Snacks are lifesavers for vegan travelers.
There's nothing more freeing than ditching your comfort zone for adventure. But as a vegan traveler, you want to maintain a level of preparation, especially in rural areas or in long-haul transit.
And who doesn't love a good snack on the road?
We've compiled a list of our favorite vegan snacks for traveling.
Let's start with the fundamentals. Nothing beats fresh fruit when it comes to the healthy and tasty travel snack.
The country you're traveling will ultimately determine what fresh fruits are available to you, but here are some of our favorites.
Best fruits for travel:
If possible, you can always blend up a smoothie before a hike for an on-the-go drink, too.
We're not talking about the overpriced kind of powerballs you find at fancy vegan restaurants.
If you have access to peanut butter, oats, agave/maple syrup, and a fridge, you can easily whip up some simple protein balls.
You can also add dark chocolate chips, chia/flax seeds and walnuts/almonds if you want to spice them up a little more.
There are also no-bake pre-mix packets to easily make your own protein balls or bars.
Hummus & crackers
This is a classic.
If you can carry it, packing hummus, crackers and/or veggie sticks is a vegan snack game-changer.
Our favorite types of hummus:
- Roasted red pepper hummus
- Carrot hummus
- Black bean hummus
- Roasted garlic hummus
You can't go wrong with good ole trail mix!
Trail mix is available in most countries we've visited and it's the perfect nutritious - and delicious - vegan snack.
If you want fruit to last, you're better off opting for dehydrated fruits.
Some tasty dry fruit is:
- Kiwi fruit
While mushroom jerky might not sound great at first, once you give it a try you might change your mind.
This vegan snack isn't widely available, but you can find portabella jerky on Amazon.
This is an ideal snack for vegans traveling in Asia as crispy seaweed is everywhere.
Just stop by any local convenience store (7Eleven if you're in Thailand) and grab the usually odd packaging of crispy seaweed.
It's simple, easy to carry, and tastes pretty good too - although it's not for everyone.
I hadn't thought about chickpeas as a snack option until I visited Sri Lanka where street stalls sell little paper cups of spicy roasted chickpeas.
Since then I've been hooked.
If you're not traveling a country where chickpea stalls are an option, you'll need a little bit of prep time, but it's totally worth it.
Chips might just be the most easily accessible vegan snack worldwide.
You won't be anywhere you can't grab a packet of plain chips on the go.
Chips for the road:
- Plain chips
- Veggie chips
- Corn chips
Nuts & seeds
No matter where you are, you'll likely be able to get your hands on nuts and seeds.
Our favorites include:
- Cashew nuts
- Sunflower seeds
- Pistachio nuts
- Pumpkin seeds
Traveling is like living a movie, so why not enjoy it with some popcorn?
Of course, not all popcorn is vegan, but plain salted popcorn is popular throughout the world and shouldn't be hard to find.
Perfect for a fast energy boost when you're traveling.
Granola bars are pretty accessible worldwide, and more often than not there will be natural vegan options.
Salsa & Tortilla Chips
Not ideal for adventurous travel, but if you have somewhere to stop for a small picnic style lunch, what better than some spicy salsa and tortilla chips?
I'm actually not much of a fan of Oreos. However, they seem to be absolutely everywhere we visit.
For their sheer accessibility, they make a decent snack to grab on the go.
If you have the ability to cook, mix up a batch of vegan cookies for your trip.
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