Traveling, Celiac Style
With summer in full swing and vacations more common than ever, though, I thought I'd share a few of my top traveling tips that make celiac disease, transportation, and new living spaces a little easier.
|And hopefully avoid these faces!|
I could've easily saved room by placing my dinner in my checked baggage. However, traveling is unpredictable, and there is nothing worse than being stranded in an airport without celiac-safe food. When in doubt, as long as you have room, do a squirrel and hoard extra snacks.
|That guy is almost as big as my suitcase was!|
I felt a little guilty for packing so much food, but the fact is, as a celiac, it's just a part of life. In order to stay healthy, I need a plethora of safe gluten free goodies - and knowing that I wouldn't have to search grocery stores for these uncommon gluten free items as soon as I landed relieved a lot of stress. The next day, I hit my local grocery store and loaded up on fresh veggies, fruits, and fish. A celiac kitchen on wheels? It can, apparently, be done!
|Me + food = much happier!|
4. Once you are established in your vacation spot, or in the weeks prior, take advantage of the Internet and Iphone's Find Me Gluten Free app to research gluten free sources nearby. Unfortunately, Sugarland Texas isn't known for a plethora of gluten free foods. However, I did discovery an entirely gluten free bakery - which I visited for the first time last summer - that offers a variety of breads, cookies and cakes.
|A few goodies from my favorite places!|
5. Finally, be cautious and safe, but don't forget to have fun! Food always plays a big role in vacations - whether people are trying to stay on a diet during it or splurging on the local culinary culture. It's true that I miss visiting Houston and savoring brisket on Grandma's French rolls, enjoying a family trip to Sweet Tomatoes, and devouring all the treats - brownies, ice cream, chicken salad sandwiches, and multiple rounds at the Golden Corral buffet - that I never got at home.
|The whole group!|
Celiac disease is never easy, especially when flights, packing and new locations join the equation. By turning your luggage into a virtual pantry/cooler, exploring the local gluten free community and focusing on the activities and loved ones instead of the food, however, anyone can enjoy a stress-free, full-bellied vacation. Even a traveling celiac.
What are your top traveling tips? Comment below!