Road Tripping while vegan
Road trips can be really fun, but they can also be kind of frustrating if you are vegan. Most major cities have at least some vegetarian places or ethnic restaurants with vegan options, but the towns along some highways have very few options for us rabbit food eaters- and often it’s difficult to find a grocery store- convenience stores don’t have much in the way of fresh produce.
The best way to deal with this is to be prepared-the less you expect, the better off you will be! I try to travel with a TON of food so I don’t get bored by my options while on the road.
As coffee is a mainstay of all road travel, and finding non-dairy milk is most likely going to be tough, I always bring my own. I make my own almond milk at home most of the time, but it’s perishable and not easy to bring along, as even with a cooler (and fridge), it won’t last more than 2 days. That’s why I like the Edensoy juice boxes for travelling. Another option is powdered soymilk, which reduces waste vs the Edensoy juice boxes, but can be hard to blend without a whisk.
If I’m going to be staying in a hotel on the roadtrip, I try to book a room that will have a fridge so I can bring fresh food in a cooler and store it overnight in the room fridge. Since this is not always an option, I always bring a box of (vegan) cereal so I can make a quick ‘emergency’ meal with my soy milk.
My road trip cooler staples are: hummus or baba ganouj, fruit, vegan cream cheese, salsa, carrots and celery, and lots of ice packs.
In addition to cereal, I try to bring the following non-perishables:
crackers (I like Ryvita crackers)
pretzels or tortilla chips
I always pack a ton of water in reusable water bottles so I don’t have to buy it on the road.
If your dog is coming along on the trip, don’t forget plenty of food, lots of cookies, extra water, and extra bowls just in case.
Posted by K