Traveling as a vegan
Traveling as a vegan can be difficult sometimes. I have never had such a hard time finding food to eat on the go, before I became Vegan. Germany is very far behind in veganism. We just got the Impossible burger here just a couple of months ago (at least at our current grocery store).
Planning a trip while being vegan requires a little more work than a normal trip. You have to make sure you stay full and always have something to eat at your destination. Most restaurants actually have vegan food but they just don’t display it as vegan food. So, checking restaurant menus online is always a great idea.
As vegans eat a lot of plants, we sometimes tend to get more hungry quicker (or maybe that’s just because Stefan loves to eat LOL). I know that when we are going on a road trip somewhere, I need to bring A LOT of snacks so we’re good for the ride to and from our destination.
Travel tip: Check out the app “Happy Cow” to see Vegan restaurants in any city you’re in.
Bringing snacks is going to be the best way to make sure you can always have a quick something to eat while you are traveling. In Germany, you can’t find anything Vegan along the autobahn unless you want McDonald’s french fries (yes they are vegan!). I always try to pack a big snack bag when I am driving somewhere for a day trip or for 1 week in a hotel.
I also like to try to bring enough snacks for during our stay and on the way home from our trip. We usually do end up stopping by another grocery store while we are traveling around so we can have fresh fruits and other yummy snacks with us.
Make sure they are:
Calorie dense, have healthy and clean ingredients, give you extra hydration, don’t need to be refrigerated, and it doesn’t have a strong smell.
Fresh fruits & veggies, nuts & seeds, Protein/granola bars, Trail Mix, Popcorn, Quinoa, and sandwiches (PB&J, vegan Nutella, and banana, veggie sandwiches, etc).
This is a tricky situation. Traveling as a vegan is means you have to do quite a bit of extra work but it’s worth it. A lot of places in airports don’t actually have many vegan options but it’s getting better and you can occasionally find something. Just make sure to check the ingredients list very carefully (especially if you’re in a different country). You never know what they might add in the food.
(Check here for my post on How to Survive a Long Haul Flight)
Before your flight, call your airline and request a special meal. Some airlines won’t have vegan options (only vegetarian) or what they do have it just plain veggies that won’t end up satisfying you on a 13-hour flight. That’s why bringing your own snacks is a great idea.
Other tips & tricks
Drink a lot of water (hydration is very important when traveling, vegan or not)
Make sure to always bring a reusable water bottle with you while you are traveling. Having water while traveling can help curb hunger cravings (if you can’t find anything right away) and keep you hydrated.
Research Vegan restaurants at your destination
I do this for every trip I take since becoming Vegan. I always bookmark it on Google Maps so I can go back and look at it later. It’s also a good idea to do this so you can go and check the menu out online.
Make sure to ask waiters at the restaurant if they can take out any meat and dairy to make a meal vegan. Most of the time they can do it.
Book a hotel room with a mini-fridge and kitchen
We also manage to get lucky and get a mini-fridge at almost every hotel. A fridge comes in handy when you’re at your destination. I always like to keep some salads, vegetables and fruit in the fridge – and because I just like cold fruit.
Having the mini-fridge is also a good thing because you can get some small snacks from the grocery store (at your destination) and buy some vegan cheese and veggies, to make sandwiches.
If you’re staying with family/friends, offer to cook vegan food
I’m visiting my family this year in Colorado and they eat meat. I am definitely going to offer to cook a lot of meals so I can make it vegan. Making my own food is important to me because I like to know what all the ingredients I’m cooking with. I’m still a picky eater so that’s also why I prefer to cook for myself.
Meal Prep food beforehand
This is a good idea to make sure you have good food with you on the road. I usually like to bring salads or brown rice and chickpeas. It makes it a little bit easier to travel and not worry about if you’re going to find something to eat.
Clue me in!
What are some travel snacks you like to bring with you while you’re traveling? Share them down below 🙂