Raw Travel

February 21, 2008 at 10:35 pm 7 comments

It’s been a little over 3 weeks on raw food for me…and I’m feeling splendid. We just flew back to South Carolina and I wanted to share a few tips regarding traveling while trying to maintain a raw focus. These tips could apply to a cross-country trek or just sometime when you might be away from your kitchen for awhile.

  • Be prepared! I can’t stress this enough. If you aren’t prepared…you’ll fall victim to the “easy” foods you find along the way, and they are almost always bad foods.
  • Try to avoid loading yourself up on nuts. It’s easy to do…nuts are so fun to crunch away on while you’re flying or driving, but they are heavy and hard to digest. Also try to avoid eating nuts and fruits in the same sitting. Go easy. With that said, I do think that traveling is a fun time to eat some of your splurge foods (like raw fudge balls).
  • Bring fresh fruit. It comes in it’s very own wrapper! The wrapper is even edible sometimes! πŸ™‚ What an amazing gift from God. I could easily stay happy on bananas, apples, and dates.
  • Know your triggers. If you know that you love to snack while you drive…be prepared for that and bring your favorite raw treats that satisfy your need to crunch (flax crackers, carrots, etc).
  • If you are driving, don’t forget a cooler! It broadens your options so much. You can make green smoothies ahead of time for your entire trip as long as they are kept cold (they are said to “keep” for 3 days!).
  • Don’t be afraid to bring your blender or food processor with you if you are staying with family and friends (they they will think you are weird, but don’t they already?!). It’s a great teaching opportunity…teach them how to make a green smoothie and they will be healthy for life! πŸ™‚
  • The great thing about eating raw…is that there are grocery stores everywhere. SO…if you run out of food, just go get more. It may not be organic, but it will be raw.

Our stash during this trip included:

  • 6 bananas
  • 6 apples
  • A bag of dates (medjool and barhi). Dates will make you happy when you’re stressing out because your flight is late.
  • Raw trail mix that I made up (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, raisins, dried fruit mix)
  • Two Raw food bars (this one is my favorite)
  • Goji berries (my new favorite snack)
  • Dried black mission figs
  • Raw fudge balls (I whipped up a batch of these before I left and chilled them overnight). They were a great high protein/high fat food for Bella…and a treat for me.

This got us through a day of flying…with no stops for meals due to quick layovers. Yum yum! It’s fun to travel, but it’s great to be back in my own kitchen πŸ™‚


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. vegan blog tracker  |  February 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    These are some good tips – travel can be hard enough for the average veg*n (though it keeps getting easier, year after year, with all the options becoming available) but traveling raw… it’s time has not yet come. Definitely, plan ahead!

  • 2. livelightly  |  February 22, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    I would agree that air travel is harder, but the great thing about eating a low fat raw vegan diet is that you can usually always find bananas! πŸ™‚ And a salad at night is not too hard to come by. Thanks for stopping by!

  • 3. Jessica  |  February 23, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    I’m really enjoying a new foray in to raw food. I’m starting with breakfast and lunch at this point. I think you’ve mentioned food combining before–do you know much about this. Can you post more on this, maybe some resources to learn more.

  • 4. kristin c.  |  February 25, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    You’ve got me motivated! My husband and I are going raw for 30 days….we’re going to give it a go!
    I even made up a cheer..RAW! RAW! SIS-BOOM-BAW! Hahahaha! But serioudly..we’re going to do it starting MArch 1st..and I’ll write about it on my blog!

  • 5. Heather  |  February 27, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    I travelled last summer to Texas by vehicle and was raw 90% of th time. I dragged my blender along and kept my containers filled with raw fruits and vegetables in the cooler. I also pre-scouted out places I could get smoothies and juice. Otherwise, I would order a double size of salad (try to pick out a good buffet place) and I did bring my own dressing. You can do it…just takes a little planning.


  • 6. livelightly  |  February 27, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    kristin c…awesome! I love your cheer. Stay tuned for more exciting raw info πŸ™‚

    Heather…thanks for sharing about your raw travel. It really isn’t too hard with planning. And it’s so worth it.

  • 7. eviolinist  |  July 4, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I’ve been a touring musician and vegan for years. Lately I’ve been leaning more and more towards a raw lifestyle and am about to leave for a 6 week European trip. I plan on packing a bag of chia seeds for soaked chia “pudding”, a few homemade larabar type things, and Trader Joes single serving raw almonds. These are the best suitcase food! They’re already divided into portions so you don’t need to worry about spilling a big bag and they’re always fresh.

    A carrot peeler and small knife come in very handy. When I have time to shop I’ll stock up on fruits and veggies, and unsweetened almond milk. I know the commercial stuff isn’t raw, but I’m not dedicated enough to pack a blender in my suitcase!

    I may also throw in some hummus mix…if I can’t eat raw at least I can eat vegan.

    Happy travels, and thanks for sharing your tips.


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