How to Vacation with Food Sensitives

by on August 5, 2015

How to Vacation with Food Sensitives Whenever you’re living with something like Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance it may be a little more challenging when traveling. While today I am specifically talking about gluten, the same would go for any food you may have an intolerance or allergy to. You can overcome that challenge by simply planning ahead.

You can still go on vacation and enjoy great meals and snacks without worrying about what you’re eating or dangerous cross-contamination. All you have to do is prepare yourself for travel so that you can enjoy your vacation and eat well at the same time.

You can also rent a home at your vacation destination this is often times cheaper than staying in a hotel and eating out.  It is also more comfortable, and there are many reputable companies online where you can make the arrangements.  Camping where you can cook your meals is also another good option.

If you are going to be eating out, then first, arm yourself with a list of restaurant chains in the area that you’ll be visiting so that you know which ones offer gluten-free options. You can go online (before you leave for vacation) and search “gluten free restaurant chains.”  Then check out specific locations and information on their gluten-free offerings since menus can vary from franchise to franchise. Many popular chains offer lots of great dishes that are gluten-free. Among them are:

  • Applebee’s
  • Arby’s
  • BJ’s Brewhouse
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Boston Market
  • Burger King
  • California Pizza Ktichen
  • Carrabas Italian Grill
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Chilis
  • Chipotle
  • Denny’s
  • Five Guys
  • Hooters
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • O’Charley’s
  • Olive Garden
  • On the Border
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • PF Chang’s China Bistro
  • Red Lobster
  • Red Robin
  • Subway
  • Uno Chicago Grill
  • Ted’s Montana Grill

This is only a small sample, and that’s good news! For a quick bite at a fast food spot, Wendy’s and Chick-Fil-A have gluten-free menu items. Check their websites to see where they’re located at your destination or (if you’re driving) along the way.

Also, don’t over look local restaurants you can reach out to them before you go on vacation and fit those in too. They often have delicious food and you don’t want to miss out, also they may be more willing to accommodate your special dietary needs.

Some grocery chains post wheat and gluten-free food lists. You’ll want to check out what supermarket chains are in the area you’ll be in, so that you can know where to shop when you need a few supplies for snacking or making your own meals if you won’t be dining out. We have Publix where we live and everything that is Gluten-Free has a little sticker with GF on it so it’s easy to determine without reading every label.

Another great idea is to bring along a supply of gluten-free food bars to use as an emergency. These are a lifesaver when you’re at the airport, or stuck somewhere without a snack.

Two of the most well known brands for gluten free snacks are Bumble Bars and Lara Bars. They can be purchased online or at some retailers. Ener-G Foods produces a great line of single serving gluten-free cereal packages and packets of gluten free bread (2 slices per pack).

Armed with your list of restaurants that offer great gluten-free items, your supermarket list, snack bars, cereal and bread packets, you’ll be more than ready to take a vacation and never have to give a moment’s thought worrying about what you’re ingesting.

Instead, you can sit back and enjoy yourself, bask in the sun, or ski down a powdery hill and be secure in the knowledge that you have the eating part of the vacation handled and won’t have to worry about your nutrition.

Of course we always take our Shakeology with us when we travel so we always have one meal a day taken care of.

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