Since we live in Hawaii, we don’t get the opportunity to travel very often as a family. But when we do, you can be sure I never leave home without my VitaMix. Yes, I really do use it that much, and it’s become an essential part of our everyday meals for staying healthy.
Here are some things I learned along the way for making traveling with your VitaMix a little easier.
Tips for Traveling with your VitaMix:
- It may seem obvious, but don’t forget the Lid, Cap & Tamper!
- Bring a small amount of dish soap & a towel to keep it clean on the go.
- Bring your own cups, straws, cutting board, knife & utensils. This was a lifesaver when my son won a trip to Disney World a couple years ago – we didn’t realize that it would be really inconvenient to get the supplies we needed.
- If you plan on making special meals, don’t forget to pack your recipes! Planning your grocery list before you leave is also a great idea. This way you can quickly pick up or order the things you’ll need. Off the subject, but did you know that Whole Foods has a free personal shopping service & can usually arrange delivery for a nominal fee? I’ve used this before & it was wonderful!
- If you are traveling to another country, be sure to carry a power converter with you if the power outlets are different.
- Use your clothes to cushion/pad around the VitaMix Base & Container. I pack things inside the container to use up every available inch of space (like my stevia, seasonings, supplements, etc…).
- Claim it when you check your bag, and have the airline agent mark your bag as ‘Fragile!’ This way, if you lose your bag or it gets damaged, you’ll have some recourse with the airline.
- Packing a VitaMix must trigger some alert, because TSA will almost certainly open up and inspect your checked bag. I’ve traveled through 6 airports now with a VitaMix, & every time my bag has been opened up and inspected. I don’t have anything to hide, but take this into consideration when deciding how to pack your base & container.
Can I Carry On My VitaMix While Flying?
On a recent trip to the mainland, I was trying not to check any bags because of the fees & for convenience (pipe dream, I know). Since I always check my VitaMix, I wanted to see if the airlines would let me carry it on. After what seemed like hours on hold with the airlines & TSA, and never getting the same answer twice, I finally concluded that “No, you cannot carry on your VitaMix while flying.”
However, here are a couple of suggestions & workarounds that you might be able to use:
Option # 1
Remove the blade from the container & check only the blade (you can do this with the special tool VitaMix provides). Be aware however that some TSA agents may refuse to let you carry on the motor base. I was told by TSA that each agent has the authority to refuse items at their discretion. If you attempt this, have a small duffle bag ready just in case you have to check it.
Option # 2
Ship it. If you kept the original box, then you can easily pack & ship the box. But consider the postage fees & transit times round trip. If you’re like me, I can’t go a day without my VitaMix – so plan this option carefully.
Pay the baggage fees & check it – don’t forget this means both ways. Not to mention that it will probably take up most, if not all of the space in one piece of luggage. And you’ll have to wrap it VERY carefully so it doesn’t get damaged in transit. This usually is the best option for me simply because I need it right away. My family’s special diets make it very difficult to be without one. I always pray that our luggage doesn’t get lost!
Leave it at home. *Gasp!* I know, but maybe your short-term trip is a good time to do a juice cleanse, fast, or let somebody else with a VitaMix make your meals. We’ve discovered so many wonderful juice bars, natural food co-oops & restaurants while traveling… Opening our eyes to creative options we might not have considered unless we broke out of our normal eating routine.
Hope this is helpful… If I think of anymore ideas, I’ll post them here. In the mean time, if you have any special tricks or suggestions for making traveling with your VitaMix easier, I’d love to hear them!
P.S. Even with all that baggage, we managed to have a wonderful time as a family… it was the best work/vacation trip we’ve taken in a long time! It was also the first time we’ve traveled where an extended family member didn’t die or end up in a hospital (sad but true), and none of my children got sick or threw up on Mommy. Miracles do still happen – Thank you Jesus! =)