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So, you’re on keto, and it’s working wonders for you. You’re dropping pounds like hot potatoes, and you’ve never felt more energized.

But now, there’s a trip on the horizon, and you’re starting to sweat. Not because you’re worried about fitting into those airplane seats – you’re way past that point. 

No, you’re wondering how on earth you’ll stick to your keto regimen while you’re on the move. Fear not, fellow keto wanderer, for I’ve been down that road, and I’m here to share some tips that might just make your travel a breeze, keto-wise.

How To Stick To A Keto Diet When You’re Traveling

Always Plan Ahead

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First off, let’s talk about planning. You wouldn’t head into a boss battle without a strategy, right?

Same goes for keeping keto on the road.

Before you even pack your bags, scout out your destination. Look for keto-friendly restaurants and grocery stores near where you’ll be staying. 

Many places now offer low-carb options, and some restaurants are even hopping on the keto bandwagon. Apps and websites are your best friends here – use them to find hidden keto gems wherever you’re headed.

The Traveler’s Snack Pack: Keto Edition

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Next up, snacks. Never underestimate the power of a well-stocked snack bag.

This is your emergency kit – the thing that stands between you and the sugary temptations of airport kiosks or gas stations. Pack some nuts, cheese sticks, jerky, or even those fancy little packets of olives. 

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, keto bars or low-carb shakes can also find a place in your snack arsenal. Just make sure to check the labels for hidden carbs, those sneaky sugars can pop up where you least expect them.

Stay Hydrated, Stay Keto

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Hydration is key, especially when you’re traveling. Sometimes, what feels like hunger is just your body screaming for water. 

So, keep a water bottle handy and sip throughout your journey.

If plain water bores you to tears, spice it up with some lemon slices or opt for sparkling water to keep things interesting. Just watch out for those flavored waters, some are packed with carbs.

The Magic of Fasting

Intermittent fasting (IF) can be a game-changer when you’re on the go. It simplifies your life by cutting down on the number of meals you need to plan for.

If you’re already doing IF, great! Keep it up. If not, traveling might be a good time to give it a shot. 

Just make sure to listen to your body – if fasting makes you feel weak or dizzy, especially when you’re out exploring, it’s not worth it. Your adventure shouldn’t be a survival challenge.

The benefits of fasting are well established in the keto community, and despite the challenges, there are few better times to give it a try than when traveling and having limited keto options available.

If anything, this can help solidify your resolve and commitment towards health and fitness.

Be That Person: Customize Your Orders

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Don’t be shy about customizing your meals when eating out. Most restaurants are more than willing to accommodate dietary restrictions these days. Swap out those fries for a side salad or ask for your burger without the bun. 

You might feel like a high-maintenance diner, but hey, it’s your health on the line. Plus, you’re not the first keto traveler to walk through their doors, and you won’t be the last.

If you still feel uncomfortable doing this, you can always tip a little extra for the hassle, most restaurants and service staff will certainly be willing to comply.

Embrace Local Delicacies – The Keto Way

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Exploring local cuisines is a big part of traveling, but it can be a minefield for keto dieters. The trick is to focus on dishes that are naturally low in carbs. Seafood, grilled meats, and salads are good bets in most places. 

Just steer clear of sauces and dressings unless you’re sure they’re keto-friendly. And remember, experiencing a culture’s food is about quality, not quantity. Savor the flavors, even if the portions are smaller than what you’re used to.

With keto and paleo being the earliest forms of diets, most cultures across the world have at least a few keto-compliant dishes.

If you are willing to give it a try and accept changes in your palate, there certainly are options to choose from, no matter what region or country you are visiting.

The Buddy System

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If you’re traveling with a friend or partner, get them in on your keto game plan. Having someone to share the journey with can make sticking to your diet a lot easier.

They can help you scout out keto-friendly spots, share keto snacks, and maybe even join you in skipping the bread basket at dinner. 

Plus, it’s always nice to have moral support when you’re passing up on that gelato in Italy or the croissants in France.

Flexibility: The Secret Ingredient

Last but not least, remember to be flexible. Travel is full of unexpected twists and turns, and sometimes, despite your best efforts, you’ll find yourself in a situation where sticking to keto is just not feasible. And that’s okay. 

Don’t beat yourself up over a slip-up or two. The important thing is to enjoy your travels and get back on track as soon as you can.

Sometimes, when a ready-made meal is hard to come by, consider using a ketogenic meal kits service, which despite being a hassle, is often better than nothing, and can help you stay in keto when traveling to new places.

In Conclusion

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So, there you have it – a roadmap to navigating your keto diet while exploring the world. It might seem daunting at first, but with a bit of preparation, creativity, and flexibility, you’ll find that sticking to keto on the go is not just possible, it’s totally doable. 

And remember, every trip is an adventure, not just in terms of what you’ll see and do, but also in how you’ll manage your keto lifestyle along the way.

So pack your bags, your snacks, and your sense of adventure – it’s time to see the world, keto-style!

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 100+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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