Everyone knows that vegans would keel over and die of malnutrition and general heartbreak if they had to live a life without hummus. Hummus is to vegans as water is to fish. So, let me recommend these little hummus packets from Wild Garden. I really love them!
Little Hummus Packets from Wild Garden
Here are some of the things I love about these:
~ less than 3 oz. means you can take them on the plane with you
~ actually very tasty hummus: lemony and garlicky!
~ great ingredients: Chickpeas, sesame paste, water, sea salt, natural spices, citric acid
Not bad for a packaged product!
~ doesn't require refrigeration
Now, obviously, at home I usually make my own hummus - it's easy and delicious to do. But, I really, really love these hummus packets for traveling. They are easy to transport, easy to open, a perfect serving size, nutritious, tasty, and most of all, you are eating REAL FOOD - which can be hard sometime for a traveling vegan.
I brought a ton of these with my on my recent trip to rural Austria in the dead of winter (not generally renowned as a super vegan-friendly situation) - I ate at least one packet every day, and also was grateful to have them with me on the plane. Totally delicious!
(Also! Wild Garden is a cool company. When I had a PPK friend in the military who was really struggling at staying vegan while serving, I wrote to them for help & they sent her a big box FULL of these little packets. That's rad!)
Speaking of my recent trip, and vegan traveling - here are a few of the things I took with me on my last trip:
~ hummus packets
~ McDougall dehydrated soup mixes
~ dried bean flakes from the bulk bins
~ Tabasco sauce: For adding to the bean flakes and soup mixes.
You gotta keep life interesting!
~ Starbucks coffee packets: SO great! Easy coffee on the go! Just add hot water.
~ powdered soy milk for adding to coffee
~ Larabars: bars are always a good idea for travel. Easy, nutritious, calories
~ chocolate bars: especially if there won't be vegan desserts around,
this way you won't be too sad.
Some thoughts: The McDougall soup mixes come in big paper tubs which are to bulky for packing in the suitcase, so I transferred them to ziplock baggies and wrote the name of the soup on the outside. Even though they are billed as "healthy" soups, they are CRAZY high in sodium. So, after consulting with my aunt, we came up with the idea of using one spice packet over multiple servings, and that was great. For example, I used the Black Bean Soup with Lime spice packet for probably 3-4 bowls of soup (adding some of the black bean mix from the original packet, and also just a bunch of dehydrated black bean flakes). I'll definitely use this method again.