30DC – How to Travel on Paleo


Despite the fun and excitement, traveling away from home tends to be a reminder of how difficult it can be to stay Paleo on-the-go. Traveling is particularly intimidating for people who eat Paleo strictly, as it can be a real challenge to hunt down healthy, Paleo-friendly options away from the comforts and routines of home. While it may be convenient to ‘grab a quick bite out’, this may not always be an option for those of us who are trying to stick closely to our diet. We’ve designed our 30DC meal plan to utilize many dinner leftovers for lunch, which travel easily in tupperware and portable coolers with reusable ice packs. Here are some other ideas for traveling on Paleo.

Packing Paleo To-Go

I packed a styrofoam cooler of food inside this cardboard box and checked it on the plane. Here I am waiting in line waiting for my hotel room in Vegas…multitasking doing homework on my cooler of Paleo food! :)


If you’re a seasoned Paleo veteran, then you know that eating Paleo while traveling can be a challenge requiring some foresight and preparation. Whether you’re traveling to work for the day, car camping, backpacking, flying, or road-tripping across the country, it’s helpful to have a few tools on hand to make packing Paleo much easier. I’ve linked below to some of my favorite gadgets and goodies that help to make taking Paleo to-go a breeze!

For starters, it’s much easier taking Paleo to-go if you’re able to travel with a cooler. If you’re packing food and it will be more than a few hours until you eat it, you’ll benefit from having a cooler, lunch bag, or lunchbox that’s well insulated to keep your food staying fresh for hours and out of the danger zone.

My Paleo travel essentials include:

  • Kleen Kanteen stainless steel water bottle because I don’t like drinking from plastic bottles that have been sitting in my hot car all day!
  • A baggie with utensils to use during car, train and plane travel
  • A hand towel (because I’m messy) or a few paper towels
  • Eco-friendly hand sanitizer
  • Tiny jars of salt and pepper

This set-up allows me to eat Paleo quite literally anywhere, whether I’m traveling near or far!

Paleo Travel Food

Here I am at the airport eating Paleo salad that I packed with me! :)


If you’re traveling on a plane, train, or otherwise away from your cooler, then you’ll want to pack foods that travel well out of refrigeration. I’ve found these foods to make hearty and hardy traveling companions:

  • Veggie sticks – carrots, bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, etc.
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Fruit slices or whole fruit (especially harder fruits)
  • Olives
  • Deli meats (nitrate-free, ideally organic)
  • Other pre-cooked meats (like chicken strips or bacon)
  • Sliced salami (nitrate-free)
  • Wild smoked salmon or lox
  • Avocados (keep whole till ready to eat)
  • Nuts/seeds, trail mix or nut butter packets
  • Cans of tuna or sardines
  • Paleo muffins

Here are a few more resources with Paleo travel ideas:

Packing a Paleo Lunch To-Go

29 Healthy, Travel-Friendly Snacks

Traveler’s Guide to Staying Paleo

Premade Paleo Foods To-Go

Luckily as the Paleo movement grows, there are more and more companies focusing on producing Paleo-approved packaged foods that do not require refrigeration. Traveling is definitely one of those times in life when pre-made Paleo foods come in extremely handy, and thankfully there’s now a lot of healthy options available too!

Here are even more suggestions for pre-made and portable Paleo foods that are great for airplanes, car travel, or just snacking on the run.

My favorite 15 store-bought Paleo snacks (scroll to near the end of the post)

PaleoPlan Nutritionist Favorite Products

My review of PMTG (Paleo Meals to Go) – Dehydrated Paleo meals that are great for camping and backpacking!

Other Travel Resources

I whipped up a quick egg and bacon scramble on my Coleman stove before hitting the hiking trail! Pre-chopping the ingredients makes it super easy to throw together.


Here’s some additional information from the PaleoPlan blog that you may find helpful as well:

Air travel & Paleo

Backpacking Paleo

Car Camping Paleo

Do you have any healthy travel tips to share? Let us know in our 30DC Facebook group!

I love my Lunchbots bento box! Here I’ve filled it with egg salad, tuna salad, 2 types of chicken salad, jicama and apple slices, and broccoli salad…nom nom! :)

In good health,
Kinsey Jackson, MS, CNS®, CFMP®
Certified Nutrition Specialist® Clinician
Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner®

The Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists owns the certification mark Certified Nutrition Specialist® in the United States, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete the initial and ongoing certification requirements established by the BCNS.