Never Leave Home Without It

by HEAB on July 18, 2011

In the past, I refused to go on trips without packing all of my favorite foods. In fact, the first two times we spent our summers vacationing in Colorado, I brought along the Vita-Mix. Every year, CD and I negotiate what goes and what stays. He’s all about minimalistic packing, and I’m all about making sure I have enough rice protein powder to last me until we get back home. πŸ˜‰

These days, the car seat, stroller, Pac-N-Play, etc. now have priority over my favorite kitchen appliances, which has really been good for me. You mean we can actually buy food when we arrive? But wait, what about my chia seeds, coconut flour, millet, tahini, etc?!? Well, I go without it, and you know what? Life goes on. Instead of a socca crust pizza loaded with homemade pesto and all my favorite veggies, I enjoy sharing a delicious cheesy pizza in all its greasy gluten-filled glory from the Fife Lake Inn with my husband…


and instead of protein ice-cream prepared in the Vita-Mix, I opt for some of Michigan’s finest…


Moomer’s Ice-Cream

When I’m at home, I love eating my favorite healthy foods, but when we travel, I’ve learned to adapt and simply go with the flow. Life is much more fun that way.

Now, that being said, I must admit there are two items I always take with me…


NuNaturals vanilla stevia drops for my coffee and a big bag of oat bran!

We arrived in Michigan late Saturday night, and when I awoke Sunday morning, I enjoyed a big cup of vanilla sweetened gas station coffee and a bowl of oat bran. For some reason, oat bran is often difficult to find, and there are just some things I refuse to go without. πŸ™‚

Would you like some vanilla stevia drops for yourself? If so, NuNaturals would like to send four of you a package of their products. To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me the one item you always pack when traveling (sorry, but the giveaway is open to U.S. residents only), and for those of you that don’t win, keep in mind NuNaturals has generously donated four gift baskets to The Great Fundraising Act, an online auction to benefit Susan from The Great Balancing Act. A few weeks ago, Susan was diagnosed with Lymphoma, and the blogging community has gathered together to help raise money for her medical expenses. The auction will take place next Monday, July 25, and you can click here for more information and here to check out all the items up for bid…Oaties included. πŸ™‚



lindsey July 24, 2011 at 6:38 pm

oatmeal, bananas, and larabars. pretty basic!

julia July 24, 2011 at 11:21 am

oh jeez. foodwise? i can ususally find what i need, but i alwayyyysss need to have my greek yogurt and soymilk for my coffee. otherwise? my ipod. i neeeed it. also my phone, but tht goes without saying.

Meredith July 23, 2011 at 7:46 pm

It’s kind of boring, but I always travel with bran cereal. Gotta stay regular!

Meredith July 23, 2011 at 7:46 pm

It’s kind of boring and lame, but I always travel with bran cereal. Gotta stay regular!

AnneW July 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I always bring my BetterOats with me! It’s my favorite oatmeal and makes me feel at home when I’m far away!

Alex July 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

A good book (or 2) and my journal

Tami Jo Eaton July 22, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I would have to say there are two items: almond butter and almond milk. Although there are a lot of stores around, there is never a guarantee that those items will be there. It’s funny though, because I need to start packing the little stevia packets–because my 11 year old daughter picks up those pink packets even though she likes the stevia at home. I would love to win this to help get her off sugar.

Brooke July 22, 2011 at 11:32 am

I always bring a book when I travel.

Krista C. July 22, 2011 at 4:19 am

Lip balm!!! I’m addicted to lip balm, I have to have some on me or I go a little crazy.

Erin July 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I never leave home without a mini hairbrush stowed away in my purse! My hair is super fine, but thick and gets super tangled if its windy.

Emmie July 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I never ever travel without my sneakers! Not only does it help me get in a run or a long walk, but I just hate being stuck without proper shoes for an excursion. They’re big and bulky, so I usually tie the laces together and sling them over the strap of my bag so I have more room inside. It’s annoying to cart them around everywhere, but I’d much rather be able to go jogging in the morning before everyone wakes up or go on a hike with friends than not bring them at all!

Melissa July 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Bags of homemade trail mix. I have two boys and they are always hungry!

Stephanie July 21, 2011 at 11:38 am

Michigan is the best! I can also say that because I live here πŸ™‚ But anyways, I never leave on a vacation without my own tea bags…. you can stop almost anywhere and get hot water… and you have tea wherever.

Coco July 21, 2011 at 10:34 am

Never leave home without my klean kanteen water bottle. It goes with me everywhere…I am kind of attached!

Larissa July 20, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Hiya! Loved reading this blog! I never leave home without my single packs of Justins Honey Almond Butter – great on almost everything!!! Yum!! I have even stirred it into hot chocolate and coffee!!

Sarah-Mae July 20, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I always pack two kinds of baked goods, usually a banana bread and muffins or cookies or scones. This way we can eat good (and healthy) baked goods with our coffee stops instead of stale crumbly sugary muffins

Rhoni July 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I love that you’re visiting MI again. That’s where I hail from! πŸ™‚

As for what I can’t leave behind…I would have to say my blow drier and curling iron. I can’t have a good hair day without both of those.

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) July 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Wow, you have come a long way baby. I can see where your priorities would be changed now with Summer. I have always been a TERRIBLE overpacker when it comes to food and even gasp! appliances. The last trip to the UK I didnt’ take my blender and I was happy but I did substitute my shakes with my protein muffins. I really should rethink my packing- I can’t tell you how many times I’ve packed 50 things and about 30 of them come back home with me- one day I’ll consider myself ‘normal’ when I can just pack clothes and NOTHING else. Sigh and sigh again. That’s nice of NuNaturals to donate for TGFA! πŸ™‚

Jessica July 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm

My blanky…um, and yes I am 25!

courtney July 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I always always pack my flip flops. It freaks me out to walk around in a hotel room barefoot.

Megan July 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I have been known to travel with my coffee maker. Even though you can get coffee almost anywhere, I just like mine better πŸ™‚

shani July 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I always travel with some selection of bars life clif or lara because you never know when you will be delayed or where you will end up. Even in my day to day I always have something in my bag.

Jinny July 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm

camera! for all those wonderful memories to be made.. πŸ™‚

Mindy July 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

Definitely my Kindle and a few emergency snacks in case I cannot find anything at the airport when we travel.

Tara July 20, 2011 at 11:46 am

I’m like you… vanilla stevia drops! It’s a coffee must have!

Julie July 20, 2011 at 11:37 am

One item I can’t travel without is the the ol hair straightner…I need it to tame my crazy hair:)

Michelle July 20, 2011 at 11:26 am

I always pack my sneakers! I love running in new places!

Tori July 20, 2011 at 10:10 am

I don’t leave home without my camera. You never know when you might encounter a picture perfect moment!

Vicky July 20, 2011 at 7:31 am

I never leave home without my vitamins!

Anne July 20, 2011 at 6:50 am

I always pack raw nuts. Just cause I usually can’t find them anywhere when I travel, haha!

Jen July 20, 2011 at 4:59 am

I’m cheating and listing 3 things: a book (or 2 or 3), sunglasses (my eyes are ridiculously sensitive to sunlight), and migraine medicine (just in case, even though I only take it about 4 or 5 times a year now — being caught without it on vacation could ruin a trip!).

Nela July 20, 2011 at 1:14 am

My iPad – I use all of my healthy eating and yoga apps when I travel. It’s easier to make healthy choices and continue my practice.

Megan July 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Peanut butter. I have it stashed everywhere. I keep packets in my backpack, the car, at work, in my purse, pretty much everywhere I think I may need to keep it. Slightly silly but I’ve come to realize that when hunger strikes I must feed it and peanut butter always does the trick.

Gina July 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I do not walk out my door to go ANYWHERE – every day – without my gigantic water bottle filled with ice and filtered water, and a sliced apple for a snack. I’m totally with you on the oat bran too – it is hard to find (why is that?) and I hate to be without it. I’ve been all about oat bran-cottage cheese-blueberry pancakes lately.

Kerry July 19, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I have done a lot of backpacking through europe so i learned to pack light…i ALWAYS had my running shoes though..and lots of granola bars for snacks….i would take them out of the box and stuff them inside my shoes to save space.

Anna @ Food Fitness and Frolicking July 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I never ever leave home without my running shoes and peanut butter. Weird combo, ha.

