We all know that being vegan can be hard enough as it is, and being a vegan on the road can make it that much harder. Whether you’re spending a day out on the town or traveling across the country, it can be difficult to find options. Here are some tips on how to prepare for a road trip.
1: Know where you’re going. This includes where you plan to stop. Look up restaurants and supermarkets along the way beforehand so you’re not surprised when you get there. Many restaurants have their menu online, and with the population of vegans growing, many restaurants have begun to mark which plates are veg-friendly. If dining in isn’t an option, research fast food chains that offer vegan food.
2: Pack food just in case. It’s happened to all of us. That perfect night out turns not-so-perfect when your original plans fall through and you’re suddenly at a BBQ restaurant where even the fries are iffy. Pack some food bars or other road trip favorites to avoid a slip-up. Even if you're on a tight schedule and can't afford to stop, you'll have food right there in your car.
3: Call your food destinations ahead of time. A hotel concierge may be able to point you in the right direction. You can also call local restaurants to make sure what’s on and off the table, literally.
4: If you’re staying with friends or family, remind them. It may be frustrating for them at first, but overall they should try their best to accommodate. If not, at least they are aware and can help plan your meals for the duration of your trip.
5: When all else fails, just ask. Many restaurants are able to accommodate your dietary needs. If you’re unsure of anything, asking can do wonders. If you were doubtful of anything, your questions can be confirmed.
Hopefully these tips make traveling a little easier. It always helps to have a plan and a backup plan.
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