Clean Eating Foods That Travel Well

Need a specific list of clean eating foods that travel well?

Clean eating and travel are not always the best of friends. But the good news is, I’ve done some of the hard work for you. On my last trip, I took careful notes and came up with a nice list of foods that traveled well. Some need refrigeration, some don’t. Call ahead to find out if you can get a fridge in your hotel room. Many hotels have them by request.

Clean Eating Foods That Travel Well

Here’s what I took with me:


  • Raspberries
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries – washed and de-stemmed
  • Kiwis – sliced
  • Grapes
  • Oranges
  • Apples


  • Sugar snap peas
  • Baby carrots
  • Celery
  • Roasted veggies (brussels sprouts and zucchini)


  • Protein bars (try these!)
  • Chicken breasts
  • Cheese sticks
  • Hard-boiled eggs


  • Whole wheat tortillas (or try these homemade quinoa tortillas)
  • Brown rice crackers
  • Whole wheat crackers
  • Pre-made oatmeal packs (quick oats, whey powder, nuts)



  • Sparkling water – just be careful it doesn’t get too jumbled around
  • Sparkling juice (no sugar added)
  • Juice boxes (no sugar added) for the kiddos
  • Water, water, and more water
  • 1 jar of milk (for coffee and any munchkins along for the ride)

If you package these all in Ziploc bags or Tupperware, they travel well. Then just get a cooler for the chicken, eggs, milk, cheese sticks, and as much of the fruit as you can get in there.

Remember to request a refrigerator in your hotel room or take 2 extra gallon-sized Ziploc bags for ice.

Just plan to “snack” for your entire trip.

So there you have it! Please share any extra travel tips or food that travel well in a comment below.

And enjoy your trip!

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  1. Great article & will certainly use lots of your tips.

    We just completed our 3 week of clean eating and things are going great!!! I am down almost 5 lbs and my husband has lost 10lbs (Is this possible???) Hard to understand how come I have not followed through in the past. We are planning our meals, I am packing lunch and snacks to work (even leftovers are more appealing when packed in individual servings…ready to heat up).

    I have a couple of travels this summer with my husband and our two boys and wanting not to sabotage our efforts to clean eating. Again thanks for the tips.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Becky – My pleasure! Please come back after your trip and share any other tips you may have picked up in your travels! 😀

  2. As a mostly vegan and some Raw clean Eater with many Food Allergies, it is very tricky to travel! I just go to grocery and healthfood stores to shop and eat their salad bars. Also bake and cook then take those dishes with me. Invest in a powerful inverter or small generator for long road or TV trips to plug your blender and juicer into.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michelle – Great tips! Thank you!

  3. I’m in a predicament. My husband and I work at a small Bible college and we travel alot with a singing quartet. We mostly go in people’s homes or stay at campgrounds to eat. That means we don’t have a choice on the food we eat. Since there’s really no answer for this, I was wondering if you had any good suggestions for a clean cleanse after we get home from our travels. Alot of days, we have to eat fast food as well. I know none of it is healthy, but I need some help with “healthier” options at these places. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rachel – I don’t advocate for doing cleanses. If you come home and eat 100% clean, that will cleanse your body pretty quickly on it’s own.

  4. Great post, which really inspires me with my current article that deals with eating healthy clean foods while working (and living) in remote isolated areas as a Humanitarian aid worker. The tricky part is finding foods that travel well even where there are no traditional supermarkets, Internet delivery points or even local shop. My challenge us to identify what you can pack and take with you – that lasts for months on end. So far dehydrated fruit and veg, nuts, flax and other seeds come high on the list. What ideas might you have?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Anna – Your best bet is to focus on very simple, local foods. What you have so far sounds like the basics. I don’t know of much else that will last that long unless you get canned goods.

  5. I learned this in girl scouts many moons ago and Ive done it camping, traveling and on day hike trips. One apple cored…fill the center with peanut butter mixed with granola or dried fruits. Its contained and really good.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lolly – Yum! That sounds wonderful!!