Mallory July 19, 2011 at 6:55 pm

a couple of emergency-in-case-i-can’t-find-the-brand-i-want peppermint tea bags πŸ™‚

Lexie July 19, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I make sure to always pack my clarasonic face brush! My face doesn’t feel like it is clean if I don’t use it.

I have been wanting to try the drops! I have bought different brands of Stevia that come in the packets and they always seem to taste funny to me. Maybe I am just used to Splenda?

Sarah L July 19, 2011 at 5:47 pm

My pillow. I even carry it on when I fly somewhere!

Tracy July 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I always have my ipad because that is my kindle! I also bring my favorite tea bags.

Rainie@Be Well July 19, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I never travel without my oatmeal:) It’s perfect in a crunch or vacations! I also carry (off brand) Truvia in my purse for coffee and tea emergencies, but I have never tried stevia drops!!

abbey July 19, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I always bring bars/protein packets!

sheila July 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm

i always bring floss! not that i don’t love saving a little bit of each meal between my teeth to snack on later.

Melissa B. July 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Hi Heather!

It looks like you’re having a great trip! I just got back from the beach last night, and it was wonderful πŸ™‚ I always pack my decaf green tea, probiotics, vitamins- for vacation rooms without a fridge or stove- and, add coconut oil, eggs, and salad materials for vacations where I have a fridge and stove.

becky July 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I always pack more snacks than I need…just in case. i’ve learned form being caught without!

Natalie July 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I need to be better about this. Nice work! My items are Amazing Grass Chocolate Superfood and Trader Joe’s hemp protein powder – chocolate flavor.

jenna July 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm

That’s it; I’m googling Amazing Grass Chocolate Superfood. It sounds like a magical combination πŸ™‚

Katie M July 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I always take my own pillow and my own breakfast. I can’t live without my overnight oats.

Dee July 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I never leave home without my kindle. πŸ™‚

sue July 19, 2011 at 11:56 am

I always have to have some sort of sweet treat on hand, so I’ll always have fresh, durable fruit (like apples) and gummy bears!!

Francesca July 19, 2011 at 11:21 am

When traveling I pack everything but the kitchen sink! My boyfriend cannot seem to pack “light”. I never leave home without a bag of various snacks and a good book. When we travel it’s always to go back home to Michigan…and Tim Horton’s is our favorite place ever to get a DELISH cup of coffee, soooo these vanilla stevia drops would be an awesome addition to my Tim Horton’s coffee.

HEAB July 19, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I love Tim Horton’s. Had some when I was in Canada, and I remember it being so good. I need to find some while I’m here!

Francesca @ From Debt to Set July 22, 2011 at 8:32 am


Are you from Michigan or are you there on vacation? Tim Horton’s should be all over MI as far as I know. We’re in the D.C. area and Tim Horton’s is no where around, so we drink a TON while home in MI. It’s honestly the only cup of coffee I absolutely love.

HEAB July 22, 2011 at 8:47 am

Nope, just vacationing. We’re kind of in the middle of nowhere right now – Fife Lake, and trust me, there is no Tim Horton’s here. They don’t even have cream at the local breakfast place – only powdered coffee-mate. Blech! We’re headed farther north next week, and I will be on the lookout for Tim Horton’s! πŸ™‚

Cyndi July 19, 2011 at 11:16 am

I always bring my protein powder

Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free July 19, 2011 at 11:04 am

I always bring trail mix in my purse. I find there are SO many times that I’m starving and I need something quick!

Kati July 19, 2011 at 11:02 am

I never never travel without a good thick book and my burts bees chapstick!

Meg July 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

My running shoes!

Orme July 19, 2011 at 10:49 am

LOVE THIS – soooo important to go with the flow when it comes to travel/food. Makes life a lot less stressful. Glad you guys are enjoying your trip already πŸ™‚
I want some of that freakin ICE CREAM!!

HEAB July 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I’ll eat enough for the both of us. πŸ™‚

Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life July 19, 2011 at 10:41 am

This post cracked me up! I can completely relate – we went on our first family vacation this year and I was obsessing to make sure that we didn’t forget anything for the baby – between the bumbo seat, the pac n play, sheets, etc. I think we had more packed for him than for us!

Sarah July 19, 2011 at 10:36 am

I always have lactaid pills with me. I’m lactose intolerant and you never know when you will be stuck with no other option.

Andrea M July 19, 2011 at 10:34 am

my kombucha tea and raw apple cider vinegar! πŸ™‚

Lisa Ripley July 19, 2011 at 10:27 am

one item I never leave home without is peanut butter!

Alex July 19, 2011 at 10:21 am

Never leave home without nut butter. Always.
Dangerous things happen when forgotten.

Gbea July 19, 2011 at 10:14 am

running shoes, favorite body lotion, flax packs, trashy books and magazines.

Ashley July 19, 2011 at 10:10 am

I always NEED to have a notebook with me. I’m a meticulous to-do list maker and crossoff-er. I wouldn’t be able to make it anywhere without my notebook!

Sarah July 19, 2011 at 10:02 am

I always have to have some kind of healthy, satisfying, me-style snack. I’m ok with improvising snacks and meals most of the time, but I find it comforting to have one go-to snack on hand that I KNOW I love.

Stefanie July 19, 2011 at 10:00 am

I always pack some type of nut/seed butter if I am traveling.

Marisa @ Mind Over Booty July 19, 2011 at 9:58 am

I always pack a big scarf! It doubles as a blanket on a cold flight or a cover-up at night. And I never forget a bag of almonds and some fresh fruit. There is almost nothing worse than paying $5 for a banana.

jenna July 19, 2011 at 9:44 am

Heather! You have inspired me to relax a bit about my eating during an upcoming road trip that I’ve started to dread because I choose to be vegan at home – so thank you!

I’m from Canada and I travel to West Africa where my rural friends already naturally eat vegan and gluten free – and where it would be quite rude to refuse any food – so I eat whatever is there. I do always bring herbal teas because they are light to squish into a bag, they make great gifts, and they’re a perfect treat. My favorite herbal tea is YogiTea’s Kombucha Green.

HEAB July 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm

You are so welcome. I’ll have to check out the Kombucha Green tea. Always on the lookout for a good herbal tea. πŸ™‚

jenna July 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I have drank tonnes of teas and something just sticks with that one. It really is good, and naturally sweet. Oh yeah; lavender and tea tree essential oils come with me most places too. Calming and healing… πŸ™‚

Makenna July 19, 2011 at 9:36 am

Lately I don’t travel without a good book and nut butter squeeze packets! Easy to add to breakfasts while traveling!

Kimberly July 19, 2011 at 9:34 am

I can totally relate! I am an overpacker and my husband could live out of a paper sack! We do not have children yet so I can get away with packing some unreasonable <—to some people— items. I will spare you the clothing and shoe dilemma and just tell you my fave snack to bring! πŸ™‚ I eat gluten free as well and I therefore pack Cliff and/or Lara Bars ALWAYS! Since I cannot just grab any snack any time any where, I have to be prepared for the hungry beast that comes out between lunch and dinner! My faves are Peanut Butter and Blueberry! YUM!

karina July 19, 2011 at 9:31 am

Eye make up remover!

Emily July 19, 2011 at 9:24 am

Oh I’m a terrible packer. I throw in some shirts, skirts, maybe some underwear if I remember and a toothbrush. I always end up having to buy everything I forget. Hummus and baby carrots are always a must for the car ride though!

Shannon July 19, 2011 at 8:59 am

Never leave without my Bible, running shoes and a bathing suit. Never know when there might be water to swim laps in.

Colleenzo July 19, 2011 at 8:58 am

I always pack my face medicine. I don’t want to come home from vacation covered in zits!

Brooke July 19, 2011 at 8:57 am

One thing I always take when I’m traveling is my hairbrush. I put essential oils on it to nourish my hair so it’s kind of an aromatherapy session when I use the brush πŸ™‚

Those nunaturals packages sound awesome. I have never tried that brand of stevia.

HEAB July 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I love that idea! I love my peppermint/grapefruit essential oil combo. Smells amazing.

