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Road Trip Food: Eating While Traveling on Keto Diet

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

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If you’re a frequent traveler who doesn’t want to break your diet while traveling, here is a guide on keto road trip food you can follow.  

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In this article:

  1. Eat Your Favorite, Filling Ketogenic Diet Foods Before Leaving Home
  2. Bring Along Some Low-Carb Snacks
  3. Drink Coffee
  4. Make Use of Intermittent Fasting
  5. Take Your Supplements with You

Eating Healthily with Keto Road Trip Food

Traveling Impacts a Person’s Diet

There’s no doubt about it. Traveling can really impact the way a person eats because we tend to choose convenient and easy options like what one might find at a rest stop or diner. Healthy eating while traveling can pose some willpower-related challenges for people on the ketogenic diet, especially if they don’t plan ahead. Follow these five travel tips or food ideas on how to eat healthy while on the road to keep in stride with keto when your menu options are limited.


1. Eat Your Favorite, Filling Ketogenic Diet Foods Before Leaving Home

Home is the easiest place to eat healthy and stay on track, so make sure to load up on your favorite and most filling keto-friendly meal before departing for your trip. This will help you stave off hunger for longer before lunch and dinner, thus combating the urge to snack mid-road trip or flight.


2. Bring Along Some Low-Carb Snacks

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During your travels, you might get stricken with hunger frequently regardless of how satisfying your breakfast was. You should bring along some of your favorite keto-friendly travel snacks or road trip food for such an occasion. Consider packing these items in your carry-on (if you’re flying) or a travel bag you can easily keep on-hand to enjoy eating while traveling:

  • Cheese snacks
  • Jerky or bacon strips
  • Celery sticks (perhaps with the addition of cream cheese)
  • Carrot sticks
  • Low-carb trail mix
  • Greek yogurt
  • Keto low-carb bars
  • Dark chocolate, if you can eat it sparingly
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Almonds
  • Keto-friendly sandwiches
  • Sunflower seeds

If possible, you can even bring premade trip snacks or meals with keto-friendly ingredients that align with your diet. Leftovers are great, too, and don’t forget to bring a reusable water bottle with you as well.

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3. Drink Coffee

If you’re at a rest stop or diner and can’t find any options or drinks suitable as keto road trip food, go for the classic: a cup of coffee. Black coffee is great, but you can also add heavy cream or melted almond butter to your coffee if you desire a bit more flavor. Coffee, in addition to being a great pick-me-up, is ideal for helping fight off hunger.


4. Make Use of Intermittent Fasting

If intermittent fasting is part of your diet, then try to plan your fast around your travel time or write down your meal plan and fasting schedule on a road trip planner. This will keep you on the path toward ketogenic diet success and remove the worries of food for road trips from the equation – at least for a time, depending on how long you’re going to be traveling.

Intermittent Fasting Definition: An eating pattern that involves a cycle of eating periods and fasting schedule and has different methods such as the 16/8 method and the alternate-day fasting. 


5. Take Your Supplements with You

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If you know you’re going to be away for a few days or you don’t know how long you will be gone for, it’s important you take your vitamins and other supplements with you along for the ride. Magnesium and potassium are especially important, so make sure to put those in your travel bag before you hit the road!

Traveling is stressful enough when you aren’t on a relatively rigid diet like the ketogenic diet. When you add this diet into the equation, it can feel a bit overwhelming. But, if you plan ahead of time to prioritize your low-carb road trip food, you will be able to enjoy the trip more. Travel safely and have a great time!

What other travel tips while on keto can you share with us? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Disclaimer: Our educational content is not meant or intended for medical advice or treatment.

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for quality and relevancy. 

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