Traveling and staying gluten-free does not have to be a stressful endeavor. Whether you are going on a family road trip, taking a continental vacation, or traveling abroad, staying on a gluten-free diet is quite possible with a bit of pre-trip organization and research.
- If you are taking a road-trip, be sure to pack a cooler full of healthy gluten-free snacks and beverages. Many fast food restaurants have limited gluten-free options, so if you are able to pack ahead, you will not have to worry about finding something to eat and potential cross contamination.
- Don’t expect to find gluten-free options at an airport. Pack a gluten-free meal ahead of time. http://glutenfreepassport.com/ has excellent information on gluten-free airlines and gluten-free on-flight meals.
- On longer flights that offer meal service, many airlines offer gluten-free meals as an option if you contact the airline ahead of time and request one.
- Spend some time researching if there are any gluten-free restaurants in the city you will be traveling to. Many large cities, like Los Angeles, NYC, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, etc., have an excellent gluten-free scene, and many chain restaurants are starting to carry gluten-free options. See our Dining Out page for more information.
- If you will be traveling abroad and are worried about a language barrier at restaurants, http://www.celiactravel.com/cards/ provides free, printable language restaurant cards. The level of awareness of celiac disease and gluten-intolerance will vary from country to country. Be sure to do your research before you leave so you aren’t left with any surprises.