Kristin @ STUFT Mama July 19, 2011 at 8:53 am

Oh man, I want to get my hands on those stevia drops. πŸ™‚ We rarely travel and like you, the items we usually don’t leave home without have been replaced with diapers, snacks, sippys, etc. Ha ha ha! My ONE item I always take with me is PB2. This girl just has to have her peanut butter and that’s the must travel friendly. πŸ™‚
Hope you’re having fun and enjoying every bite of pizza and ice cream- it looks delicious! πŸ™‚

HEAB July 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Seriously, how do you do it all with twins? You are my hero. πŸ™‚

tina cmarko July 19, 2011 at 8:44 am

I never leave home without a huge bpa free plastic water bottle full of water! sometimes even an extra, that way when were out… driving we always have extra water. I used to keep the plastic bottled water in the back of the car, but, now am more earthly responsible and having water bottles means we can get water wherever we are! my girls (5 & 7) prefer water over other drinks when it’s hot and it saves money if we buy food out, omitting the sugary drinks places serve. I tend to try not worry about bringing as much food but, it is hard since I can’t tolerate any gluten (makes me miserably tired). Traveling is so much fun!! thanks for sharing about the nunaturals vanilla stevia, definitely want to try it sometime!

Nicole @WholeHealthRD July 19, 2011 at 8:34 am

I always pack my Vitamin D and fish oil, LARA bars, and running shoes! Oh and tea tree oil comes in handy for all sorts of things.

Lori July 19, 2011 at 8:24 am

I must have my Burt’s Bees Lip Balm!

Joya July 19, 2011 at 8:19 am

When I travel, I have to pack my coconut oil. I use it for an all over mositurizer and I cannot be without it!! If there’s another thing I don’t want to leave behind, it would be my Amazing Grass, I drink it every morning. It would be hard to choose between the two;0)

Alex @ The Plum Foodie July 19, 2011 at 8:17 am

I laughed at this post because I thought I was the only one who had a designated food bag for traveling!! One thing, though, you will NEVER catch me without when traveling is my beloved peanut butter. The brand I buy is not available in all stores – Stop & Shop, for one. I have no idea why. I just can’t live without it!!

HEAB July 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm

So, what’s the brand? I’m curious and need to make sure I’ve tried it. πŸ™‚

Alex @ The Plum Foodie July 19, 2011 at 3:21 pm

It’s nothing exciting or special like White Chocolate Dream or anything like that… but it’s my absolute favorite and makes Skippy taste like plastic. It’s Smuckers Reduced Fat Creamy Natural Style PB. YUM! Give it a try if you haven’t… You won’t be disappointed. NO clue as to why it isn’t sold in all grocery stores!

Julie July 19, 2011 at 8:04 am

Gotta have my Kindle and some Kind bars… you never know how hard it can be to find a healthy snack on the go!

Tammy July 19, 2011 at 7:51 am

My water bottle!! Love it!

sara July 19, 2011 at 7:48 am

On my last vacation from ohio to cali I made sure to pack XG and GG for my smoothies since I knew we would be so busy sight seeing and what not. SOOO glad I did! Very convenient for quick portable meals/snacks! =)

Becky July 19, 2011 at 7:27 am

I always have my water bottle and packets of nut butters! Non food item would be a book ! πŸ™‚

Alyna July 19, 2011 at 7:22 am

I don’t leave without apples/carrots and some sort of nut or seed butter. I also have water and moisturizer with me at all times. Oh yeah, and a good book!

Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 19, 2011 at 6:49 am

One thing that I ALWAYS pack in my purse (even when not on vacation) is Truvia πŸ™‚ I use it at Starbucks, in my oatmeal, as a topping– practically ANYWHERE that food is involved

sarah b July 19, 2011 at 6:27 am

I have to have something to chew–snack or gum, and some GreAt MUSIC!

Laura July 19, 2011 at 5:51 am

I can’t leave home without my phone, a bottle of water, and SNACKS! (oh, and an extra pair of contacts if it’s an overnight trip). Otherwise I could survive without anything else!

p July 19, 2011 at 5:46 am

a camera, small notepad and a pen.
for beauty products: moisturizer with sunscreen in it. lipgloss.
i don’t bring food with me.

Lauren July 19, 2011 at 5:32 am

I totally identified with this post! I have dragged my toaster along on vacation. Ezekiel bread only tastes good to me when it is warm! haha. If I had a Vita Mix, I’d probably bring that too.
On vacation, I always bring ear plugs and a fan. I need white noise or no noise to sleep!
Before getting my Kindle, I would bring three books on trips: a fiction, a nonfiction, and something I’d been meaning to read but hadn’t gotten around to.
And then I’d buy a book in the airport. Because that makes sense.

HEAB July 19, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Sitting in the Fife Lake Library and cracking up at your comment. A toaster? Hehe, I love it!

samantha July 19, 2011 at 5:14 am

I always pack a great book to read! I love reading on vacation, such a nice way to relax.

Ser July 19, 2011 at 4:40 am

I never travel without my white noise machine–two if we are traveling with the kids! Especially since having children, we never risk our sleep.

Aylin @ GlowKitchen July 19, 2011 at 4:12 am

I never leave my house without sea salt (and stevia)! I have a tiny sealed shot glass, which is essentially a small bottle, in which I keep my sea salt. I ALWAYS find myself in need of it, either to boost an afternoon avocado at work, add to a salad that needs some more oomph at a restaurant, or to simply toss over my shoulder when I need to feel lucky πŸ™‚

HEAB July 19, 2011 at 12:36 pm

That is a good idea. I need to start carrying sea salt – love that stuff, and I always forget to use it.

Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 19, 2011 at 3:41 am

I’m in Ireland so I can’t enter but I always bring bags of almonds and tea-bags with me!

Aly July 19, 2011 at 3:34 am

Hi Heather!! Your ice cream looks RIDICULOUS!! So. good. I want a vita-mix STAT!

Anyway, when we travel, I have to bring my pillow. Believe me, I will cram as much food stuff as I can into the suit case as well. But if I don’t have my pillow, there will be sad, sleepless nights πŸ™

Emmy July 19, 2011 at 3:22 am

Im not officially entering because well – on account of location, I know I cant! πŸ™‚

But I just had to comment and say I don’t ever pack anything and I actually super look forward to taking a break from being healthy. Terrible, right?

(Also, an interesting assessment because when Im ordering Veggie Delites from Subway and granola bars from Starbucks, Louis still thinks of me as being on ‘planet-health-weirdo’…. but for me those things are serious junk! :))

That ice cream looks amazers! xox

HEAB July 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm

No, I don’t think that’s terrible at all, and I had to laugh as Subway is “junk” for me as well. Love stopping there on road trips but otherwise I never eat it.

Kari @ bite-sized thoughts July 19, 2011 at 2:59 am

I love your shift in what’s important πŸ™‚ I also find that, these days, I’m more able to relax into holidays and take things as they come (at a food and non-food level). It’s sometimes harder and always riskier, but I think that’s what travel and holidays are for.

Kari @ bite-sized thoughts July 19, 2011 at 3:00 am

PS. To Amanda above – I’m all for the carbonated water too πŸ™‚ I don’t know why it’s so much better, but it is!

Amanda July 19, 2011 at 2:04 am

You mean I’m not the only one? πŸ™‚ I have to have carbonated water wherever I go. It’s gross, I know. It’s all I drink. Artificially sweetened or no, it has to be carbonated.

Other go-tos are oats and pistachios – they’re available pretty much everywhere.

HEAB July 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I get it. I love all things carbonated.

M July 19, 2011 at 1:58 am

granola bars and my camera!

Katie July 19, 2011 at 1:08 am

I never leave the house without my Kindle, especially when long travel is involved. I can forget about a lot if I have a great book to read!

Karen July 18, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Having to avoid gluten, dairy, soy, egg, almond, and sugar, I ALWAYS have nuts within arms reach. Seriously. For years it was almonds and then they came up as a serious allergy (can anyone say over reliance?). Now I rotate them and get a different one each time but they are always on the seat of my truck, in my swim bag, and with me when I travel. Ironically, it’s easier to buy other things than food so I ship food ahead to my destination so I can bake up my pseudo bran muffins while I’m wherever I’m going…. It’s worth it. I feel so much better but I so miss almonds, almond flour, almond butter….. Sigh….

HEAB July 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm

So, I’m curious. What’s your pseudo bran muffin recipe?

Karen July 18, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Having to avoid gluten, dairy, soy, egg, almond, and sugar, I ALWAYS have nuts within arms reach. Seriously. For years it was almonds and then they came up as a serious allergy (can anyone say over reliance?). Now I rotate them and get a different one each time but they are always on the seat of my truck, in my swim bag, and with me when I travel. Ironically, it’s easier to buy other things than food so I ship food ahead to my destination so I can bake up my pseudo bran muffins while I’m wherever I’m going…. It’s worth it. I feel so much better but I so miss almonds, almond flour, almond butter….. Sigh….

Hannah July 18, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Oh, mopey mopey mopey! U.S. only…

Well, when one day I’m living over there and married to, well, you know who…. πŸ˜›

HEAB July 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Haha – so true. I’m thinking vanilla stevia drops as wedding favors. πŸ˜‰

Hannah July 19, 2011 at 5:42 pm

And instead of confetti or rice, the guests can throw nooch over us as we leave the wedding venue!

(Wait… ew. That would rather ruin my hair.)

Stephanie Lankford July 18, 2011 at 11:04 pm

The one thing I never leave at home while I am on a trip is my Chi!!!! Depending on the climate of my destination, I might end up looking like Teen Wolf & God knows he looked a mess!!!! If I am somewhere that is as HUMID as TN, my hair would look a hot ass mess without getting stroked by that 300* golden beauty!!!!!!!!!!! My biggest fear is during the week while I am getting ready, it tuckers out on me!!! Can you imagine me walking into a class filled with 30+ smelly, hormonal, emotional 7th graders and my hair looking like Einstein? I would be the biggest mess, but the coolest scientist in the school!!!!!!!!

HEAB July 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm

You are too funny. I own a Chi as well – best flat iron ever!

Mandiee July 18, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I never leave home without an apple and some nuts in my purse. Protein, healthy fats, and fiber; what more could a little vegan on the run want?

Haley July 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I just went on a trip and HAD to pack steel cut oats… having breakfast on hand means that I’ll be able to control at least one meal per day while indulging randomly… πŸ™‚

maria @ Chasing the Now July 18, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Would LOVE to try some NuNaturals Stevia products. I’ve been thinking about investing in buying some, so it would be nice to try them before spending my money on them!

Jennie (the gf-gf) July 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm

When I go on vacation, I always take almond butter with me, and usually my 88% dark chocolate! But I cannot leave the house, not even to go to the store, without my iPhone. Because what if someone texts me?!

Melanie July 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm

We never leave home without our own coffee (grounds)..with the exception of Portland and NYC, both of which have amazing coffee, we can’t stand hotel-brew. Hope you have a fantastically relaxing time in Michigan:). Hopefully you’ll have time to update here and there!

Rachel Lynn July 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I alwaysss travel with book and some emergency granola bars because you never know when hunger will strike! haha

kalli July 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm

this is a great question and fun to read what others have to say……..i think i may have to say i never leave home without my mac laptop……i feel lost without it!

Gina G July 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I never leave without snacks and a good book πŸ™‚

Chrissy July 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I always travel with recipes! Never know when a family get-together just has to happen! :o)

Jessica F July 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I always take my contact case/solution. I’m don’t like wearing glasses all of the time and DEFINITELY can’t see without my second set of eyes. πŸ™ for bad vision.

Abbey July 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I always pack my toothbrush and glasses for when I take out my contacts. I would love to take my pillow and blanket but there’s no way I’m cut out for dealing with the hassle of that! Thanks HEAB and Nu Naturals!

Ellen July 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I definitely also always travel w/stevia. haha You never know when you’re going to want an iced coffee!

Lori July 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I always take my running shoes and work out clothes. Makes me feel so much better! I usually throw a few packs of Justins squeeze peanut butters in my suitcase too!

Balancing Sylvia July 18, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I’ve totally been wanting to try those stevia drops for a while, so thanks for the giveaway HEAB! I have to have something to read when traveling. It used to mean lots of magazines and a book but now my bag is so much lighter with my e-reader. I love it!

Pamela July 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm

We never leave home without peanut butter and nutella;0

Jamie July 18, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I always have a container of almonds and raisins in my purse. And lately, I bring along a tub (or single packets) of Cottonelle wipes…they just make me happier in “foreign” WC’s!

(Sorry if that’s t.m.i.)

HEAB July 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Just so you know, nothing is ever TMI here at HEAB. Personally, I think the Cottonelle wipes are a great idea. Even before having a baby, I always kept a stash in my car. So useful in so many different situations.

meghan @ struggle muffins July 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Stevia. In packet form. Oh, and larabars. And Trader Joe’s crunchy salted PB. And apples. Guess I haven’t mastered the art of minimalist packing… πŸ˜‰

Sonya July 18, 2011 at 9:36 pm

My feather pillow…can’t sleep without it!

Missy July 18, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I always pack a lot of snacks when I travel. For some reason I always think there won’t be enough food, so I always pack a ton….and almost always end up bringing it all back home with me.

DebbieKat July 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm

The one thing I can’t leave home without is my laptop. I really need to disconnect. πŸ™‚

Alina July 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I bring a huge bag of books even if it would take me 2 months to read them all and I am only traveling for 5 days :). I also bring stevia and teeccino/tea, sometimes homemade nut milks.

Janina July 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm

One item that is a MUST HAVE on trips is a bag of Frontera Sea Salt and Lime Tortilla Chips. The great thing about traveling is that people always get hungry and are looking for something quick and easy – these are a great snack to pack because everyone always asks for a handful, which means I never have to worry about eating the whole bag! ;-0

Lauren G July 18, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Almonds! And my water bottle, i always seem to get hungry and nuts can really tide you over

Maren July 18, 2011 at 9:09 pm

hey, those things don’t take up too much room, right?! I never leave home without some tea and my huge pillows! My back hates when I sleep in other beds, so I’m sure to bring my pillows, so I feel a little at home!!

Great giveaway! I’ve been wanting to win some of the liquid stevia for a long time!! I can never find it in any stores!

Brooke B. July 18, 2011 at 9:06 pm

There are a few items I always bring along but one item I always pack but only occasionally use are my favorite tea bags (I usually can’t find my favorite at hotels and restaurants). Growing up, my mom always had a few of her favorite tea bags with her. I find that a cup of my favorite tea helps me relax. So, when travel plans are not going smoothly, a cup of tea can make things better.

Kristen, Sweetly July 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm

My always-along item is my journal. The ridiculous thing is, when I’m traveling somewhere, I’m usually really in the moment & having a great time… I don’t think I’ve ever actually written in it while away. It always waits until I get back home.

Since going vegetarian a couple of years ago, I always make sure I pack some sort of protein-heavy snack… almonds, homemade protein cookies, oatmeal bars, etc.

Suzanne July 18, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I’m with you on the vanilla stevia and the oatbran! In addition to those I also always bring a carton of unsweetened almond milk and a baggie of protein powder!

melissa July 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I too NEVER leave home without my NuNaturals Vanilla Drops. They have fooled me ALL over the world…many…many times! I need to replenish my stock:)

Kathy July 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm

The one item I always pack would be my sneakers… though it doesn’t always happen, I love to pack my sneakers so that I can go for a walk or run no matter where I am!

Jennifer July 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm

The one item I always pack when going on vacation is protein bars.

Laurie July 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I NEVER leave home w/out my best friend – my camera : )

Kayla July 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I’m always sure to bring along sunscreen, a sweater and a good book I know I’ll like. With these things, you can pretty much go anywhere! A bag of oats are always a good addition to my bag as well πŸ˜‰

Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple July 18, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I never leave without my tea bags and my stevia! Have to have my caffeine…

Liz July 18, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I don’t travel much, sadly. But I always make sure to bring my phone charger!

Alyson July 18, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I always seem to pack almonds. I stash them in all of my bags so I always have a snack handy!

deb July 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm

my running shoes, stevia and peanut butter packets are a must!

Vanessa July 18, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Always bring a bar or two of Lindt 90% dark chocolate and my vitamins.

Beth July 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Chia seeds – never leave home without em!

nicole July 18, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I always pack the kids’ “porta potty”!! It folds flat and comes with absorbent bags. It is a LIFESAVER.

