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How To Travel with Green Smoothies


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Why We Blend When We Travel

We love to travel, and we do it a lot. We get questions all the time about traveling and green smoothies. Like us, we know you don’t want give up your daily green smoothie when you travel, so we are here to give you our best tips and tricks for traveling with a blender because you don’t have to give it up! It may or may not be as convenient as it is at home depending on the destination and nature of travel, but we do it anyway. We just can’t quit our green smoothies!

More than being a habit, drinking a green smoothie when you travel can help keep you on track with healthy eating. Not that we don’t love to indulge in a few less-than-healthy meals when we’re traveling – hello, New York pizza! But we also like knowing we’ve given our bodies at least one healthy dose of fruits and veggies to keep us going. It can also help you recover from jet leg by refueling and hydrating your body, and help keep your immune system in tip-top shape.

 

Two things to do before you leave

#1: INVESTIGATE WHERE YOU’LL BE STAYING

We know there are hundreds of travel destinations around the world and not every place is going to be equipped for your green smoothie needs. If you’re staying in a hotel, check to see if your room has a fridge or freezer, clean water, etc. If you’re renting a house or condo, ask the owner about things like cutting boards, knives, fridge and freezer, and if they own a quality, working blender. (Then you don’t have to pack your own!)

Check maps online to see if there are grocery stores nearby where you’ll be staying and transportation options if you don’t plan on renting a car. You may not be able to anticipate everything, but it never hurts to ask a few questions and go prepared.

 

#2: DECIDE WHAT YOU NEED TO PACK

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There are no hard and fast rules about what you have to pack, but here are some things we find helpful to pack:

 

Packing a Blender

How To Pack Your Blender

The type of blender you pack is up to you—personal blenders can be lighter and easier to bring along, but we often pack our big blenders. If you travel a lot, it may be worth investing in a personal blender. Otherwise, a full-size blender works just fine. Another option is to take an immersion blender

The TSA recommends packing blenders in checked luggage, but we have had success packing them in our carry-on bags. If you have a blender, like a Blendtec, that doesn’t have a sharp blade, you’ll probably be fine. Otherwise, it’s worth playing it safe and packing it in your checked luggage. Or remove the blade and place it in the checked luggage and keep the rest of the blender with you. (Vitamix users will need a special tool to remove the blade from the pitcher.) Either way, make sure to pack it in such a way to prevent the blender from being damaged. We like to pack all of our smoothie supplies with the blender so it’s ready to go. Tuck a dishtowel, or even a t-shirt to help pad the blender and jar.

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Try using a backpack or small suitcase because they are easy to carry or roll around—those blenders can be kinda heavy! Pack the jar or bottle inside the blender jar, using a dishtowel or t-shirt to help pad it. Fit it into the bag and pack around it so it doesn’t move around too much.

 

Tips for buying produce when you arrive

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Once you arrive at your destination, it will be time to hunt down some leafy greens and fruit!

Where do we shop for produce? The answer is simple: wherever you can find it! If you’re traveling somewhere with a Costco, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or a standard grocery store, you’ll have no problems. If you are going somewhere more remote, it can be tougher. Roadside farm stands will be your friend. Sometimes you’ll have access to cheaper local fruit than you’d find at a grocery store. Traveling to cold destinations where the growing season has ended, you’ll have to rely on what you can find in grocery stores.

Don’t be afraid to try something new —we refer back to our smoothie formula (2 cups greens, 2 cups liquid, 3 cups fruit/veggies) and then buy what’s available. Exotic ingredients can create some really interesting smoothie blends!

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Taking a road trip?

Blending smoothies ahead of time and freezing them is a fantastic option for shorter trips where a cooler can be used to transport and/or store smoothies. Simply blend a bunch of green smoothies the night before leaving and store them in the freezer. Toss the now frozen green smoothies into your cooler (best to add ice to the cooler), and you’re ready to hit the road!

