Stay healthy while travelling, even with dietary restrictions


Whether you’re a college student, have a full time job, or a house full of children, eating healthy on the go can often come as a challenge. The notion of “fast food” has been completely misconstrued by society over time. The simplest, fastest food, is straight from the Earth. Yes—fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds are “fast foods” and won’t leave you feeling sluggish when you’re on the move. From travelling through an airport to taking a road trip, it may seem like unhealthy food is your only option! I promise, healthy food is all around you if you’re looking for it! Here are some of my top tips on how to stay healthy while travelling, even with dietary restrictions!


BE PREPARED— BRING SNACKS! This is my #1 tip to help you stay healthy while travelling! Packing snacks for yourself ensures that you will be much less likely to give into those unhealthy temptations. Not to mention, it will save you from spending money on overpriced airport and rest stop food. Cut up some veggies and fruit, put them in some plastic tupperware, take a few handfuls of nuts in a ziploc, and you’re good to go!! ALWAYS hydrate while you are travelling—you will not only be pushing toxins out of your body, but you will also keep your immune system strong while you are surrounded by new environments and people.


If you know that you are going to be traveling for a long period of time without many breaks for eating, eat a big meal before you take off or before you begin the drive to your destination. Starting your travels with a big bowl of fruit or a large green smoothie will keep you energized and fuelled until your next stop.


This tip has not only tremendously helped me while travelling, but it has also helped me through my raw vegan journey in general. Planning ahead will allow you to scope out restaurants and markets at your destination that have healthy options for you and will keep you on track! Whether your trip is for leisure or business, there is no reason that food should cause you any stress. Exploring a new city or town can be an exciting way for you to try new things and take in the unique options your destination has to offer.


Just because you are traveling does not mean you should neglect your body! Although you may have a fully packed itinerary, always make sure you are allowing yourself enough time to rest and rejuvenate so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest. Sneak in some exercise by taking the stairs, skipping the escalator/elevator if you can—I am not saying that you need to go to the gym every day of your vacation! Your time off should be spent in the most enjoyable way you see fit without returning home in a slump over bad food choices.

BE FLEXIBLE! Let’s face it, things don’t always go perfectly when we’re travelling. From delayed or canceled flights to mixups at the hotel to bad restaurant choices, travel can sometimes be challenging. Rather than struggling against things that you cannot control, you can use these unpredicted events as opportunities to sit back and catch up on things you’ve been avoiding—like taking time to think about how you will better yourself!

Ashley Hampton (PumpUp: @rawincollege) is a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog