Traveling vegan is hard, yo. While the world is most certainly making a decided lean towards plants, I have experienced dangerously long swaths of time trapped in airports or corporate office parks where I cannot eat a single thing. So now I never leave home unprepared. If you work with me, you know that you will basically see me in the same outfit every day of a business trip, because I have filled my suitcase with food.
Here are some of the things I bring:
Takeout salads: I generally go to Whole Foods the day before any trip and get a variety of fairly sturdy vegan salads. Things made from kale, spinach and tempeh will generally survive a journey well, and will get you through 1-2 days of meals, provided there’s a hotel mini fridge somewhere in there (did you know most hotels will bring you one if the room doesn’t come with one? Yep, they will).
Nuts and Legumes: I generally bring a bag of edamame or toasted chickpeas for quick, snackable protein. These really don’t make it more than 24 hours unless they don’t spend too long out of the fridge. For days 2 and on I switch over to nuts, and try to mix it up on flavors. Whole Foods Tamari Almonds and BBQ Cashews are my favorites.
Granola Bars: The day before a trip, I make up a batch of granola bars, Angela Liddon’s Glo-Bars are my favorite. They are easy to make, sturdy and last quite happily for many days. I generally order a bowl of fruit and coffee at hotels and then eat these, so much better than mediocre oatmeal which is typically the only vegan breakfast option.
Powdered Soy Milk: I’m a confirmed coffee addict. I need coffee the minute I wake up, which is often before any normal hotel will deliver it to me. My client’s offices also often don’t have non-dairy milks, so I fill small Ziplocs with powdered soy milk (not suspicious at all to the TSA! labeling them is a good idea).
Dried Fruits and Treats: I could not bring dessert and pretend it will help me not eat dessert on the road, but I’d be lying to myself. Dried apples and cranberries get me through the days, and I bring little treats like dark chocolates and fig newtons (Fig Newmans wheat-free/dairy-free ones are the best, trust me I’ve taste tested all the options).