Road Trip Snacks! | VeganMoFo 2019 Day Twenty-Three

Welcome to the first of a few pre-scheduled posts: Steven and I are on vacation! I was getting some serious itchy feet after some potential travel plans (Poland, le sigh) fell through earlier this summer, so we decided to stay closer to home and do a late-summer road trip instead! We’re heading further south… I’ll share more details later, but suffice it to say we’ve got a 7-8 hour road trip planned! And you know what a road trip means: SNACKS!

Steven and I are veteran road trippers. Since moving to Maryland, we now live about 8 hours from my parents and most of my extended family in Rhode Island. That means we drive home a few times each year. (We occasionally fly, depending on price and the time we have available — it’s an hourlong flight, which is unbeatable.) And we always stock up on snacks before the trip.

In my opinion, having a nice even ratio of sweet to savory snacks is key. You want to be able to switch back and forth as the mood strikes! It’s also important to balance junk food with healthier options — nobody wants an upset tummy during a long drive. I like to bring fruit; it’s easy to eat and unquestionably wholesome. And if you aren’t planning on stopping for a meal, you want to have something filling — even if it’s just a sandwich or a protein bar.

Last night when we dropped Moria off, we conveniently planned to meet Steven’s mom at Roots, a local vegan-friendly grocery store, so we could grab a few vital ingredients.

Apologies for the terrible lighting!

For this trip, here’s what we’ve got packed:

  • Cherry tomatoes and chopped peppers for healthy snacking.
  • Tofurky, Violife cheddar, tomato, and mayo/mustard sandwiches on homemade sourdough bread, which I made last night.
  • PigOut Pigless Bacon chips, original flavor — I keep seeing these and wanting to try them. No time like a road trip!
  • A big ol’ Tony Chocolonely pecan-coconut dark chocolate bar. So, this brand has “SLAVE-FREE!” plastered all over it, and I could’ve sworn I remembered reading a blog post where someone said it was on the FEP’s approved list. Umm… turns out, it’s not. In fact, they have a note that says: “We have had detailed exchanges with the company and will reevaluate once we read their new annual report, which comes out in November.” Doh!
  • Some Larabars and a Clif bar for backup.

We also made some cold-brew coffee last night, which we’ve decanted into our trusty KeepCups for the drive. Gotta stay caffeinated for the drive!

What’re your go-to road trip snacks?

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Vegan on the Go: Travel Snacks!

Orange rectangular banner that says "Vegan MoFo" and "Vegan Month of Food 2011."

One of my most popular posts is this one, where I got really excited about finding clearly-labeled vegan to-go items at a shop in O’Hare airport. Judging by my search terms and stats, lots of hungry vegans have Googled “vegan food O’Hare” and landed on that post, and I’m really happy to have helped them find something to eat during a long layover. It’s so irritating to be ravenously hungry in an airport and have to wander up and down the terminal in search of food, getting even hungrier and hungrier as you lug the carry-on suitcase you didn’t check because you’d be damned if you’d pay $25 so some burly dude could haul the tiny piece of luggage you can just as easily shove into an overhead compartment. Inevitably, when you finally give up and shell out $4.50 for a measly bag of crappy trail mix filled with GMO peanuts and way too many raisins, five minutes later you stumble on a stall that has vegan burritos or a really awesome salad or something actually filling. It’s so annoying.

Anyway, I’m hoping to avoid that pain as I travel today. As you read this, I am journeying from Madison to Minneapolis to Amsterdam and, finally, to Florence. Thanks to good ol’ layovers, I’ll be en route to Italy for nearly a day (give or take a time-change or two). Because I don’t want to deal with checked baggage on my international flight (and because I’ll only be gone for a week), I’m just taking a carry-on, which means I will be lugging it around the airport. To avoid the aforementioned annoying food-searching situation, I’ve taken matters into my own hands and prepared on-the-go, travel-friendly snacks for myself. Behold:

A backpack with food spilling out of it: Five Larabars, one Halo candy bar, one apple, a bag of coconut-covered date rolls, and a container of homemade trail mix. There's also a reusable cloth hand towel with a flower and the word "SUSTAIN" printed on it. All items are labeled in the photograph.

Vintage E.F. Tours backpack ftw.

The key to my travel snacks? Protein. Protein is what fills your tummy and keeps you satiated, so I made sure that my homemade trail mix (details in a post to come!) is filled with protein-laden nuts, as are the Larabars. I’ll eat the apple early on in my travels so it doesn’t get bumped and bruised, and I know it’ll make me feel nice and healthy. And I’ll use the cloth hand towel Lisa gifted me last year during a swap so I don’t have to waste lots of paper. It’ll totally offset the environmental unfriendliness of the airplane in which I’ll be flying, right? Yeah.

And the Halo candy bar? Well, there’s no lofty purpose to that one! It’s for pure pleasure, baby. I’ve never actually had a vegan candy bar (other than regular ol’ chocolate bars, of course)!

Close-up of the Halo candy bar in its packaging. It's the Rocky Road variety.

CANDYYYYY!

I’ll be sure to share my thoughts about the Halo bar, and I’ll let you know what vegan eats I encounter along the way. I’ll also report back on the vegan meals I’m served (or not served…) on KLM – I requested vegan meals from a very kind customer service agent who assured me all was set, but I’m not expecting anything grand. Who knows, though – maybe I’ll be surprised!

Anyway, that’s all for now. You should check out my “Vegan on the Go” tag for lots more travel tips! My favorite: carry your toothbrush with you. I always feel SO much cleaner and less grungy and travel-worn when my teeth are sparkly clean and minty fresh. And as I said in my first-ever travel post (be kind; it was early in my blogging days!):

[…a]nd if brushing your teeth in a public bathroom skeeves you out (which, to be honest, is pretty much the case with me), you can wait ’til someone cleans one of the restrooms and then dart in there, or you could bring some of those wet wipes and wash the handle, or you could use bottled water and not even touch the handle at all… don’t let germ phobia keep you from feeling minty fresh!

Word.

What are your favorite travel tips? What food do you bring when you travel? What’s your favorite vegan candy bar?!

Note: This is a scheduled post, because I’m currently traveling. Apologies for any weirdness with auto-publishing!

Vegan on the Go

After a day of traveling, I made it safe and [mostly] sound to Zanesville, Ohio. The work part of my work trip begins in earnest tomorrow, so tonight I’m taking it easy and trying to get rid of the headache and sore throat that’ve plagued me all day. For that reason, enter Super Cop-Out Post Numero Uno!

Question: What’s a vegan to do when she’s traveling to a small town, working 12-hour shifts at a hospital for three days straight, and said small town features mostly restaurants like Steak ‘n Shake and Bob Evans?

Answer: Snack it up! This was my suitcase this morning:

Case o' snacks.

That big ol’ bag features mostly Larabars, pretzels, sesame sticks, assorted teas, and… oatmeal. Or oats, rather, ready to be made into oatmeal at a moment’s notice. Except I don’t have a microwave in my hotel room, come to find out. Oh well – I’m sure I can be resourceful and figure something out. I’m counting on the hotel’s morning breakfast spread to include fruit that I can squirrel away for later, and my snacks along with whatever vegan fare I can rustle up at the hospital cafeteria should hold me over throughout the day. However, I’m not quite sure how I’ll survive at dinner time when I’m hungry after a long shift… I’ve a feeling that snacks won’t cut it then! I’ll report back and let you know how I fare. ;)

What are your on-the-go eating strategies when you know you won’t be in a vegan-friendly location?