8 Essentials For Vegan Travellers

I’m heading to Dublin for the weekend and it had me thinking about the items I usually pack specifically because I’m vegan; essential things I’d miss if I forgot them! If you’re thinking of travelling soon, even if it’s only a few hours away in another county, these tips might help you out!

Travel bottles for dairy-free milk

Most places have dairy free milk these days, but you still find the odd place that doesn’t even have almond milk on offer, let alone soy. When you’re in an unfamiliar town or city, particularly if you’re somewhere rural, it’s best to pour a little vegan milk into a small bottle and pop it in your handbag. Or if you’re a guy who doesn’t use a bag, ask your girlfriend to carry it for you!

Vegan Passportvegan travel essentials

This is really useful if you’re going abroad, rather than heading somewhere in Ireland, but I thought I’d mention it anyway in case you haven’t heard of it. It’s an app you can download that contains common phrases in lots of different languages so you can let waiters and vendors know what you can and can’t eat. If you need to know how to say “Can you make something for me that doesn’t contain eggs, meat, fish or dairy?” this has you covered.

Snacks

This is a big one. Never leave the house without a Nakd bar or a flapjack or an apple in your pocket or bag. Not everywhere has items that are suitable for vegans, and in fact it’s usually the exception rather than the rule, so be prepared. Few things are worse than being a starving vegan in a place with no vegan options.

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Dry shampoo

I use Lush’s vegan-friendly dry shampoo, which is a decent sized bottle of what looks like baby powder. You just pop a few sprinkles in your hair and comb it through, and voila! Hair that doesn’t look like a big grease ball. Not only is it better for your hair to wash it every other day instead of every day, it’s also better for the environment as you’re not using as much water. Win-win! There are several VF dry shampoo sprays out there as well, but I don’t use aerosol tins so I have none to recommend.

vegan travel essentialsFace mist

Travelling can really dry out your skin, especially if you’re spending a long time on a plane or a bus (it’s 4 hours from Donegal to Dublin on a bus… yeah), so you might want to rejuvenate your skin afterwards. I don’t really wear makeup anymore and especially not while I’m traveling, and the Facial Mist by Sukin is an absolute life saver after a long haul journey. However, if you don’t want to buy something expensive, you can get yourself a little spray bottle and fill it with water and a few drops of tea tree oil. Just as good!

Sleeping mask

If you’re staying in hotels while traveling, I’m sure you’ve noticed that the blinds or the curtains may not block out the light entirely. You may want to pack a sleeping mask so that if you’re faced with cracks of light keeping you awake, you can sleep soundly under your mask. As someone who is scared of the dark, this isn’t a major problem for me personally, but my boyfriend can’t sleep if there’s even a tiny bit of light in the room, so he loves his mask.

Probioticsvegan travel essentials

Traveling can really upset the tummy. This is due to a number of factors, but mostly because you may not eat regularly, you might be trying different kinds of foods your tummy isn’t used to, or because you’re in a country that has untreated water. I use a probiotic from Optibac that has worked wonders for me in times of need.

Comfy shoes

This is super important for walking around a city or exploring woods and green areas. I recently came across shoes on Nae that are made of Pinatex (vegan leather made from pineapple leaves). I bought a pair of boots recently myself, but I think I’m going to save up for these gold beauties.

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Source: nae-vegan.com

They’re incredibly eco-friendly; they’re a by-product of pineapple farming and it takes no extra water or land to create the leather. It’s a fantastic product.

What are your vegan travel essentials? Let me know in the comments!

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Make Your Own Garlic Dip – Vegan Tip #8

Sometimes you just really crave a pizza; whether it’s when you’re with friends on a night-in or you’re having a Netflix marathon and you can’t be bothered cooking. You can’t go too wrong with pizza!

I was over the moon when I found out that Dominoes’ tomato sauce and base is accidentally vegan and I’ve ordered many veggie pizzas minus the cheese over the last year. Unfortunately, I can’t use the garlic dip, which was something I used to LOVE when I was an omni.

If you’re missing that garlic goodness as well, fear not! You can just make your own VERY easily! All you need is a few teaspoons of vegan mayonnaise (I use Vegenaise cos it’s THE BEST), a sprinkle of oregano and parsley and some garlic purée.

I always have these ingredients in the house for daily meals anyway, so I didn’t even have to run to the shops. Chances are, if you’re a vegan, you’ll probably have these in your cupboard, and if not you can invest in them and always have garlic dip on hand!

All you do is combine them until it looks like the garlic dip you know and love – it couldn’t be simpler! Plus you can add more or less garlic depending on your taste – it’s almost better than the real thing!

5 Delicious Essentials For A Vegan Kitchen

There are lots of amazing foods/spices/seasonings that a vegan has in their kitchen, but if you’re a beginner to the vegan lifestyle then you may not know where to start!

I’ve put together a list of 5 of the most delicious essentials for a vegan kitchen:

Paprika 

If you happen to follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that mashed avocado on toast with smoked paprika on top is my all-time favourite snack. Aside from being the perfect seasoning to give almost any food a delicious kick, it’s a fantastic flavouring for so many dishes!

