I am heading off to Sweden in a few days for a trip that will last me nine months. Like most people traveling to a foreign country I am a little worried: Will I have too much stuff with me? Will I have too little? Will I stick out? Will I make friends? But there is one question I ask myself that may be a little more unique; what will I eat?
If being away from home for the first time and dealing with what I assume will be a massive culture shock wasn’t enough, I am adding “being vegan” to my pre-departure worries. To help calm these fears I have created a few simple solutions:
- Bring Food!
-Like most Americans traveling abroad, I must consider packing a jar of GLORIOUS HEAVENLY GOOP (aka Peanut butter). This amazing food can be eaten on bread, crackers, or spoon and is good for everything from breakfast to homesick binge eating.
-Instant oatmeal is also a good travel carry-on because it can fill you up until you have time to go to a grocery store.
-Nutritional yeast is a must-have ingredient in most of my favorite foods (vegan lasagna). It offers a cheesy taste and acts as a staple in most vegan cheese recipes.
-Finally, I never travel without a box of saltines! They are super helpful in dealing with any air sickness or stomach aches.
- Know what foods are called!Bellow is a list of non-vegan foods that may show up on ingredient lists:
- Know a few simple phrases… just in case
-Jag är vegan. (I am a vegan)
-Jag är vegetarian. (I am a vegetarian)
-Jag äter inte … (I do not eat… )
Abbey Whitley is an English major at SDSU. She will be be studying at Linnæus University in Växjö Sweden for a full academic year.