When we’re home, we try to eat whole food, plant-based as much as possible: no animal products and very little processed food (which means avoiding white flours, added sugar, and oil). When we’re traveling, we have to be a little more flexible. We aren’t flexible about animal products, and we’ll go for the healthier options when they’re available (whole grains, fruits, and vegetables), but if our only options have some added oil and sugar, we’re not going to stress about it. For us, we’d rather let go of the added stress of food complications, both for us and for the restaurants, particularly since it’s very occasional.

A couple of weeks ago, we were at a hotel (which was not close to a town or restaurant options) and the restaurant had no vegan options for breakfast or dinner. But we told the servers in each case we were vegan (for us, using “vegan” makes communicating “no animal products” easier) and they were able to put together great options for us. For breakfast, we had potatoes (cooked in oil), whole grain toast (no butter), oatmeal (skip the brown sugar and milk, but with added fruit).

For dinner, they created a green salad for us with tons of vegetables (the restaurant had two salads on the menu, but neither was vegan) and we had that with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. They also made up a great pasta with vegetables (a pasta in a cream sauce was on the menu, so we asked if they could toss it with olive oil instead; you could also ask for pasta with white wine.) The server told us the pasta chef was excited to be able to use her creativity to come up with something for us.

During another hotel stay, we created a room service breakfast tacos by asking for corn tortillas, breakfast potatoes, salsa, sliced avocado, sauteed vegetables, and black beans. (We read through the menu to see what they had in the kitchen.)

When we take road trips, we try to pack some back up food. Below are a bunch of ideas for snacks and meals and for items you can pick up at a grocery store along the way. Sometimes, you might end up eating from a chain or fast food restaurant too. The end of this post has links to vegan options for just about every place you might come across in your travels.

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Equipment ideas:

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Items that don’t need a cooler:

See also:

14 Healthy Vegan Snacks for Road Trips

Vegan on the Road: How I’ve Eaten Healthier than Ever While Driving Across the Country

Your Guide to Vegan Road Tripping

21 Healthy Road Trip Snacks to Pack This Year

7 Portable Travel Snack Ideas + Vida Vegan Con Fun

Road Trip Essentials for Your Vegan Roadtrip Adventures

Road Trip Tips & Vegan Food to Keep You Moving

Vegan Foods To Pack For A Vacation

Road Trip Food: Eating Healthy in the Car without Pulling Over

How to Eat Healthy When Traveling

Your Healthy Guide to Road Trip Snacks and Meals

Favorite Healthy Road Trip Snacks

The Best Vegan Snacks for Road Trips

Vegan ROAD TRIP! (Whole Food, Plant-based & Oil-free)

Vegan Backpacking Food

How to Pack for a Roadtrip (Vegan Style)

How the Mind Body Green Founders Travel With Their Baby

Vegan Road Trip

Vegan Shopping at 7-11

Fast food with vegan options:

Your Best Vegan Option at 35 Popular Restaurants

Try These Vegan Fast Food and Chain Restaurant Options on the Go

20 Meatless and All-Vegan Options You Can Find at Popular Fast Food Chains

145 Vegan Chain Restaurant Menus Every Vegan Needs to Know

Ultimate Guide to Vegan Fast Food Options


Fast Food Menu Hacks for Vegans

Vegan Airport Guide

What to Order at Fast Food Restaurants if You’re Vegan

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