HEAB July 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Must remember that for next year. πŸ™‚

Brandi B July 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I never leave home without some type of clean protein bar just in case I don’t have any other options:)

Tara July 18, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I always pack qtips! I can’t stand it when my ears are wet after I shower so qtips are a must!

HEAB July 19, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I’m the same way! I used to keep my Q-tips in a Ziploc bag and then last year, finally bought a little Q-tip travel case. One of my favorite purchases!

Jenny July 18, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I never leave home without stevia and butts bees chapstick!

Nana July 18, 2011 at 8:12 pm

before it used to be two or three books, my inhaler and a sweater/scarf because I am ALWAYS cold. Now it’s two or three books, my inhaler, sweater/scarf, justin’s maple almond butter packets and raisins for impromptu delicious oatmeal bowls (saved my life when i was out of the country for my job for a month last year!)

Sue H. July 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm

My walking shoes. Must walk everywhere on vacation. So fun!

Annie July 18, 2011 at 8:07 pm

gosh that icecream looks scrumptious!… I always bring individual packets of Justin’s nut butters so if I get stuck somewhere and my blood sugar starts dropping or my energy lags – I’ve got something delicious to eat. (Just got back from Scotland and managed to have one packet still left… loooooove me a nut butter!)

Danielle July 18, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Totally not a “suck up” answer but…Stevia! I ALWAYS have packets of it in all of my purses just in case I decide to get coffee when I’m out. And when I go on vacation, I bring the whole box πŸ˜‰ Lol!

Steph - VegFortWorth July 18, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I never go on vacation without my iPad. I can read, write, play games, and surf in the internet on it!

I like your traveling dietary philosophy. That’s pretty much how I am now. I just go with the flow. As long as it’s vegan, I eat what what want and just try not to go overboard too often! πŸ™‚

Carrie July 18, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Deodorant. Tee hee.

Chelsea Cooley July 18, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I take my oat bran with me everywhere too!

Krissy July 18, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I never leave home without my iphone—without the Maps feature I would get lost!!!

Brookiej July 18, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Hmmm…it must not be underwear. Somehow, I managed to go on a 49-day road trip & not pack it! HA. Thankfully, it was a road trip that had stores & I could remedy that.

What I ALWAYS remember to take: my camera. πŸ™‚ Every girl has her priorities! I do take as much food as I can sneak in around all the essentials!

Laura (LunaChickRuns) July 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I never travel without my running shoes and peanut butter packets. πŸ™‚

Eden July 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm

I must say, I’m glad I’m not jumping through hoops for this giveaway! Nobody to like on facebook, no one to follow on twitter,…I love it!

I always bring ear plugs. For obvious reasons. I leave my porn at home though cause that can be very uncomfortable if the TSA checks…

HEAB July 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm

No hoops here. πŸ™‚
I haven’t had much time for blog reading, but I wanted to tell you that I think your new header looks beautiful. You are gorgeous!

Leanne July 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm

A stack of books – at least 3-4 of them. Because I never know what I’m going to be in the mood for, and I need to account for all my fancies!! Maybe that’s why my husband bought me a Nook for Christmas :o).

Shay July 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Wow! Thanks for the giveaway! Because I just shelled out a butt-load of dough for my new DSLR, you’d better believe I never go on trips without it!

Judy July 18, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I can’t go anywhere without Chapstick. I am such a nut about Chapstick that I have one in each bag so that I always have it when I change bags, on my nightstand, in a few jacket pockets, etc.

rachel July 18, 2011 at 7:26 pm


Candyce July 18, 2011 at 7:07 pm

When traveling, I never leave home without my wallet. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I have twice found myself without my ID before I board the plane. So I always triple-check that I have it in hand. Other than that, I make sure I have my flip-flops (even in cooler climates–I’m a CA girl at heart even though we’re in Nashville now!).

HEAB July 19, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I love my flip-flops and bust them out as soon as I can. Just can’t bear to wear them during the Nashville winter, but come April I’m either in flip-flops or barefoot! πŸ™‚

Candyce July 19, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Oh, I know what you mean! Especially this past winter. I consoled myself by wearing my flip-flops indoors πŸ™‚ I’m enjoying wearing them this summer, but I’ll never get used to this humidity. But warmth is good.

Tracey July 18, 2011 at 7:07 pm

My fan…must have white noise!

Erin July 18, 2011 at 6:54 pm

My diffuser b/c my curls get frizzy with a regular hair dryer !

Whitney July 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Hope you all have a fun and relaxing trip!

I always take my running shoes when I travel. Last Christmas we drove an extra hour to come back and get them when I forgot!

Food wise, I always take apples, bananas, and a small packet of PB or AB.

HEAB July 19, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Ha, CD would have told me I’d have to run barefoot. πŸ˜‰

abbie July 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I never leave home without my ipod and more recently… coconut milk creamer for my coffee, so good!!

Brandy @ Food Finagling July 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm

I cannot travel anywhere without my coconut almond Kind bars and my flat iron. Nothing like smooth hair and healthy snacks.

Emily @ Comfortable Home Life July 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I never leave without my camera. Gotta preserve the memories!

Chris July 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Food wise – I never leave without a few bars in case i can’t find something i want to eat or a package of mentos, which in our family protects us and leads to safe travels (don’t ask, it’s just a weird family thing!)

Non-food – I always need a book and ear plugs!

Sara July 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I always bring larabars with me. Not because they’re hard to get but I find that I forget to eat a lot on vacation since it’s so unstructured so that way I always have an easy, healthy snack.

Cassie Daughtrey July 18, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Coconut Milk. So Delicious coconut milk. Or at least some coconut milk creamer. Depending on where we’re going, I never want to be somewhere I can’t go get some. So it comes with me!

Sarah July 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Lately I’ve been packing swim goggles and a frisbee. Those are the signs of a good trip.

Heather July 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm

in terms of food i always have a protein/granola bar stashed somewhere – no matter where i go! for trips i always bring my running shoes =)

McIntosh July 18, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Hmmm…I usually pack my net book and enough for one small meal just in case I’m too exhausted or hungry to go shopping as soon as we get there. Enough to tide me over so I don’t eat my arm or snap at everyone within 2 feet of me (:

I have never tried Stevia drops or the flavored kind. Very curious!

Krystina (Organically Me) July 18, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I always travel with nuts and protein/nutrition bar.

eileen July 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm

My probiotics! Need those when eating all the vacation food my body isn’t used to. Have a great trip!!

tea-bag July 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm

i ALWAYS remember bags of beef jerky. it’s perfect protein on the go! i SHOULD always remember my toothbrush, but honestly, i’ve forgotten it more than i’ve remembered it! πŸ™‚

Laura July 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I travel a lot, and I always, always pack a ziploc bag full of almonds. I’m one of those people who’s hungry the second I wake up. This way, I can snag a few out of the bag, and hold off on being grumpy + hungry while I sip my coffee waiting for the rest of my travel companions to wake up. Also great for snacking in between meals so I don’t have to spend any extra moolah.

Mimi (Gingersnaps) July 18, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I always pack a book, my ipod, my laptop, and usually a Perfect Foods bar. That way, I am invincible!

But yeah, that vanilla stevia is CRACK in a bottle.

Kalyn July 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I really like this giveaway, and I like this question also. Everyone’s responses have been interesting! I always bring a bunch of bananas (because I am a serious addict– like three or four a day) and a variety of snack bars- Clif’s MoJo bars, Larabars, and Simply bars, usually.

Michelle {lively kitchen} July 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm

For me, I always travel with my iPod, some of my favorite teas (you can always find hot water, but you can’t always find good tea) and a couple of bars in case of hunger emergency.

For the kids, I always bring their lovies, sanitizer wipes, some raisins and pistachios and the iPod touch with at least one new game/app. Priceless!

Brittany July 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Let’s say I have ‘metamorphisized’ over the years from what I refuse to leave behind when leaving my home base. As a kiddo, I had to have my pillow. As a tween, I had to have my walkman (to block out the sound of that annoying little brother). As a teen it was my running shoes. As a college gal it was an array of earrings and necklaces to work with the numerous possible ensembles. As a Mom, I have to have my essential oils, coconut oil and I refuse to leave home without the notion of a little bit of frivolty and relaxation.

