If you were ever a scout or girl guide you will know the motto “be prepared”. When living a ketogenic lifestyle, you will need to channel your inner scout as being prepared is the key for travelling on keto. Here are some of the things we like to do before we travel which help make our trip easier.
Travelling on Keto – Preparing before you go
Whenever you travel it always pays to be prepared before you leave. This is even more important when travelling on keto. Things you need to consider before you go when travelling on keto include:
- Food to take
- Research – restaurants, supermarkets and farmers markets
Airbnb or self-contained units are an excellent way to travel when keto, as having your own kitchen allows you to easily store some of your own food and do some food preparation yourself.
When choosing our accommodation, we try to find somewhere that is within walking distance to a supermarket and has a decent sized fridge to hold plenty of drinks and some food. Airbnb makes finding accommodation so much easier now, you can usually ask the host plenty of questions to make sure the place will meet your needs. Something that isn’t as easy with hotels.
Things to look out for when booking self-contained accommodation are what the kitchen consists of. Some places may call a toaster and microwave a kitchenette. This isn’t super helpful for us.
We would usually try to make sure there is at least a stove top to cook some eggs, a decent sized fridge and definitely a kettle for our cups of tea. Also, be aware that kettles are not a staple in kitchens in some countries like they are in Australia and the UK.
Some hotels offer studio style rooms that include a kitchenette which can be a good option also. Again, just make sure you are aware of the kitchen amenities available so you don’t purchase something that needs to be heated in the oven if there is not one.
Hotel fridges can be tricky to navigate at times, with minibars that don’t allow you to remove the items. We have asked before for the hotel to remove all the minibar items, which can be helpful so you are not staring at a tube of Pringles for a week. Also, you can then store your own items in the fridge.
There may be breakfast included with your stay in a hotel, so it is good to enquire in advance what this includes. Some continental style breakfasts, particularly in the US, are very carb heavy.
When travelling we tend to not cook full meals at the accommodation as we enjoy experiencing the local food. We do like to stock up on staples like cheese, deli meats, nuts and drinks from the local supermarket.
Depending on the type of trip and how long we are staying we may cook eggs for breakfast, which is a quick and easy option. Checking out supermarkets and finding keto options in other countries has become a fun and interesting thing to do, as you never know what you might find.