It was late February and I was at Heathrow’s airport. I forgot to bring snacks with me, so food had to be bough at the airport. I wished I had some healthy snacks or a smoothie nearby to keep me company. And I really could have.
I never thought of it before but, ever since becoming vegan, preparation and planning has been key. Especially when travelling. There’s nothing wrong with buying food on the go. In fact, many cafes have been selling some vegan products, which is amazing. But sometimes all you need is something home cooked.
After doing some research, here are my tips for making travelling easier.
Take some snacks with you
It is important to have a good breakfast on the day you’re flying. You will also need to snack while on the plane, even if it is only a 2 hour flight. Why not bring a power ball or a protein bar with you? If you want you can also bake some chickpeas. Bake them with salt, pepper and paprika the day before and take them with you on a container. Whatever you fancy, as long as it’s permitted at the airport you’re flying from.
A good snack will keep you energised and happy throughout the trip.
Take your empty reusable water bottle
Now, this only works on certain countries. I’ve never seen a public water fountain in a London airport, but I’m sure there must be some in certain airports around the world. Do a quick Google search and, if you find it’s available from the one you’re flying from, just bring your empty reusable water bottle and fill it up at the airport. You won’t feel the guilt of buying plastic water bottles and you’ll be able to keep hydrated during the flight!
Apps are your best friend
This is my most precious tip of all. Not all big cities are like London or New York where vegan food is abundant and available in many places. You shouldn’t go without doing any research. Trust me, trying desperately to find a place that serves vegan food isn’t fun. If you do that for 3 hours while you’re aching for something to eat in a foreign country, isn’t great either. If you know what I’m talking about then this app might be your best friend too!
HappyCow is the best way to find vegan/ vegan-friendlyplaces to eat around the world. It works as a Google Maps for restaurants near you. Before you travel, just have a look at how many restaurants there are near the areas you’re visiting. You’ll be surprised!
Drink a large, hydrating smoothie before flying
Before you leave for the airport, make sure you drink and eat something hydrating. You can even drink just a large smoothie if that’s what you fancy in the morning. Planes leave our skin and body very dehydrated so you can beat that with a delicious, hydrating smoothie. Make sure to add lots of greens and a lot of the plant-based milk of your choice.
Do your research
Does the hotel/ hostel you’re staying at have vegan meals? Is there a place nearby where you can have breakfast? What about in the museums and areas you want to visit? We spend so much time researching for things to see and do that sometimes forget about food. If you’re traveling for leisure, you’ll be busy sightseeing and will need some snacks and places to eat. By doing your research in advance, your visit will go smoothly and without any (or at least less) drama!
That’s right. After all the preparation, research and packing for your trip, all you need to do is to enjoy it! Have a wonderful trip and make happy memories in a beautiful city of your choice. Please let me know if these tips were helpful and also where you visited.