Elizabeth July 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I never travel without something to read, a bag of almonds, and some sort of bar (luna, lara, whatnot). I LOVE the idea of bringing stevia with me though, I was thinking about getting some to leave at work πŸ™‚

Mo July 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I never travel without gum and snacks, and of course with a 20 month old – a stroller!

Susie July 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I always bring quite the extensive stash of food with me when I travel–leftovers for the flight, assorted larabars, nuts, and fruit for snacks, oats and flax for breakfast, and the like all accompany me (as does my magic bullet on occasion–I can’t live without the occasional or daily smoothie!).

Beth (Well I'll Be) July 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I always travel with at least one apple and a jar of almond butter. Apples hold up really well with being tossed around in my purse, and I hate being caught hungry without a snack. I hope yall are having a blast!

Amelia July 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I feel you on toting around all of that baby gear! I feel like we are moving the entire house when we travel anywhere with our 8 month old, so I am definitely trying to find ways to simplify my packing, as well. A couple of things that I still don’t leave the house without are snacks (Larabars, raw nuts and raisins, fruit) and a bottle of water. It’s inevitable that whenever I forget either of these, I – or my husband – am thirsty and hungry and, therefore, grouchy. Now that we have entered the world of solids, I am also toting food for our little guy. I find that I am more flexible when it comes to compromising my meals but find it harder to say “oh well, a little [whatever] won’t hurt” for him.

Ana July 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm

One thing I never leave without: Almond Butter!!
I brought 2 jars of creamy almond butter from TJ’s to last my 4 week trip here in Brazil!!

Laura July 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I never leave home without a sleep mask! It looks silly but makes a world of difference on car trips and plane rides.

Fallon July 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Enjoy your vacation! That ice cream looks fantastic. You also know once you get back home you will fall right back into your routine. I wish I could get a lick of that ice cream cone!!

When I travel I ALWAYS bring bread, banana and peanut butter. It’s an easy morning breakfast, instead of spending money out on something greasy and I can always use it as an afternoon snack.

Molly B July 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I may be about to turn 27, but I always take the teddy bear I have had since birth. Love that thing!

Rachel July 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I always pack my iPod. Perfect for gym, walk, run, or just zoning out when traveling. I have to have my music!

Amy July 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I never travel without my flat iron…which is always a pain because I have to let it cool down before I pack it away πŸ™‚

Would love to try the vanilla Stevia…I just brewed a pot of iced coffee for the week!

Katie July 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I alwyas bring nutritional yeast. Because if I can’t find anything to eat, I can always nuke some veggies and chicken and douse it in nutritional yeast for dinner.

Erin July 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm

my yoga mat: not only is it necessary for practice, but it also doubles as a great sleeping place just in case

Kat July 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I always bring my flat iron – having hair that looks decent always puts me in a good mood!

Charlotte July 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm

This post made me so so happy! I love hearing about how you have gotten more flexible with your food on vacation. I know how hard it can be to loosen up some of these food rules and it’s so nice to read about you enjoying yourself!

Raychel July 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I never leave on a trip without my bkfast stash of rolled oats, cinnamon, stevia (Nu Naturals, of course!), chia seeds, and some type of nut butter. I figure if I can get through bkfast on my own, I can figure out the rest of the day as it comes!

erika bryant July 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I always, always bring a 24 pack of spring water. I can’t stand paying 2 to 4 dollars for a bottle of water. It just drives me crazy and I always make goody bags for all 6 of us. Yes, that would be my two teenagers and 2 little ones plus my husband and I. I always put sweet and salty things together. Especially chocolate almond m&ms. Those somehow get eaten first:) Oh and I also put everyone’s name on them. They get so excited when I do stuff like that. It makes you feel like a kid again yourself.

laura July 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm

a pair of sneakers, a good book, and fresh water

Shannon July 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I often pack stevia and maybe some nuts or cheese for protein to keep my blood sugar stable.

Natalya July 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I travel a lot and always bring my Camelbak BPA-free water bottle. Its amazing how little water most people drink, so I’m usually dying of thirst and grumpy if I don’t come prepared!

That, and TJ’s Just a Handful of Nuts, or nuts and cranberries. I get cranky without snacks too.

LOL I feel like I just described a 6 yr old πŸ™‚

Kathryn July 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I always have to have some reading material! Even though reading in moving objects makes my stomach hurt. I can’t be without words πŸ˜›

Colleen July 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Oh my god, I thought I was the only one! My magic bullet blender and protein powder go with me on all my trips, and I’ll usually take some gnu bars and almond milk.

lena July 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm

My eyelash curler! I have at least 5 scattered in bathroom drawers, bottom of purses and one in the door of my car. You never know when you’ll need it!

jennifer (take the day off) July 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I never leave for a trip without a stack great magazines. And a few snacks just in case…

Minerva July 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I’m headed out of town thursday to a location with few breakfast options. I’ve already planned out my individual portioned containers of oats and dry ingredients (chia, maca, cinamon, protein powder etc). So I can wake up in the morning and just splash with milk for instant breakfast.

Baking N Books July 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Oh HEAB, your just a gem. A real gem.

EXACTLY. It’s about living life! Because the world doesn’t just revolve around food and perfectionism – really, it’s not about the food as much – it’s the “control” issue. Being able to let go and let free is beautiful.

I’m reading a book right now – actually one of the main characters (Jen) reminds me of you. It’s called “The Lost Girls” about 3 girls in their late-twenties who take a year off work and life and travel the world!!! I’m insanely jealous….;)

BUT – when they’re hiking the Inca Trail, they eat Snickers bars – and when they’re partying in Brazil they eat to re-fuel from dancing πŸ™‚ – it’s all about the balance.

Adriane July 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I always pack my ipod, book, and camera! They keep me entertained during long rides like nothing else can!

Emily July 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Earplugs! I cannot sleep with any noise and I inevitably am always placed near loud balconies or the elevator in hotels!

Adrielle July 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm

My kindle! It has really lightened my load, because I hate to run out of reading material and would over-pack books every time.

Rachel (tea and chocolate) July 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm

My iPod, a book and bars always end up in my bag when traveling. Something to listen to, something to read and something to eat. πŸ™‚

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm

“These days, the car seat, stroller, Pac-N-Play, etc. now have priority over my favorite kitchen appliances, which has really been good for me. “–

Amen girl!

And I love that you are real ice cream, real pizza crust and real pizza. I have come full circle on these types of things too.

That said when we went to Aruba this past time, and every time, and to Mexico City, there is one thing I always pack:
My vanilla NuNaturals stevia drops. And I have the pics of the stevia in my suitcase on my blog to prove it.
Not kidding!!!!

Great minds think alike πŸ™‚ Don’t leave home with vanilla drops!!!!!!

Jennie July 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I always pack vitamins!

Katie July 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Isn’t it funny how becoming a mama makes your priorities shift? I used to never go a day without exercise, but now I just squeeze it in when the little one is napping or lovin’ on her daddy. And I’m so okay with it. πŸ™‚

I don’t need any nunaturals (just got a big box from them!) but I had to comment anyway. Enjoy your ice cream and pizza!

HEAB July 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Ah yes, the “10-minute workout when you can”. I do those often and am so much more relaxed about exercising. Makes it a lot more fun and enjoyable as well.

Cat July 18, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I never leave home without a jar of almond butter…and for a larger item, my sleep machine. Its so much easier to sleep through hotel sounds/etc. with the white noise blaring!

Kheira Westphal July 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I never travel without my camera! I’m the annoying person taking pictures every place we stop!

Suzanne July 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I always take some fresh fruit – usually apples. And chocolate! πŸ™‚

Laura July 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I always try to bring a protein snack. Like turkey or beef jerkey. It’s in a flat package too, so it packs well πŸ™‚

Cate July 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I can’t go on a trip without Justin’s peanut and almond butter packets!

Tess July 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Your vaca sounds fabulous!!!yummy!!!and relaxing!!! Summer will always have so much stuff to bring…. it is truely a joy of parents to relinquish what we thought we never would for our wonderful children. So now my only have to haves are my tennis shoes….so I can keep up with the fam πŸ™‚ we usually have active vacations! I would have to say I would definently stash some NuNatural liquid stevia in my pocket! Enjoy yourselves!

HealthBee July 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Hi Heather,

I always bring along some roasted almonds. Great snack, esp. flying.

