View Full Version : Strategies for Traveling Raw, please...
01-06-2008, 09:31 PM
I am flying to my sisters end of Feb/beg of Mar.
I had the fantasy of placing an order with Glaser Organic Farms and the hubby just thinks I am a big weirdo for doing so. (hmmm--it's the fast food of raw and would take up less space in her fridge :D ).
In any case--I think I can figure that part out without the Farm.
But what I am having trouble with....
me on a plane :)
And what do I do about my juice? I am soo tempted to figure out how to pack my omega to make my green juice. :( It just gives me so much energy. But alas...
no liquids on the plane, so I can't take any with me for the flight....
foods that need refrigeration would be difficult. I don't think I can take an ice pack.
And I am not a big fan of nuts. Larabars are okay, but don't fill me up.
So what would you pack for the travel part to take on the plane?
What would you get for the actual visit. Temptations will be in abundance as 1) they are not raw and 2) we are going for my nieces birthday party.
Strategies, tips, successes?
01-07-2008, 01:59 PM
We traveled extensively when I first went raw in 2005. While I never went on a plane we "lived" in our van for days on end while crossing the country. If I were going on a plane trip this is what I would pack:
veggies and dip
You can drink water on the plane. Buy some containers to pack your goodies in. Also make up any goodies that you want to eat while you are there but wouldn't be able to make once you get there before hand and bring those along too. The key is to be prepared. I would definately try to find a way to bring the juicer. When we were gone for a whole month I trudged my juicer along with me. I couldn't imagine being gone so long without it. Find out what kitchen equipment will be available to you and then go shopping once you arrive. You can do it! We stayed with a couple for two weeks and I just ate my fruit and veggies. The lady we stayed with told me that I was going to gain weight eating avocadoes every day! HA! This was AFTER I had lost 45 pounds eating avocadoes every day! hehe.
Good luck. You can do it! I know you can!
01-07-2008, 02:00 PM
I have a few (dozen):D tips for you at this link:
http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/showthread.php?p=373555#post373555 post #93
Let me know what you think or if you need a few more ideas!:rolleyes:
I had not noticed you were going to a B-Day party. Make up a batch of Ani Phyo's donut holes. I swear they are just like little cake balls. Just make up the "mix" put it in a zip lock and make into balls for the party. With the recipe below there is no need to add the chocolate topping!
http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/showthread.php?t=9872&page=3 post #43
01-07-2008, 02:05 PM
The onion bread recipe on here travels really well if dehydrated to more of a cracker consistency. I would see if there's a health food store anywhere near your sister, and plan to stock up there during your visit. I carry a bag of cashews with me whenever I travel, and also a lot of avocados. Neither of those are liquids, and they will hold me, hunger wise. I would say just make a list of your favorite raw foods, and figure out a way to bring them or get them during your trip. The last thing you want is to be starving and looking at a plate of bare lettuce while everyone else is eating SAD party food.
Also, you can bring liquids in your checked luggage, if you wanted to whip up some salad dressing to bring along. Let us know how it goes!
01-07-2008, 03:07 PM
I agree with the above posts.
I travel for a living (check out my blog - link is below)
I bring fruit with me mostly. Remember that on a plane, your digestive system explands so you don't want to bog it down with anything heavy. Eat as lightly as possible, and as minimum as possible. Where are you flying to if you don't mind me asking?
As for when you get there, make sure you find out right away where the farmer's market is. If your sister is understandable about it, she will make sure you have enough food there.
01-07-2008, 04:04 PM
hi! i travel alot and i've found the most filling and long lasting and easy to carry food for the plane are avocados and apples.
this gives lots of fat and fiber...very filling.
bring some salt in your purse for the avocado, the stewartess will give you a plastic knife and spoon. the apple will be a nice sweet taste change. and drink tons of water.
you can bring water on the plane if you buy it in an airport shop that is in the area beyond the security check point.
01-07-2008, 05:03 PM
I flew home from school back in November for Thanksgiving, so I had the same issues since all my food equipment is at school. I brought a ton of fruit with me on the plane along with fudge that I had made ahead of time, and I also packed even more extra pre-made food in my suitcase (I think the airport people thought my avocado was a grenade because there was a notice in my suitcase when i got home that they had gone through it :p )
Once I was home, I just bought a blender and food processor to have there since they weren't that expensive, and I just made what I could with the organics they had at the supermarket there. It actually worked out a lot better than I thought it would.
Hope it works out for you!
01-07-2008, 06:37 PM
I haven't flown since all the restrictions. I know you can get water on the plane. Just not as much as I'd like. :D I would take pumpkin seed bars from Goraw. One bar works as a nice meal for me. If I couldn't get those for some reason, I would take nuts/seeds/dried fruit of some kind. I would then look up sources on the other end for food to buy.
01-07-2008, 06:44 PM
You can get water on the plane but I would not recommend it. The water is tap water which is not good itself. What makes it worse is the pipes in the plane. They are so small and never cleaned and full of dirt/bacteria.
You can buy bottled water past security. It's pretty expensive usually but much better than regular airplane water.
01-07-2008, 08:16 PM
(I think the airport people thought my avocado was a grenade because there was a notice in my suitcase when i got home that they had gone through it :p )
Ha, I think is hysterical. Made me laugh out loud. They do sort of look like grenades. Ha!
Lots of great tips on this thread. I'll be on a plane in March and was starting to think about this very subject.
Thank you very much!
