I don’t know about you but traveling as a celiac stresses me out! I always overpack but I would rather have too much as opposed to not enough. I like to make sure I have plenty of food to eat in the event I can’t find a safe meal.
A few times a year, I have to travel for work so I’m limited in how much free time I have or I’m limited in the ability to dine wherever I choose. Or there are parties or dinner events I can’t eat at, so I wanted to share a few things I do to make my life easier.
Failing to plan is planning to fail…especially when you’re a celiac!
I plan every meal, including snacks, for each day. This helps me determine how much to bring – even though I said I overpack. Ha!
For dinners, it’s nice to have something warm to eat so for my last work trip I did some baked chicken, steamed veggies and a baked sweet potato. I put each meal in a tupperware and packed it. Be sure to call ahead to your hotel and make sure they have a microwave and refrigerator. Most are willing to provide a refrigerator at a minimum.
If they don’t have or allow a microwave and they don’t have one for guests in the lobby or wherever, get yourself a HotLogic portable oven. It plugs in and heats your food for you kind of like a hot plate. I will tell you that a refrigerated meal took about 45 minutes BUT it was extremely handy considering I didn’t have access to a microwave.
I also have an RTIC cooler (20 pack) and lunchbox that I travel with. The cooler is great for transporting and keeping everything cold. The lunchbox is great for toting around my food for that day and also keeping it cold for me.
As you can see below, I was able to fit quite a bit in my cooler: GF wraps, cheese, sandwich meat, homemade muffins, 3 meals, salad, carrots, fruit, yogurt and some aloe water that I stored in the door. I can’t say enough about the RTIC brand!!
I use Find Me Gluten Free to research ahead of time safe restaurants. I love this website and app because I can read reviews and ratings about the restaurant, its menu, its protocols and whether it’s celiac-friendly.
Then I take my Nima Sensor* with me to test everything I may eat that I didn’t prepare. It’s not worth getting sick when I have the available technology to keep me safe!
AND thanks to the app, I discovered 5 Points Local in San Antonio, which is a 100% gluten-free restaurant. I went twice while I was there and it was delicious.
These are just a few of the things I do to help alleviate some stress so I know I’m safe and have safe options to eat. I don’t mind the extra work on the front-end because I have good, healthy food with me that I don’t have to worry about.
What are some ways you plan to travel? I’d love to hear them!!