As I mentioned yesterday, I spent last week in beautiful St. Thomas. Never having been to the Caribbean before, I made sure to pack lots of supplies. So much, in fact, that our check bag was 11 pounds over the limit. It would also have been the books and board games, so I won't completely blame it on the food. If you are flying, though, be cautious of what you bring.
My philosophy was to bring dried goods and plenty of protein to make meals in the room. I also wanted to bring enough protein powder to have a solid breakfast every morning. Lastly, I threw in nuts and vegan protein bars into my back pack so I would have fuel with me wherever I went. With this little bit of prep, I was completely prepared for whatever I found on island.
Isn't the travel bag adorable?? My friend, Erin, got me two of those. I carried one in my check bag and one in my carry on. The amount of food I brought was more than enough for me, and it helped feed all 5 of us for the week. We used everything but just a few items, and I was so happy that I had everything in the room at the ready. This could also help keep you from spending too much money at restaurants when traveling. I think that trying local vegan cuisine is good while out, but it's great to have a backup.
Vegan Packing List for Traveling with a Kitchen
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 cup black lentils
- 1 cup green lentils
- 1 sea salt shaker
- 1 black pepper shaker
- 7 packs of plant fusion protein powder
- 1 shaker bottle
- 4 packs rice ramen
- 3 travel packs of almond butter
- 1 cup raw almonds, broken into smaller bags
- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds, broken into smaller bags
- 7 black tea bags
- 7 green tea bags
- 2 vega meal replacement bars
- 4 vegan luna bars
- 1 small bottle olive oil
Once you get to your destination, all you have to do is find some great local produce and maybe some tofu. I was so happy to have beautiful grains and seeds to make meals with. I almost always carry pumpkin seeds when traveling, because it can turn a very ordinary salad into a meal.
Of course, we did venture out of the resort, and I found some beautiful places and ate some really tasty food. Check it out, tomorrow.