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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Beans – no salt added – Tetra Pak from Whole Foods
Rice – ready to eat – shelf stable – no added salt or oil – microwaveable or eat right from the container.
Plant Pure Vegan Meal Starter Kits – these do contain sodium but they work for us for travel.
Well Bean Bars – 1/2 serving legumes in each bar, use our code Nutmeg10 to save 10% off your order.
Garlic Chickpea Croutons to add to salads or eat as a snack. Great for air travel too!
Dehydrated Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies are perfect for traveling.
Pomi Tomatoes – Tetra Paks from Whole Foods & Sprouts
Dried Fruit – Freeze Dried Fruit – Trader Joe’s – grocery stores – TJ Maxx
Mary’s Gone Crackers – to use with our homemade Oil Free Hummus that we freeze and put in the cooler.
Oats-chia, flax – premeasured and in baggies for Tom’s daily breakfast – blueberries & plant milk in the cooler.
Joi Oat Milk Powder – easy to blend.
Soy Milk – shelf stable containers. Once opened it goes in the cooler.
Local Spicery for SOS free seasoning blends and Bada Bing Bouillon Oooh-Mommy Umami
Well Your World SOS free Seasoning Blends in the zipper pocket at the back of the suitcase. They add tons of flavor to simple dishes – a must have for travel.
Popping Corn that we can make in the hotel microwave in our ZipTop Containers. use code NUTMEG to save 15% off your ZipTop order.
We also pack Stasher Bags, ziplock baggies, our Holland Bowl Mill 15 inch chopping bowl and mezzaluna knife to make chopped salads.
Dish soap, dish towels, dish cloths, spatula, chef knife, paring knife, cutting board, eating utensils, collapsible bowls, water bottles, kitchen scissors, paper plates, paper bowls napkins and paper towels.
We learned so much about plant based travel and how to pack light from our dear friend Laura Armitage. She taught us how she packs light and keeps it simple. We are sure you will enjoy her tips as much as we did.
We pack 2 – of the 2 quart Corelle bowls. Great for mixing in, microwaving, washing dishes and eating out of. Use a travel bottle to put some dishwashing liquid in. Scissors come in so handy in the hotel room and in the glove box of the vehicle!
We batch prep salads 4 at a time when on a road trip. Put them in gallon size baggies for the cooler. Use our regular 9 cup Ziplock containers for the ones we eat that day. Works great!
Before leaving the hotel for the day we chop salads in our Holland Bowl Mill 15 inch bowl with a mezzaluna knife. Then put them in the rectangular containers to eat from later in the day. Top them with beans, frozen corn from the cooler, fresh fruit, baked sweet potatoes, season with…
Well Your World SOS free seasonings make everything taste better even a chopped salad!
California Balsamic flavored vinegars add a lovely touch of flavor and replace salad dressing. They can also dress up a bowl of steamed rice and vegetables from a Chinese restaurant. These 3 ounce containers are TSA compliant.
Just add to water and blend with a little whisk or Aerolatte. Great for your oatmeal or hot beverage to add a little creaminess.
We travel with the 6 qt Instant Pot. You can cook so many things right in your hotel room. From an entrée, potatoes, corn on the cob, sauté veggies, hot oatmeal – whatever you desire. The SS liner also doubles as dish pan – fill with hot water, dish soap and clean away.
Follow the link below for an in depth review on our Amazon Live product page of many of the items we recently used on our 2 week road trip. Many items will also apply to air travel.
Our cooler was full of fresh and frozen food. Double bag ice in freezer bags so as it melts the cold food stays dry. Replenish ice as needed and everything stays nice and cold. Replenish fresh and frozen foods as needed while you travel.
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Tami Kramer’s Beautiful Chopped Salad Course includes a complete full color 40+ page recipe PDF eBook and 12 instructional videos. In the course Tami will teach you how to batch prep salads, what to shop for, and tips to ensure that your stored salads will last for a week. She will share different methods for chopping salads, and all the details about how she tops these beauties. Included are 25 different ways to top a chopped salad, 5 oil free salad dressings, gluten free croutons and crunchy toppings, hummus, salsa’s and more! Please enjoy the course videos at your own pace. There are approximately 2 1/2 hours of instruction spread over the 12 individual topic videos. When completed you will be well on your way to enjoying these beautiful, chopped salads as often as you wish, perhaps even daily as Tami does.
We are also Holland Bowl Mill Affiliates. The 15 inch Holland Bowl Mill Cherry fruit bowl has a permanent home on our kitchen island. It’s beautiful and useful. The heart shaped bowl makes me happy – I love everything heart shaped! We use our 15 inch Beechwood & cherry bowl (his and her’s) to chop our salads everyday. Eating a salad for one meal every day helped me lose weight and become a size 4. I still eat a salad for one meal a day but now it’s a Big Beautiful Chopped salad and it helps me stay a size 4! See the Chopped Salad Blog Post to find out how you can incorporate a chopped salad into your daily food plan and how you can get a free mezzaluna knife with your Holland Bowl salad bowl order when you use our Holland Bowl affiliate link as well as free engraving and free shipping