"How to Travel in the Raw: a Must-Have Checklist"

by Frederic Patenaude

If you've been experiencing the benefits of eating more raw foods, or even committing to a raw food diet, you have probably asked yourself the question: "What should I do when traveling?"

Have you ever wondered if it would be complicated to eat a raw food diet when traveling in new cities, new countries and new cultures where you're not sure what you'll find or if people will even understand what you need?

Or maybe you're not sure how easy it would be to eat a raw food diet on a camping trip, or while going on a scuba-diving expedition, or even on an organized trip or cruise.

If that's the case for you, be relieved. I'm providing you with my own personal checklist of things to do when you're traveling in the raw.

The Raw Travel Checklist

Maintain a positive attitude: you will be able to find what you need. You can eat a raw food diet and travel if you want - just expect the best and remain positive!
If you're flying, contact your travel agent in advance and reserve a "fruit plate" for your meal.
Bring with you several 32-ounce jugs of fruit smoothie. For more information on the best "travel drink", click here.
Pack extra dried goods such as dried figs or nuts, "just in case". Bring enough for the length of your trip.
Consider the possibility of committing to being 100% raw on your trip, just for the sake of feeling better and having an even better time.
Spend a few minutes doing some Google searches on vegetarian restaurants, raw food restaurants, health food stores, farmers' markets and other resources in the place you will be visiting.
Drop by an Internet forum for raw foodists such as Raw Health Mastermind and ask people for recommendations on your travel situation.
If you're doing an organized tour or trip, advise the organizers in advance that you're on a special diet and inform them of your needs.
If space allows, bring your own blender or consider purchasing a travel blender such as the "Tribest Personal Blender" (available online).
Learn to say the phrases "I am a vegetarian," "I would like just fruit," "I would like a plain salad" and "Where's the market?" as well as "Please" and "Thank you" if people speak a foreign language where you're going.
Pack a thin plastic cutting board, 2 knives, 2 spoons, 2 forks, as well as a board or plastic container large enough to contain a salad.
Pack a few plastic bags to hold peels and trash for your initial travel by plane, car or train.
Be aware that traveling TO the United States is trickier because they don't allow fresh fruits and vegetables into the country. Get around that by bringing fruit smoothies or a prepared fruit salad instead.
Remember to keep up your exercise during the trip as well! Do 10 or 15 minutes of bodyweight exercises in your room, and if you're staying at a hotel, find out if they have an exercise room.
Smile a lot.
Remember to have fun no matter what.

So now that you're armed with this checklist, there's nothing that can stop you from having a great trip AND staying healthy.

Make sure you print out this checklist and have it available for your next trip! Click here to download your PDF copy now.

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