How to Shop at Trader Joe’s on the Road

Trader Joe’s has a major cult following and I’m definitely one of them. I became a fan of them in college due to their cheap prices BUT it has also come in handy on the road where I can stock up on frozen foods to heat up in my hotel room. I have been known to arrive in a new city and head to Trader Joe’s right away. Here are some of my faves:


Frozen Foods

They’ve got a huge selection of frozen meals that you can easily heat up in your hotel microwave. Cult faves include their guilt free Mac and cheese and Indian food.

Trader Joe's Frozen foodsIndian Food

Trader Joe’s makes amazing Indian food. So much so that I rarely ever order Indian because I can get it cheaper at Trader Joe’s. I love their Paneer Tikka Masala for a vegetarian option but it’s all good. The Naan doesn’t have microwave instructions but I’ve made it work in a pinch if I really need it to go with my meal.

Frozen Fruit

If you’re a fan of smoothies, they have a great frozen fruit selection to throw in yours. I like the Very Cherry blend.


Trader Joe’s has an amazing cheese spread and I have been known to make a cheese & charcuterie plate for dinner. My favorite is the Unexpected Cheddar (which was just voted Favorite Cheese in TJ’s Annual Customer Choice Awards) but I don’t know that I’ve ever had a bad cheese from TJ’s.

Hard Boiled Eggs

TJ’s sells a bag of pre-hard boiled eggs. This is a great item for a grab and go breakfast.


Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Trader Joe's Peanut butter cups

These are O.M.G. delicious. I’m a sucker for peanut butter AND dark chocolate plus the upgrade on Reese’s isn’t terrible. You can either get them in the plastic containers or a smaller “snack” pack which is usually around the registers.

Dried Fruit & Nuts

Trader Joe's Dried fruit
I’m obsessed with TJ’s Dried Fruit. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also so much cheaper than you can get anywhere else. I’m obsessed with their Dried Mango – it’s only $2.99 compared to $6.99 most other places.


I have to include TJ’s Soy Chorizo just because it’s one of their most amazing products and even meat lovers have enjoyed my creations with this product. Now I’ve never used it in the microwave but am considering an experimentation. My usually go-to requires a hot plate so is best for an extended-stay style hotel.


On the Shelves

Coconut Oil
Trader Joe's Coconut oil

It’s no secret that Coconut Oil is trending (or even past trending) right now. But that’s because it’s an incredibly versatile product and therefore is a fantastic product to travel with. Not only can you use it in cooking (replacing olive oil, butter, you name it), you can also use it as a moisturizer, makeup remover, lip balm, you name it.

Trader Joe's Clarified butter

I also love to carry ghee as an alternative to coconut oil for cooking. Since it’s basically unrefrigerated butter, it tastes amazing on bread and is perfect for my go to breakfast of eggs on avocado toast.

Raw Honey

In addition to their standard Raw Honey, TJ’s carries a local raw honey which is supposed to help with allergies. For the first year of traveling, I constantly had allergies due to exposure to new plants and flowers. Local raw honey is a great product to pick up to prevent allergies.

Protein bars
Trader Joe's Protein bar selection

TJ’s has a great selection of protein bars. I love Larabars and Epic Bars for a Paleo-friendly dose of protein but they’ve also got GoMacro MacroBars (peanut butter chocolate chip is my fave). These are great to have on hand when you’re traveling.


Want to take it a step further and cook in your hotel room? Check out my hotel cooking guides here.



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