Maria (Maria Makes Muffins) July 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I always pack protein powder when we go on vacation. It’s so difficult to find clean, unsweetened protein powder. I love how easy it is to mix in milk with a spoon and have an easy snack or meal.

Katie July 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm

My water bottle!!! I can fill up anywhere and it’s so much cheaper and more environmentally friendly than buying bottles of water everywhere!

Tangy July 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Lip balm! Either carmex or softlips. I feel like I’m always applying it while traveling and while on vacation! And I agree about the food–sometimes it is nice to eat things you don’t normally eat πŸ™‚

Ariel July 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Hey Heather,

I never leave home without my running shoes…cuz you never know when/where you might be able to fit in a good run πŸ™‚

Joslin July 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I can’t live witout my ipod on roadtrips, that and some pink lady apples.

Irina July 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Easy- LaraBars! I ALWAYS carry at least one in my purse at all times in case of hunger. Obsessed since freshman year of college (4 years!)

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I hear ya, the things that get packed for you become less and less! I never leave home with an apple (or more) and oatmeal. I have an addiction and I’m well aware of it! Now, I need socca pizza thank you very much!

Emily July 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I love stevia, but I’ve never tried NuNaturals, I would love to! I would like to say I’d never leave home without my phone charger, but I have forgotten it on my last 3 trips.
I never ever leave home without a little baggie of cinnamon, I can always find oatmeal, but I cannot eat it without some cinnamon mixed in!

Katherine July 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I need to learn to go with the flow on travel!

Meg July 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm

The timing of this post is perfect because I am actually leaving for a cruise on Saturday and have been trying to make a list of all the stuff I want to bring. In the past whenever I traveled I always brought oats, protein powder, and my favorite tea. I had protein oatmeal everyday for breakfast for many years and couldn’t imagine going a day without it. Now my breakfast choices change everyday and I don’t feel as attached to my oats so I probably won’t bring them. I’m thinking I will bring snack bars (luna, lara, and clif), peanut butter pretzels, and stevia. I love stevia – especially the sweetleaf english toffee! I haven’t had the opportunity to try NuNaturals yet but I would definitely like to!

Kelly July 18, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Necessities: Oatmeal, oat bran, chia seeds, Larabars, ipod :o)

Yvette July 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I never leave home without my color nook, pink water bottle and raw almonds. πŸ™‚

Amber July 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I take my KAL stivia powder with me EVERYWHERE I go.

lindsay July 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Ah, well said. Go with the flow. I never leave home with out my NuNaturals, GF oats, or packets of nut butter.

I must try michigans dairy sometime!

kathleen July 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm

A protein bar for my husband. Seriously, he gets cranky if he goes for long periods of time without food which makes my life hard hence the protein bar πŸ™‚

Lauren July 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I try not to go anywhere overnight without my contact solution and glasses. But I have forgotten in the past and it make for a very dry-eyed next day.

Sarah July 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I always bring a zip-loc bag with snacks for late night arrivals or the plane and long runs. It usually includes single serve nuts, Kashi bars, mini lara bars, and GU.

Hillary July 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I cannot travel without my blow dryer! No hotel dryer compares.

Roz July 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Hi Heather, love that you go with the flow while you are away!!! I’m in Canada, so can’t enter your giveaway, but love reading what people’s must haves when they travel are. Have a great day.

Abby July 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm

My flat iron…..I have unruly curly hair. Last July, I packed it to Europe on a vacation with my husband’s family. Even with the appropriate convertor, I wound up blowing the fuse not only in our hotel room, but also for the entire floor. As you might imagine, I proceeded to have curly hair the remainder of the trip. πŸ™‚

Merritt July 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm

What a fantastic giveaway! NuNaturals is simply the best!

When traveling, I absolutely never leave home without my running shoes (amongst all the other necessities that we can’t leave without, but could buy on vacation if we needed to). There is nothing like the most perfect form-fitting pair of running shoes. <3

Deadra July 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I’m fully in the pack light camp. We travel a lot and with wrangling children, I want less less less! I can’t leave home without my kindle and ipad. (since I read books on both, the ipad amuses the children and the kindle can read to me while we drive.)

Annie July 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I never leave home without a book. I’m not quite cool enough to have a Kindle or Ipad yet… So I just take a physical, old-fashioned book.

nadia July 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I would love love love to try NuNaturals products! so, the things I can not leave home without = ipod + tweezers! hah.a And apples are my favorite to pack food wise πŸ™‚ I try really hard to be minimal these days…

HEAB July 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm

You know I never go anywhere without my Tweezermans!

Stevi July 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I never leave home without my beautiful Canon 50D camera, a crossword puzzle book and packets of Justin’s Cinnamon Peanutbutter!

Alex @ Spoonful of Sugar Free July 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Life’s short, so why not indulge in a few local treats?

But anyway, the one thing I always bring with me is…well…I bring a lot of things for the trip and stuff, even though I know I can buy it all at a local grocery store. Oh well…I guess lately I have been making a bunch of protein cookies every where I go. Tasty, peanut-butter chocolaty and, of course, high in protein!

carolyn b July 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Depends on the trip – but our family loves the ipod!

Monique July 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm

That’s a tough one, it feels like there are a million things I can’t leave home without (might as well pack my house in a suitcase πŸ˜€ ) Aside from that, it would probably be my sketchbook and a pencil.

Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy July 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I love NuNaturals Stevia and I’m almost out, so this is a great giveaway! πŸ˜‰

There are a few things I always have to pack when I travel but my mineral makeup and something good to read are always at the top of the list. I’ve been VERY tempted to pack nut butter before, but I only do that if we’re driving since I don’t want to check my bag for nut butter when we’re flying!

Amy Tolbert July 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I never leave home without my kindle either. I take it with me everywhere I go.

Kerry July 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I always bring my kindle, and some healthy snacks like tail mix, dried fruit, or homemade granola bars.

Neena July 18, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I cannot leave home without 17 different kinds of lip balm (at least). It’s ridiculous and my awesome hubby just rolls his eyes at me. I literally have a lip product in every pocket, nook and crevice when we travel anywhere! LOL

HEAB July 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I have a lip balm addiction as well. Love My Lip Stuff. The Shamrock flavor is my favorite!

Socal Rachel July 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I always pack by sunglasses. Actually I never leave home without them. I’ve really starting to learn the value in packing light.

Erica July 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm

oh my gosh- I can only imagine all the gear you must bring when you travel with a peanut! We might need a bigger car πŸ˜‰ Oat bran is hard to find! And the ice cream looks amazing! When I travel by car, I always pack a cooler full of food. I am not a fast food fan at all and like having fruit, sandwiches, nuts, homemade bars etc!

HEAB July 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm

We fit everything into our Jeep Cherokee with a cargo box on top. Me, CD, a baby, and 2 dogs. I told CD if we have another, then we’ll need a bigger car but for now, the Jeep works. πŸ™‚

dragonflyrunner July 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I never leave home without a snack – a bar, some granola, trailmix, something so that I don’t have to resort to convenience food…. I would LOVE to try nu-naturals πŸ™‚

Rayna July 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm

( when not injured) I always packed my running shoes and a good book! But always a stash of bars or trail mix, or almonds!!!! Just gotta have something healthy in my purse just in case!!

Nicole July 18, 2011 at 1:49 pm

It’s not food-related, but one item I never leave home without is my Clarisonic! πŸ™‚

Angela July 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm

My husband has made me really anal about packing, to the point where I always make a list of everything we want to bring with us and mark it off as I pack but over the years of accidental forgotten items and having to adjust what we bring to accomidate our son we’ve learned one thing. The only item we absolutely MUST bring with us is our blanket. Each of us has our own lightweight, satiny blanket that we bring with us when we travel. Everything else is secondary, to the point that my husband now says, “As long as you bring my blanket and my c-pap (he has sleep apnea) we can buy everything else when we get there.” I can’t actually bring myself to do that (far too expensive, lol) but it’s nice to know I don’t have to stress about forgetting things.
As far as food goes, we always map out the closest Trader Joe’s before we leave the house and if there isn’t one near where we’re staying we stop on the way.

Nikki @ Resistant Nikki July 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I am the mama of a potty training toddler. So I don’t go ANYWHERE without stashes of underwear. The other day, at the grocery store, there was a pair of little princess undies jammed into my wallet. I’m also a teacher, and I have random ideas for lessons pop into my head at odd times, so I travel with a little notebook for ideas. πŸ™‚ Food-wise, I bring my favorite protein powder and trail mix. Enjoy all the delicious eats you’re having on vacation!