01-07-2008, 08:29 PM
I've made many plane trips during this, my first year of RAW. I used to fret about it alot, and now I don't so much. Realistically, once you arrive where you're going, you can go to a store for produce, fruit, even raw nuts. So I try to pack with me on the plane the stuff I know no one's going to have available. The pate`s travel surprisingly well, as do the dehydrated crackers to spread some on. A raw trail mix does very well, and is quite filling. Airports sell nice bananas and apples and oranges, (if pricey) so I eat some there before I get on the plane and pack an extra or two for the trip. I wonder, too, if your sister has a good blender, if you couldn't survive on green smoothies for a few days rather than packing your big juicer. If she doesn't have a blender, you could buy her one for a hostess gift, so it will be there next time. If she has a food processor, make Alissa's fudge balls with the kids that are around. They're always a big hit, and now my dgc look forward to my coming because that's what we do ---make fun stuff! (One jar of almond butter and some carob powder aren't that hard to pack along, and will save you a trip to the hfs.) If you don't want to spring for a blender for your sister, those little Bullet jobs look pretty fun for mixing small smoothies, tho' I've never tried one.
If you have some food packed with you for the flight,--bars, trail mix, fruit, etc., you'll be fine, and soooo much better off than you would be if you ate their little bag of pretzels and/or nuts!
BTW, I used to fret about if I could get all those pate`s and crackers and nuts 'n' things through security. I've never once been questions. Just don't try liquids. I just stow everything in a canvas bag under the seat. No problem.
01-07-2008, 09:58 PM
Call your carrier. You can specify your meal, sometimes. Most will give you a salad and a fruit bowl.
01-08-2008, 07:46 AM
Nah--I'm flying on delta--they don't do dietary requests on "short" (less than 10 hours apparently:p j/k) flights.
I do not own a dehydrator--that is why I wanted glaser farms.
Glaser farms does sell some cakes and pies that I may just arrange to order---MAYBE. MAYBE not though--if it has to be overnighted, forgeddaboutit!
I can't stand pretzels (avoided them pre-raw pretty much b/c they are just a useless carb that does nothing to satisfy hunger) and peanuts and trail mixes on a flight...BLEK!
I can get some glaser farms stuff at a local store--though it costs and arm and a leg.
And i guess my weekend will be living on salads.
I can get some dried fruits (no sugar or preservatives) at Wild Oats that will travel well. :)
And it seems my green smoothie experiment is going well. (my kids both drank theirs today). That should tide me over for an extended weekend...provided my sister has a blender, which I think she does.
I am good for not submitting to temptation--I fall when I just take one bite...and then one more...and then one more.
I think I can live without cake! (I'm an all or none gal--so as long as I resist...I'm good).
I do know that delta does bottled water on the plane--not tap. (at least they have in the past...I watched them open the bottle :D ).
01-10-2008, 09:53 AM
thanks for asking this question! has been really helpful.
next month, i have to go to a conference at a hotel...
i am trying not to fret, but know that realistcally, it will be hard to get out of the hotel to go to a store (no transportation or time). and refrigeration might be an issue.
last time i traveled raw, i ate 100% the whole time, but had bathroom issues, because i ate alot of nuts, fruit and dried fruit. i had a couple very pathetic salads at restaurants (do people in Grand rapids MI only eat prebagged iceberg? can't be true) no green smoothies :( i can'r bring a blender, nor buy a smaller one to bring with me.
any more suggestions for travelling raw under these circumstances? i want to do better this time.
01-10-2008, 10:59 AM
Well, with no access to transportation, it's trickier. I'm traveling tomorrow for a two day class, and here's what I'm doing, in case it helps. I'm bringing onion bread and the eggless egg salad. I'm also bringing several avocados to add to the onion bread and eggless salad to make a really filling meal (to get me past all the temptations of airport and room service junk food). I'm bringing a couple of bananas and several lara bars to have as snacks, as well as an emergency baggie of cashews for my purse. For breakfasts, there's a health food store with a smoothie bar between my hotel and the class location, but I was on a trip last fall where I didn't have any transportation, and I ordered a fruit plate from room service. It cost a ridiculous amount, but it was my only option, and it worked.
You can always bring cut up veggies and whole avocados with you to add to iceberg salads, and if you're checking luggage or driving, you can bring your own salad dressing. If you can avoid eating fruit and nuts together, that ought to help your stomach issues. The best advice I can give you is to plan ahead. I've made this trip for classes before, and I've always slipped in the past because I didn't have enough filling food with me. This time I'm bringing a whole bunch of really filling stuff, and I've written out a meal-by-meal plan. I'm committed to staying 100%. I'll let you know if I learn anything helpful while I'm traveling!
01-10-2008, 11:58 AM
thanks... after reading your post, i think the key for me is to try to plan each meal and snack for the day to make sure i have enough food. and food that is filling!
before, i just brought a cooler of random stuff... which worked in some cases... (i could add avocado and mango to my iceberg lettuce!)... but i didn't feel i had enough substantial food.
01-10-2008, 12:24 PM
This is a good thread.
Hipisanpo- GrandRapids MI has a resterant called Gaia you can look it up on line it is your standard hippi macrobiotic place but they probably have some more decent lettuce.
I like to take a little bit of powdered wheat grass or barley grass powder as well as spirallina and chlerela ( I know my spelling is horrible!) That way I know I have at least a little something green when I travel.
01-10-2008, 06:08 PM
dear bananapie-- if i ever venture into GR again, i will keep that in mind. in february, i am going to dallas. hopefully i will have more luck.
also, if i bring powdered green stuff, what do i put it in. just water? i have never tried the stuff myself.
01-10-2008, 08:55 PM
Often you can get a refrigerator in your room by just asking. Most motels have them. Diabetics need them for their insulin, people on penicillin need them....the motels are used to the request. Dates, too, travel very well. I always carry a bunch.
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