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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!