European Vegan Zine
Shop at supermarkets anywhere in Europe with confidence with this booklet, which has translations of ingredients in most European languages. It lists translations for the non-vegan ingredients that most often lurk in products, like whey, gelatin and casein. So you can scan ingredients lists with ease.
This pocket-sized book contains translations in 79 languages, explaining what vegan means. You can show it to your waiter at any restaurant anywhere in the world to request vegan word.
Is it Vegan? iOS ($4.99) Android ($4.99) Scan the barcode of any product and it will tell you if the product is vegan (works best in the US).
Lush Eco-friendly shampoos, soaps, toothpaste and more, with vegan products clearly marked (over half their products are vegan). Lots of dry products, like shampoo bars and toothpaste tabs, which are good for packing in your carry-on for a plane, so you don't have to worry about exceeding the TSA liquid limit. They now have shops around the world.
Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap
This soap can be used for laundry, as a shampoo or body wash, or even as a toothpaste! Plus, this small-sized is perfect for carry-on luggage.
Refillable, BPA-free toothpaste tubes
Pack your favourite vegan toothpaste in this eco-friendly, refillable tubes. They're small enough to fit within the TSA liquid limit for carry-ons on the plane.
Incognito Spray A great option for those in the UK, this natural, DEET-free spray will keep mosquitoes and other bugs away.
Jason’s Tea Tree deodorant Holidays in the sun can get hot and sweaty. Don't let your pits get smelly! This vegan deodorant will make sure you keep smelling fresh.
Lavanila deodorant Another great option for vegan-friendly deodorant. This grapefruit vanilla version smells great. I can vouch for that!
Fit Pit Only available in the UK, this deodorant is made in small batches and is free of chemicals. It's my favourite natural deodorant out there right now!
Vitamin A Swimwear Going on a beach holiday? These ethically-made, environmentally-friendly swimsuits are really cute! Plus Vitamin A donate part of their profits to environmental charities.
Powdered soymilk US orders UK orders If you love soymilk in your coffee, this is an easy-to-transport option for making sure you have soymilk on your trip.
Koyo instant ramen This instant ramen is easy to make with just hot water from a hotel room coffeemaker or on a plane. Great in a pinch.
I always pack a few of these or some Nakd bars to take on the plane with me (in case they forget my meal) and to take in my handbag (in case I'm hungry while I'm out exploring). The white chocolate macadamia flavour is my favourite.
Another favourite, Nakd bars are almost always in my hand luggage. They're small but filling, and I've eaten these on planes when they forgot my meals. I also love them as a quick snack if I'm hiking or just wandering around a city.
EarPlanes Do you experience discomfort in your ears when flying? EarPlanes can help; these specialized earplugs normalize pressure in your ears.
Resistance Band Kit You don't have to skip your workout just because you're on the road. Use your own body weight and resistance to work out. This resistance band kit is lightweight and fits into a small bag, so it's perfect for exercise on the road.
SteriPen An easy way to sterilize water anywhere, using this UV light.
Translated cards outlining your allergy in the local language (with or without pictures). Simply hand one to your waiter so they know what you can't eat. You can order for a number of different allergies, and you can order vegan cards too.
Doodle A scheduling app, which is surprisingly useful for vegan travel. I use it to discover which restaurants are open for specific meals, like breakfast, or particular days, e.g. Sundays. I describe my Doodle hack in The Essential Vegan Travel Guide.
Free travel guides, written Wikipedia-style (crowdsourced from users, often locals).
Hand blender (UK)
Here's a hand blender available in the UK. Hand blenders are perfect for packing because they take up little room and allow you to make things you'd make in your blender at home. Don't forget to check if the blender's voltage is compatible with your destination!
Cuisinart mini food processor Cuisinart makes great food processors, and this mini one (just $39!) is a good size for packing. It does take up more room than a hand blender, so just take it if you absolutely can't live without homemade pesto and hummus, or you're going somewhere for awhile. As with the hand blender, check the voltage of your destination and if your food processor will work there.
If you eat raw or just really love zucchini noodles, a mini spiralizer is cheap ($13.99) and very small. It will take up about the same amount of space as your wallet.
Please note, this post contains affiliate links for some products. This means that I’ll receive a small percentage of the sale, at no extra cost to you. I’ve only recommended products that I use and love or covet/wish that I had.