meals is puny and I hate having to ask every half an hour for more water. Having a large, full water bottle with me from the start is super helpful and keeps me from feeling parched and dried out.
I also love to bring my favorite tea along with me when I travel. The tea served on flights, in my opinion, is often steeped too long and tastes bitter, so I like to bring my own, ask for hot water, and steep it myself.
Bring dishes and cutlery!
Another important thing to consider when traveling is how will you eat all those healthy foods you brought with you. Most of my travel snacks can be eaten with my hands, but I usually bring a bowl or large mug with me, as well as a spoon, for making oatmeal or drinking tea. Plus, it’s always nice to have familiar dishes with me when I’m gone from home so long.
I hope these tips were helpful for you! I never travel anywhere without preparing a lot of snacks and I’ve found these tips to work best for me. Just remember that, while it’s great to eat healthy while traveling and it makes you feel good, it’s also good to relax and enjoy delicious food wherever you end up traveling to. Enjoy your trip and all the food you eat!