Traveling with a food allergy can be a tricky puzzle to solve, especially if you have Celiac disease. Gluten is in seemingly everything, and more so when you’re on vacation or looking for a quick bite to eat. But take it from Erin Smith, blogger behind the gluten-free lifestyle website Gluten-Free Fun. You can still go on adventures and see the world without a drop of gluten getting in the way.
From snacks to hacks, Smith curated her favorite picks for gluten-free traveling. And it’s really a must-save for any gluten-free traveler. Read on for more food-friendly ways to turn your fun times, whether it’s a picnic in the park or a camping trip by the lake, into stress-free, treat-filled getaways.
1. Easy-to-pack snacks
These are my two go-to snacks on any trip: Bubba’s Fine Foods are gluten-free, grain-free, vegan, snacks in a resealable bag. It’s the perfect travel snack to meet your savory cravings. And KRAVE Beef Jerky Chili Lime. This jerky is gluten-free, has 8 grams of protein per serving, and is incredibly tasty. It’s often hard to find jerky that’s gluten-free, but KRAVE has made it possible, and accessible. Find this brand of jerky in most chain retailers across the country.
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3. Quick to eat crackers
I have to admit, Glutino’s Gluten-Free Crackers rarely make it to my carry-on bag because they are that good. These are as close to those gluten-filled Ritz crackers that you can get.
4. Freezable lunch bags
When you have Celiac disease, there are times you’re going to have to carry your own food. Freezable lunch bags are a great way to keep your food cool on the go.
5. Allergy food cards
Select Wisely food allergy cards are critical for anyone traveling abroad with celiac disease and other food allergies. This customized translation card comes in 65 different languages for a wide variety of dietary restrictions.
6. Hydrating body butter
When you have celiac, what you eat is as important as what you put on your skin. This naturally gluten-free body butter by Ellovi is silky and helps keep your skin hydrated.
7. Delicious chewy bars
Enjoy Life’s lemon blueberry poppy seed baked chewy bars are my newest obsession. They are free from the top eight allergens (so share them with a friend, almost any friend!) and are small enough to easily stash into your purse, backpack, or lunch bag.
8. Grain-free granola
Since I cannot eat gluten or oats, Wildway’s gluten- and grain-free granola is the perfect on-the-go snack. I usually will stash a bag in my carry-on bag or even take mini snack bags on a long bike ride.
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Diagnosed with Celiac disease in 1981, Erin Smith has been eating gluten-free almost her entire life. With a unique perspective of growing up in the gluten-free community, she’s passionate about sharing her experiences and expertise with others. Erin has been writing her gluten-free lifestyle website Gluten-Free Fun since 2007. Then, in 2011, from a hotel room in Prague, Czech Republic, Erin launched Gluten-Free Globetrotter, a website that encourages those with celiac disease to travel the world and not be intimidated about eating gluten-free away from home. For more than thirty years, Erin has managed to keep her travels, in over 34 states and 20 countries, 100 percent gluten-free.