While I’ve found many airports are becoming more and more vegan friendly, it’s always best to BYOF when traveling as a vegan. Delta Terminal A at LGA and Jet Blue Terminal 5 at JFK both offer a plethora of food options for vegan travelers at gourmet markets past security. In addition to prepared meals/sandwiches/wraps/hummus, there are a bunch of vegan packaged snacks (some healthier than others) and fruits.
In flight, Jet Blue has a vegan snack box for purchase and free snacks that are vegan. Delta had mixed nuts and vegan cookies. So in the event that you didn’t plan ahead, you wouldn’t be completely bankrupt of food options!
However, for the healthiest fare and ability to control what you have to eat, I find it’s always best to prepare in advance and bring your own.
Vegan Travel Tips – Food to Bring
- Bring easy to grab-and-go fresh fruits like clementines and bananas.
- Bring cut up other fruits and veggies to snack on.
- Nuts (raw or slightly roasted without salt) are always great to have as well.
Here’s what I brought for my last trip
- Papaya with lime – Cut up papaya with LOTS of fresh lime wedges. Dowsed with fresh lime juice is the ONLY way to eat papaya in my world! Be sure to squeeze the limes once through security. Lime juice in your container of fruit may be considered a liquid and not allowed through security.
- Pomegranate – Opened the night before and put the fruit (arils) into a container. Sometimes I mix with oats or cereal but had them straight up this time.
- Kale Salad – Massaged kale salad with lemon tahini dressing, sweet potato chunks, sliced avocado, quinoa, chickpeas leftover from my dinner at Terri (NYC vegan cafe) the night before. This is a super healthy, satiating, light and nutritious salad that holds up for a long flight. Other leafy greens can go bad when not refrigerated but kale has a longer lifespan. P.s. Terri is a must-go-to destinations when in NYC – smoothies, fresh-pressed juices, wraps, sandwiches, salads, cupcakes, etc.
- And rounding out the eats I took with me, a snack baggie full of Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Squares (guilty pleasure!).
Vegan Holiday Travel Video Collaboration
Eco Vegan Gal and World of Vegan bloggers and vloggers put together a video collaboration for fellow vegans to share their travel experiences and tips. Here’s mine. I’ll include the links to others as they come in.
Cibo Express Gourmet Markets are in many airports now. They have some of my favorite vegan snack foods including vegan Nugo nutrition bars, Divvies cookies, freeze-dried fruits, Hail Mary treats, and much more.
If you have some experiences at these or other airports, or travel tips, please feel free to leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!