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It is especially delicious in curries and pasta sauce, and it makes a fabulous marinade for tofu when mixed with soy sauce. In case you didn’t know, paprika is the main flavouring in a lot of bacon-flavoured snacks like crisps. All the flavour with none of the suffering!

Soy sauce 

I don’t know what I’d do without soy sauce – I use it almost every day! It’s essential for the perfect stir fry and adds extra flavour to soups and things like fried onions, diced courgette and nut roasts. As I mentioned above, it makes a great marinade as well, particularly when mixed with other herbs and spices.

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My potato wedges recipe requires a mix of both paprika, soy sauce and extra virgin olive oil as well as some parsley to get the perfect flavour! I usually buy a low sodium bottle but there are plenty of bottles to choose from at the supermarket.

Frozen fruit 

This is fairly basic, but it’s much more practical (and cheaper!) than buying fresh fruit for things like smoothies. You don’t even need to add ice to the smoothie when the fruit is frozen.

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Although I’ve never seen frozen bananas (by all means, let me know if you discover these for sale!), they would be the holy grail of frozen fruit for instant nice cream any time you want it! Though you can also just go the old fashioned route by chopping your own in bulk and freezing in a glass container.

Turmeric 

Turmeric is excellent for reducing inflammation so if you have joint problems or even acne then turmeric is a great thing to add to pretty much anything you make. I buy fresh turmeric from my local market but you can get the already ground bottles from your local shop!

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It’s also wonderful around cold season. If you happen to be under the weather right now and suffering from a nasty flu then make sure to try out my easy turmeric milk recipe!

Tomato passata 

This is the créme de la resistance (is that how you say it?) of a vegan kitchen. Tomato passata is very cheap and it forms the base of most of my curries and chilli bowls. It also just so happens to come in recyclable containers!

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I usually mix it with plain water or some vegetable stock to create my own pasta and curry sauces. Give it a try some time! You can get 500g of passata for as little as 80 cent.

What are your 5 vegan kitchen essentials? Let me know in the comments!

Christmas Gift Guide – What To Buy For Vegans

If you’re a vegan, chances are you’re already very aware of the many ways we exploit animals in our society. However, family members of vegans may not be. If you’re looking to buy a Christmas present for your vegan loved one, you need to be careful about the items you choose.

A well meaning family member could get you some skincare products, a purse, a scarf, or sweets for Christmas without thinking about whether or not there’s honey or beeswax in the skincare products, leather (which is cow skin) on the purse, wool in the scarf or sweets containing animal products like dairy and eggs. You have to be careful with many things you may not think about, like alcohol.

It’s important to remember this because if you take the time to get a vegan an ethical gift, believe me they will seriously appreciate it. If you do happen to get something that isn’t vegan, the person you bought it for may not even use it. They might give it to charity or to someone else, and that isn’t what you want, so take some time to Google what’s appropriate for vegans before you buy.

Or you can check out this list of great gifts under thirty quid to give to vegan loved ones!

Candle 

This beautiful vegan candle is made from soy and inspired by the Grinch, so it’s right on theme! It costs €7.17 to buy and ships from Canada.

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Blush 

This beautiful autumnal blush from Eldridge Organics is the perfect gift for the make-up lover in your life. It contains just three ingredients and costs €9.69!

vegan xmas gift guide

Soap 

These soaps come with a great little gift box and cost €12.55. The detox soap included is ideal for any vegans who struggle with face or body acne.

vegan xmas gift guide

Beard oil 

Long beards seem to be all the rage the past few years, and although we’re about to leave November, many a man in your life may still have bushy facial hair. As many of you know, this month is Movember – where men grow out their facial hair to raise awareness of illnesses that affect men, like prostate and testicular cancer.

This great gift clocks in at €12.11.

Our Detox Soap is ideal for those who struggle with face or body acne and those who need a good skin detoxification. It is made from moisturizing oils + butters blended with activated charcoal and tea tree essential oil. If your skin needs a refresher, this is the most holistic choice for you.

Wallet 

This unique wallet is made out of leaves, believe it or not! Sustainably sourced leaves of the sal tree growing in India, to be exact. There will be no end of compliments for whoever you buy this for!

It’s only €26.61 and ships from the UK!

sustainably sourced leaves of sal tree growing in India

Xmas jumper 

Everyone needs a cosy xmas jumper and this one in particular is entirely badass with the picture of a buffed up reindeer on the front! It’s €30.23 which is technically over thirty quid, but we’ll round down!

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Alternatively, if the vegan in your life isn’t that materialistic, you can give a donation in their name to an animal sanctuary, like Eden Farm in Co. Meath.

Do you have any more suggestions for vegan xmas gifts? Let me know in the comments!

3 Things To Do For A Very Vegan Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone! It’s one of my favourite seasonal holidays as the whole day is about having fun, dressing up, scaring yourself and eating sweets – any occasion that doesn’t revolve entirely around eating some kind of meat gets a thumbs up from me!

If you’re unsure of what to do today, here are some suggestions I have for all you vegans out there scratching your noggins:

Carve a turnip 

Did you know that the first jack o’ lanterns were actually turnips, not pumpkins? The practice originated right here in Ireland (although several cultures around the world are known for carving scary faces into produce and objects to ward off evil) in order to keep evil spirits at bay on Samhain, when the veil between our world and the otherworld is at its thinnest and spirits can pass through.

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