Sunday, August 12, 2012

U.S. Road Trip Frugal Vegan Tips: Food - Part One

Hi - Everybody!

Well, it is getting near the end of Summer now, and most people are finished with their road trips and heading towards the 'back to school' schedule! 

But, I am leaving today on a road trip from Southern California to Western Kentucky, then back to Kansas (to pick my daughter, Sarah, up from her Grandparent's), then back to Southern California - all in one week!

 Since it is NOT exactly budget friendly or convenient to eat  out or even find any vegan or vegetarian cafe's/restaurants for every meal...

Here are my tips for eating Vegan, and on a budget while traveling across the Midwest: 

1. Buy organic food/ travel snacks at the grocery store before you leave!

List of Easy Travel Food/Snack Options:

- Fresh Organic Fruit of choice = Bananas, Apples, Grapes, ect. ($6-10 for several lbs.- Bring a small cooler with ice $2)

-  Buy Bulk Nuts/Seeds/Dried Fruit = Mixed Raw Nuts, Almonds, Peanuts, Sunflower Seeds, Walnuts, Chia Seeds, Raw Coconut Flakes ($5/lb)

- Celery with Almond Butter and Raisins stored in Ziploc Bags ($3-4 for 30 servings or more)

- Make your own Bean Burrito's..Tortillas and canned Organic Black Beans ($3-4)
(bring a can opener and a couple paper plates)

- Organic Green Juice Mixes such as Raw Green Super Food (.95/per Serving)

(I Bring Coconut Water- $3, Ice and this BPA-Free Cup with a screw on lid, to mix it in): 

- One Case of Spring Water: ($4)

** $40-45 ** 

to feed 2-3 people for up to 7 days!
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~ Easy Clean-up and Disposal Tips ~

1. Tote Bags (in back seat area) - Use for depositing Recyclables, then recycling, in an available bin.

2. Large Paper Bag (In back seat area)-  
Use for non-recyclable waste, food waste.

3. When stopping at gas stations, stores, rest areas, or eating establishments - Throw away any garbage.

4. Bring some citrus essential oils to place on an unscented hanging air freshener - to relieve stress, and give positive energy for the journey!

~ PEACE and LOVE ~

Part 2-Coming Next...

Are these tips helpful? 

Let me know in the comments below!


  1. When traveling, how do you do juices? Just go to a juice bar? Or do you take your juicer with you? Do you make juices ahead of time, freeze and take them with you in a cooler? I am going for a 1 week+ trip and am not sure how to continue juicing while on the road... Any suggestions?

    1. If I do want juice I would buy some packaged green juices from the grocery store while traveling.If you are able and willing, you can pack your own juicer and buy fruit and veggies along the way and juice in your hotel room. Any excess can be stored in jars in a cooler with ice. Let me know how your trip turns out, and what you decided to do for your juicing! Safe Travels, Barbara!


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