When we went on our trip to Europe I wanted to be realistic about what gluten-free foods I brought with me. I didn’t want to be in a situation where I had little to no food options, but I also didn’t want to bring my entire pantry with me, so I managed the situation by packing my favorite ‘staple’ items that did not need refrigeration.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to eat totally differently when I am traveling than I do at home, so I pack items I know will keep me full between meals and in place of meals. I also pack something sweet because that is usually the hardest thing to find when traveling and I just love sweets.
- Bread – Schar’s deli-style bread tastes great and it is ready to eat right out of the package. I also like to bring homemade muffins or biscuits
- Cereal – Glutenfreeda’s oatmeal and Chex cereal
- Chips – Brad’s Raw Foods Beet Chips
- Cookies – Enjoy Life cookie 2-packs and Pamela’s Products cookie 2-packs and microwavable brownie mix
- Crackers and Snacks – Schar snack crackers, Glutino pretzels, Mrs. May’s Cashew Crunch, Larabars (apple pie and peanut butter and jelly are my favorite), hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit, dried fruit, and nuts. Sometimes I make trail mix by combining the dried fruit and nuts with dry cereal and pretzels.
- Soup cups and meals – Dr. McDougall’s soup cups and meals are easy to make on a plane, train, or in a hotel room. St. Dalfour meals has two gluten-free meals and their Three Beans with Sweet Corn is my favorite
- Condiments – Justin’s Nut Butter, soy sauce, salt, pepper, mayonnaise, ketchup, etc.
- Make sure to also pack napkins, plastic silverware, hand sanitizer, and sealed plastic bags. The plastic bags can be used to keep opened products fresh and to take leftovers back to the hotel.
My favorite gluten-free tools to travel with are:
- Toast-It Bags – allow you to toast your gluten-free bread in any toaster/toaster oven
- Triumph Dining cards – available in multiple languages and allow you to fully communicate your dietary needs.
- Gluten Free Passport’s multi-lingual phrase translation passport
Very little of my packed foods came back with me and boy did they come in handy. Eating gluten-free when traveling in Europe was an adventure and one I would recommend.
What are your favorite products to travel with overseas?
Author Information: Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta, GA
Jennifer D. Harris, http://www.jenniferglutenfreeingeorgia.blogspot.com
Atlanta Gluten-Free Examiner
Program Chair, Atlanta Metro CeliacsTwitter@jenniferGFinGA