Upheaval is the buzz word, ringing like tinitus in my ear, right now. In three days I will be airlifted from cold and drizzle and transported to summer sun and long days, immersed in a culture I’ve yet to discover and surround by voices I do not (yet) comprehend. I always think it is a crazy (crazy in a good way) notion – travelling, it’s like visiting another planet. My excitement knows no end.
My spare bed is now quite unrecognisable. Strewn with ‘stuff for my trip’. Being a vegan, and a long time gypsy girl, I’ve gotten used to carrying a few essential food stuffs. Enough to keep me going until I find a natural food store, or buy supplies online. There is something about unpacking and having your favourite green tea, or snack to hand to settle you in. Also, having a zip baggie with a couple of days of breakfast in takes the pressure off shopping. It also helps to have some sense of normality when plonked in a vastly different environment.
Airports are a radiation hazard, and the stress of travel, cabin pressure, recycled air dryer than the Sahara and jet lag can all take it’s toll. But there are things you can do to protect yourself and stay on top form so you can arrive feeling (relatively..it’s a long flight) fabulous. So, here is a list of tried and tested must haves for road trips and skyward journeys.
In my hand luggage I take
2 different probiotics to keep my digestion healthy
chlorella powder to minimise the effects of radiation
wheatgrass a good all-round powerhouse super food to supplement (or replace) airline food
1 x 10 ml (empty..fill it up on the plane as customs confiscate liquids) spritz bottle for spraying face regulary with water, to counter dehydrating effects of cabin air
travel pack digestive enzymes
soft spongy ear plugs
miso soup powder
On previous trips I’ve taken kale chips, homemade raw bread, homemade muffin or cake, but I’m am experimenting with eating very little on the trip. I am planning to sleep through most of it instead and mainly drink lots of water and green tea. I figured, leaving the UK in the evening, sleeping through most of the 15hr (eek!) flight and taking up on the day, Argentine time, when I touch down at 10am. That is the plan.
In my suitcase
zip baggy of breakfast (pea protein powder, green super food powder, acai powder, goji berries, flax meal)
kelp powder (to lesson effects of radiation)
1 pouch of baby food – fruit berries – to add to breakfast powder
1 pouch chicory coffee
1 box green tea (decaf)
1 zip baggy nooch (nutritional yeast powder)
1 packet of nori sheets (to make nori burritos)
4 single serving miso soup powder
2 raw energy bars
Upon arrival at destination
I perform a saline nasil wash (salt in warm water – antibacterial…counteract the recycled cabin air)
take a 1/2 tsp reishi mushroom powder to boost my immunity
have a warm, comforting cup of tea
grab my camera, $ , shades, room keys, a keen sense of adventure, and go exploring. I’ll do a walkabout and suss out the area. Source some promising cafes I may want to frequent. Track down the natural food stores, and do some serious people watching.
Have you visited Argentina? Do you live there? Send me tips and ideas of places you think I have to visit in the city. Must do’s in Buenos Aires. I’ve noted a few vegan restaurants to try. What are your travel essentials? Leave a comment below and let us know.