Has this ever happened to you? You’ve got the travel destination, documentation and the perfect outfits picked out but you’re still a total mess stressing about managing your dietary restrictions. Lose the anxiety and avoid being a total buzzkill to your travel companion(s) with these 6 useful gluten free travel tips.
- Knowledge is power. Research your destination to learn more about traditional or commonly found foods and beverages as well as dinning-out options. A good Google search can go a long way!
- Check your accommodations for refrigerator and microwave availability. If you’re using AirBnB then you will most likely have access to a kitchen, in which case I would totally travel with a loaf of gluten free bread, instant oatmeal and/or a small jar of your favorite nut butter for easy and filling breakfast and lunch options.
- Use technology to your advantage. There are a lot of really great gluten free apps out there to help you locate dedicated gluten free restaurants or eateries with gluten free options near you. Find Me GF has helped me out on many domestic trips.
- Plan ahead. Most airlines offer a gluten free meal option nowadays. If your flight is long enough to warrant a meal then be sure to select gluten free diet restriction when you complete check-in. Honestly though, even though airline food has come a long way, I still prefer to bring my own. I always opt for fresh or dried fruit, granola or a homemade sandwich. I tend to avoid salty foods and sugary drinks so I can stay hydrated and avoid that sleepy post sugar crash. Don’t forget to check T.S.A. carry-on guidelines!
- Expect the best but plan for the worst. One of the best parts of traveling is trying new and delicious foods but when you are gluten free this might not always be possible. Just in case, I always bring some non-perishable gluten free foods that don’t take up to much room and won’t be a crumbly mess at my final destination. Consider bringing an assortment of gluten free snack bars. I recommend protein based bars that will keep you satisfied even if you miss a meal. Try Go Raw, LÄRABAR or KIND bars.
- Learn the language. If you are traveling internationally it doesn’t hurt to learn how to say a few useful phrases in the language of the country you are visiting such as:
“Do you have gluten free beer?”
“Do you have a gluten free menu?”
“Does this have gluten in it?”
No matter how exciting your travel destination may be, anyone with a gluten allergy knows how those feelings of wanderlust can quickly turn to anxiety. With a new baby and house renovation projects pending, this summer will be all about the stay-cation for my little family but hopefully these tips will help you avoid unnecessary stress. What are some of your best gluten free travel tips?