Maggie @ Say Yes to Salad July 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I never leave home without my plastic dropper of NuNaturals πŸ˜‰ And powder (makeup).

Sarah July 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm

The BEST travel food is Trader Joe’s unsulfured and unsweetened, “Just Mango”. It packs small and it tastes amazing!

HEAB July 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Yes, those mangoes are delicious. Also love TJ’s dried bananas and all their trail mixes!

Caitlin July 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I can’t leave without my Garmin Forerunner–and charger, of course!

Maggie July 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm

My neti pot! Having tried to McGyver them myself out of things like solo cups, straws and chewing gum I know there is no substitute for someone with allergies like me! I’m so glad you are enjoying my native Michigan. It is a remarkable state (if I do say so myself)!

HEAB July 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Trying to picture the chewing gum neti pot…but nope, can’t do it. Better to bring your own. πŸ™‚

katie @KatieDid July 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I used to be the same, always had trail mix, pb, and packets of oatmeal ‘in case’, but life is much better without stressing over these things. Nowadays I can snack on jerky or a yogurt from a rest stop and not care. Spontaneity at its finest πŸ˜‰ But I will always bring my camera, my way to help make the memories last longer.

Brooke @ bittersweetBrooke July 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I can’t travel without my favorite baking book. It’s all torn up and spilled on but I never know when I will need or will want to whip up a recipe! And like you said when traveling some eating habits go out the window so for car rides I always have chex mix!

Haven July 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Can’t live without my hair straightener and curling iron. Also snacks for a long drive are completely necessary. A staple for me is baby carrots and sunflower seeds!

katie July 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I never leave for out of town w.out my bible and journal!! I want to make sure I am filled up every day. Also, a jar of peanut butter of course πŸ™‚

Bid July 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Would love to try that stevia..! Never have tried the drops.. I always, always, always take my tweezers.. and packets of Stevia (but i could convert to Stevia if i got that bottle.. hehe..)

I thought your coffee cup said…Bacon Bridge…

adding little bag of RP to the pile, right next to the Peppalo..

So.. i think CD’s side of the pizza looks pretty good.. what did he get?

HEAB July 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Thanks for the RP Bid. πŸ™‚
If you don’t win this, we’ll talk drops. I have some at home I can send you.

Natalia July 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm

It is a must that I bring my journal with me whenever I travel. πŸ™‚ After an adventurous day, I love jotting down my memories of the day while they’re still fresh.

Lauren July 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I ALWAYS bring my iPod! It’s absolutely necessary in case I’m bored or I exercise or for other reasons! Food wise, its usually peanut butter and stevia!

Melissa July 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I make sure I always have a few bars (esp. Luna Protein & Clif) for when snack emergencies strike- never know when I can find something veg-friendly when traveling abroad sometimes!

Heather S July 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm

The one food item I cannot travel without is homemade granola. It’s so hard to find good granola that isn’t packed with sugar or fat, or have some sort of milk product in it (I have a milk allergy). So the solution is to make a HUGE batch myself, just the way I like it, and take it with πŸ™‚

Lissa July 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Heather, are we one and the same?! I used to not leave without my food packed. I wouldn’t eat what other people made/prepared. I, too, have learned to be more flexible and you know what? Life is WAY more fun this way and, like you, with a baby, it’s complicated enough. In fact, I’m leaving Thurs. for NJ and already packed all of Maya’s stuff up … will just throw my own clothes in the suitcase Wed. night. My, things have changed!

Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover! July 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I always travel with a notebook, waterbottle, and something to munch on – usually nuts or trail mix πŸ™‚

MarathonVal July 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm

My iPhone… itΒ΄s been hard being in Europe (ok, not THAT hard!) because I havenΒ΄t been able to be on it on the internet all day long… but I still used it constantly to take pictures.

Oddest thing I packed on this current trip (IΒ΄m in Spain now) – nutritional yeast in my purse to add to salads, the oil to dip bread in, etc!

Anisha July 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm

A book. I’m miserable without good reading material when I travel!

Kellie July 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I always take my pillow. I don’t like the idea of sleeping on another pillow so as inconvenient as it may be to pack, it comes with me.

Kim @ girlevolving July 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I always travel with snacks! You never know if you’ll be some place where the food isn’t great or there isn’t a meal you thought there would be.

Victoria (District Chocoholic) July 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I hope you are enjoying what was my home state for 3 years! So nice in the summer.

I always travel with dark chocolate – seriously.

HEAB July 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I am. We love it here, and just so you know, CD always packs dark chocolate. Lindt 85% to be exact. πŸ™‚

Erin H July 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm

That pizza looks amazing!!!

I’ve always wanted to try NuNaterals-what a great give-away!

I never leave home without a stash of bars….lara, luna, cliff…whatever. I always have a stash for snacks on the go! I figure I can always find a meal on vacation, but healthly snacks are sometimes hard to come by πŸ™‚ Happy vacation to you 3!!

Lisa July 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I always bring my ipod when I travel.

Mandy A July 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm

For me, I never leave home without without my diffuser… you don’t want this curly head of hair dryed without it πŸ™‚

Sarah July 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I always bring my hair dryer. Most places we travel to have hair dryers already, but I don’t trust them πŸ™‚

Stephanie July 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I pack a lot of food items. It is hard to find dairy free and gluten free items a lot of the time so why make my life more difficult once I finally get to where the fun should be!

Alex July 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm

My eyebrow pencil, strangely enough. I’m terrified of being caught without it!

Jessica July 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Ohhh Moomers!! I am so very jealous of you, Heather, you are in one of my most favorite places!

Mary July 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I like to bring along my iPod touch. I can play games or read books, and surf the internet if there’s free wireless.

Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood July 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm

In the past, it was always my iPod and a book… or two… or three. πŸ˜‰ Nowadays, it’s a bunch of stevia packets, both regular and vanilla flavored, and a half-finished jar of peanut butter. That way, I’ll know that when I finish that jar of butter, there’ll be more for me to choose from upon arriving home. πŸ˜€

marie July 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I always bring a tote bag of books and magazines on vacation with me, but I usually “set them free” once I’m done with them, so the bag is significantly lighter when I return than it was when I set out.

jackie r July 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm

i have had some of the same realizations heather! i used to pack tons and tons of oats, apples and cinnamon and starbucks via packets. i still keep the via packets handy – especially if i’m staying with a friend or family member who doesn’t drink coffee but other than that i’ve learned to adapt! bring on the eggs and veggie scrambles πŸ™‚ guests like to please and i always felt awkward whipping out my oats while they offered to make eggs and potatoes or pancakes and bacon for breakfast. the eggs (with salsa!!) are always a good compromise πŸ™‚

Rosie July 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I always bring my journal everywhere!

Holly @ The Runny Egg July 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm

The one item I always pack: my glasses. I cannot see without them! There is nothing else I need that I wouldn’t be able to buy if I needed to.

HEAB July 18, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I get it. I’m blind too but usually wear contacts. Freak out if I forget to pack my glasses b/c I love taking out my contacts a few hours before going to bed.

Brandi @ The Vitamin Bee July 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I never travel without my kindle! I’m ridiculously attached to it.

HEAB July 18, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Oh my gosh, so is CD. He treats his Kindle like its his baby. He loves that thing!

lauren July 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I always pack my running shoes.

Emilia @ Namaste Gurl July 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Oh HEAB, I can totally relate when bringing favorite foods when traveling. I guess I wasn’t too flexible this trip as I devoted a whole suit case just to my special foods. I guess I just feel safer to know I have them safe and sound with me, however I totally could’ve found them all on the island. And yes, I was totally thinking about packing up my Vita– I miss it πŸ™‚

Really though, the memories made when on vacation are *so* much better than worrying over bringing health food and being perfect. True dat. πŸ™‚

Liz July 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I never travel without my Kindle – access to lots of good books is essential, especially when there are travel delays!

HEAB July 18, 2011 at 1:24 pm

CD too. He loves his Kindle!

Lauren July 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Never leave without a good book to read!

Amy July 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm

One item that I can’t live without on road trips is my Sonic Toothbrush, I am never without it!

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