Eating gluten-free is pretty straight-forward in the comfort of your own kitchen. But what happens when you’re on the other side of the country or world? Don’t panic. There are a few things you can do to prepare yourself for traveling with Celiac Disease:
- Plan Ahead. I cannot stress this enough. When I travel, whether it is short distance or long, I always reserve space in my luggage to bring something for every meal as well as a few snacks for in between. It might seem like a hassle, but it takes a lot of the burden off of your shoulders and helps bring stress levels down. It’s good to know, that no matter what, you have something with you.
- Check out the route. For road trips, look for what restaurants are in your path or what hotels offer gluten-free accommodations. You’d be surprised; I’ve experienced amazing gluten-free meals at hotels. Don’t be afraid to even call ahead to restaurants or hotels on your route.
- Utilize your connections. Chances are, someone in your social media network is gluten-free and has traveled to where you’re going. If you’re like me, you follow lots of gluten-free bloggers and accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Reach out to them! There’s nothing more reliable than someone else’s own personal experience.
If you are traveling outside of the U.S., check out a few travel sites that might offer gluten-free help. For example, ellenmorsetravel.com offers gluten-free itineraries for several different countries. Developers are also creating apps that can help you order food in another language.
It is so important to be prepared before traveling GF, but it is definitely a ‘learn as you go’ process.