Check Out These Tips to Ensure a Stress Free Vacation While Eating Gluten Free
Spring and summer are the peek months for traveling. This is the time for us to create lasting memories with our friends and families. It is also our way of unwinding from the daily stress we encounter in life. However, if you are living with celiac disease that stress of what and where to eat is often taken with you.
Let’s face it, for someone living with celiac disease there is no break. Our diets are circulated around eating healthy gluten free meals to keep our health in check. We can’t just take off and eat whatever we want while on vacation. Otherwise, we will end up in pain, sick, and missing out on all the adventure. Who dreams of a vacation to their local restroom? No one, that is why I am presenting you will a few tips to ensure that your gluten free diet is intact without the stress over what to eat while traveling.
Before leaving on your vacation, make sure you have done some preliminary research for your destination. Call your hotel ahead of time to ensure access to kitchen appliances such as a microwave and/or refrigerator.
It is also wise to research the area of your vacation destination for designated gluten free restaurants. This is easy if you carry a smartphone, as there are downloadable apps available to do that dirty work for you.
For those traveling abroad, make sure to invest in a dining card. A dining card will outline and translate all of your gluten free needs and restrictions for the country you are visiting. These dining cards are free to print and available through a downloadable app through celiactravel.com.
Pack your own food
This step is essential for any person living with celiac disease that is stepping out of their element. Always make sure to pack your own foods for travel and emergencies. Carry non-perishable items such as nuts, popcorn, or protein bars. These items come in handy when there is nothing readily available to chow down on.
If your hotel is accommodating you with a refrigerator and/or microwave, pack some prepared meals. Pack any items that are filling and quick to heat for those nights you will not be eating out. These can be easily stored in a small cooler until you arrive at your destination.
Road trips are handy for packing your gluten free foods ahead of time. Great items to pack while undergoing those long hours on the road are gluten free breads, fruits, peanut butter, and non-perishable meals like Go Picnic lunchables (which is also great for those camping out).
Packing your own food is a great way to keep the stress out of your traveling. Just remember to prepare your meals to accommodate your destination. If you are visiting family, then you may only need to bring gluten free substitutions for the meals you will be preparing. Don’t forget to bring along disposable utensils, paper plates/bowls, and plastic wrap. This will help eliminate any worries about cross contamination while preparing your foods.
These tips will help you remain gluten free and appreciate your time away from the daily grind. There is no need for added stress over the foods we eat when the solutions are simple. Follow these tricks and enjoy your vacation the way you were meant to.