Here are five ways our odds are better at saving money, reducing our waste, and eating plant-based while we are on the go whether it be a road trip or an outing for the day.
- I like to make food I’m going to look forward to when we are out and about. Try new things, make ingredients more salty and flavorful. Incorporating dips with cut up veggies is always a hit. If I make a salad I always carry the dressing in separate container, unless it is hearty greens like kale or cabbage. Another tip to forgo chips or other crunchy, salty treats is to eat dried zucchini, activated nuts, or kale chips. Bulk bin candies and snacks are a great way to bring in the sweets through gummy bears or stay with dried fruit.
- Containers are everything. I make do with what I have, but it would be so much easier to have containers that were really well built, easy to clean, and works with each ingredient. I love tiffins and bento boxes for individual meals, but not so much for snacks. My jars are too heavy and breakable to take to the water or skatepark. I would love a square Tupperware container for larger salads and shared snacks that fits nicely in bags. Water bottles are super important too. Bring one for each family member, plus a jug or bottle with extra water to drink or to use in cleanup situations. Finally, I use my bulk bin bags for bulk bin treats while out on the go, or to pop a donut or bagel in.
- If you’re out and about and don’t have a container, reuse and opt for food that comes in its own packaging. If you’re just in the mood for some fast food (I get it), do a quick search for PETA approved fast food and check ahead on your map to see what food is coming up. We have found that Taco Bell and Subway are available at almost every major freeway exit and have solid plant-based options. If you’re in a grocery store grab an avocado to chop up and buy some rice and beans from deli. For a quick lunch or snack hit up the bagel bins and spread on some peanut butter or mashed avocado.
- Try to bring all of the tools you need along with you. Straws, water bottles, extra water, tea towels, plates, cutlery, produce bags, and shopping bags will help you reduce your waste. Get in the habit of bringing along a “go bag” of items that keep you flexible when it comes to snacks and meals on-the-go.
- Think about container cleanup. I don’t like leaving dirty dishes in my bag or car, it’s hard to be able to use them again and it’s not fun to smell them. I would love to get something like this portable dish washing bowl. It might be overkill for a park day. However, bringing along a tea towel and some extra water always helps.
What do you do to cut back on your waste, eat plant-based, and save money while on-the-go whether it is for a road trip or a day of errands or play?