Try adding lemon juice to each smoothie to help keep it fresh, or even blending in bananas—they’ll last longer and taste better.

 

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Drinking green smoothies while traveling is one of the best ways to keep fueling your body with good food—all it takes is a little bit of planning!

 

WE’RE CURIOUS…

Have any tips on how to drink green smoothies while traveling? Share your own rawkstar tips in the comments below!

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  1. louise

    December 15th, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    hi, can I bring more than 10 liters of smoothie in airplane? thanks

  2. SGS Rawkstar

    December 16th, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Hi Louise,

    That would be something you’d need to check with your individual airport. In the US, you can’t travel with liquids greater than 3.4oz. For that reason, I pack my carry on with healthy snacks like fresh fruit, nuts, and Jen’s coconut trail mix from Fresh Start 21, then pick up a green juice after going through before taking off.

    Safe travels!

  3. Niki Vogt

    January 29th, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Any ideas about how to make green smoothies while backpacking and rafting? Is it feasible to use freeze dried greens? I do have a battery operated blender, ok for boating but too heavy to backpack. Any thoughts welcome!

  4. SGS Rawkstar

    January 30th, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Hi Niki,

    We’ve actually heard a lot from our community that they bring their green smoothie’s camping. They blend their smoothies the night before, freeze them, and allow them to thaw while they’re out hiking. You could probably do the same while rafting!

    Hope this helps!

  5. Jen

    April 1st, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Hi there,

    I’m planning a 7 day trip to Disney and the prices of their grocery store is outrageous. I have a Vitamix at home, but travel with my magic bullet for short/ weekend trips. This will be my first trip with no access to a grocery store so I was planning to make “smoothie bags”, freeze them, add to a collapsible cooler with ice and check it in with my luggage. Should I blend all the ingredients ahead of time to make less room or should I blend the day of? I also don’t want to lose nutrients and afraid if I blend ahead of time that I will be losing the “green smoothie effect”. What do you suggest?

  6. SGS Rawkstar

    April 3rd, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Hi Jen,

    You can definitely blend ahead. Frozen smoothies will keep for up to two months. And yes, you may loose some of the nutrients, but don’t worry…most of them will be there! And your body + wallet will both be reaping the benefits!

    If you decide to freeze your smoothies. I’d do a quick test at home. As some people love frozen smoothies, while others would rather pass. We simply suggest thawing in the refrigerator the night before you’re ready to enjoy. And then give a quick shake in the morning! That shake is because our smoothies don’t have any yucky additives or preservatives, so separation is completely natural.

  7. Mary

    May 18th, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Jen,
    We are thinking of buying Hamilton Beach Personal Blender based on this recommendation.
    https://onebagger.com/drink-delicious-smoothies-while-traveling-with-this-portable-blender/
    Do you think it will be good fit for trips?
    Thanks
    Mary H

  8. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    May 23rd, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Hi Mary,

    Compact blenders are great for on the go! Learn more about our favorites in our Blender Guide!

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/blender-guide

  9. Rachel

    April 21st, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I froze smoothies in my deep freezer a couple days before travel. Put them in a cooler with ice while traveling to destination. I put them in a mini fridge at the hotel the night before to eat at breakfast. Still frozen solid after 8+ hours in fridge. Next, time I will put them in a cooler with no ice no give more time to thaw.

  10. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    April 25th, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Oh goodness! At least they were frozen + still good to go! You can always try placing them on the counter for a little bit to really get a good thaw before you’re ready to enjoy. But I know that doesn’t help when you have a smoothie craving and yours is frozen solid!

  11. Leah

    August 24th, 2018 at 8:16 am

    How do you go about blending on a road trip? Do you have some kind of outlet for your car or do you just try to find one at your destination?

  12. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 24th, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Usually I pack my blender with me if I can! That way I can make my own delicious smoothies once I get to my hotel or wherever I am staying at. 🙂

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