Just like you, we are committed to our way of living and that means, even when we travel, we eat healthy whole food plant based/vegan food. We don’t strive for perfection while traveling but we do strive to eat healthy meals so we can feel good and have the energy to do all the fun activities that are available. It does take a little extra planning and being able to adapt to whatever situation you find yourself in. In the end we think it is so worth the effort. We never regret having had healthy meals to eat while on vacation and if you are reading this, we are pretty sure you feel the same way.
This all works for air travel or road trips. If we are flying we take less food with us. Once we get to our destination we seek out the nearest grocery store to purchase fresh produce. Take a collapsible soft sided lunch cooler and fill a freezer gallon size bag with ice to keep it all cold. Take a 3 QT Instant pot with you or just rely on a microwave and your shelf stable pantry items. We always travel with frozen Quinoa Banana Oat Muffins, baked sweet potatoes frozen oil free hummus and shelf stable grains.
It does take some planning and prepping before you start your trip but it’s so worth the effort. It actually saves you time once you start your vacation. You see, it takes all the worry and hassle out of trying to find a restaurant that might have some ingredients that you can put together to create a meal. It gives you total control over what you are eating. It saves a lot of money! How many times have you paid to combine several over priced side dishes in order to create a vegan meal in a restaurant only to leave still hungry because the portions were so small? We still make our chopped salads to enjoy while traveling. Then we find a city park and lay out our picnic blanket to enjoy a delicious meal. We were gone for almost 2 weeks and we only ate restaurant food three times. I was down 1.2 pounds upon our return. No unwanted weight gain after vacation – I love that!
This is our Suitcase Pantry! I used to pack my cloth grocery bags with our favorite travel pantry items. This time I got smart and decided to use a rolling suitcase! It worked really well and was so easy to transport into our hotel room. I took way more food then we needed so next time we can get by with a smaller rolling suitcase. We always had grocery stores or Food Co-ops available to replenish our food supply.
Watch our video where I show you our suitcase pantry and make a meal in our hotel room.
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