The holidays are fast approaching and right around the corner, and a few gluten-free tips are necessary for your travels. Visiting places, especially new places for the holidays can be pretty stressful, heck, even re-visiting old places can take a toll on you and the need for healthy food is important.
Today I will be sharing 12 tips that can make gluten-free travel easy. So whether you are hopping from bus to bus, or catching flights, down to securing boat tickets, you get to eat healthily and enjoy your holiday. So, in this article, we have arranged 12 tips that make gluten-free travel easy.
1. MAKE SURE YOU PLAN YOUR TRANSIT FOOD.
Eating healthy and wholesome food is very important. When travelling we are very near tempted to eat junk and ill-prepared food and this can cause great harm to our health. The need to plan is very important and cannot be overemphasized, so planning what food to eat that will keep you satisfied (healthy carbs, protein etc) is important. The best part is, these foods can be packaged in Tupperware containers to preserve them. You can package that kale salad, tortilla, baked potato, you name it. It can be packaged to ensure that you are filled and satisfied when you get hungry.
2. PACK A VARIETY OF SNACKS
Fruits such as bananas, apples, oranges, pears, peaches are great to travel with. Homemade muesli can also be very satisfying. Rice crackers, string cheese, popcorn and plain yoghurt are also delicious snacks to pack when travelling. You can never go wrong with snacking on popcorn.
3. ENSURE TO BOOK A GLUTEN-FREE MEAL WITH YOUR AIRLINE
It is no secret that no one likes aeroplane food, but when you are thousands of feet in the air, you have to make do with what is available, especially when you haven’t carried any snacks with you. So to prevent eating what you don’t desire, ensure to book a gluten-free meal with your airline. It is advisable to do this 48 hours prior, especially when flying internationally, and this can be done through the airline’s website. Remember, planning ahead is important.
4. YOU CAN ORDER GLUTEN-FREE TRANSLATION CARDS
If you are travelling internationally, you can communicate to your restaurant server through translation cards, in their dialect and be specific about your dietary requirements and eating habits. The best part is translation cards are also used to address food allergies and intolerances too. This will help limit and get rid of miscommunication and confusion and ensure you enjoy your meal without worry.
5. ENSURE TO SPEAK IN RESTAURANT LANGUAGE (IF YOU CAN)
You see, it is quite easy to get comfortable saying “I am gluten-free”, but phrases like this can be understood in an English speaking country but in most cases won’t work well overseas. So most times it is advisable to be specific about your eating habits or allergies. It is important to say EXACTLY what you are allergic to, what you eat or don’t eat. You stand to get a better result by being specific instead of giving a vague idea of what you like or don’t.
6. TRY TO STICK TO NATURAL GLUTEN-FREE FOODS.
Most disaster that happens when we order a meal or food is usually because people order artificial gluten-free food, for example, gluten-free pizza or gluten-free pasta. To be very honest, foods like this are prone to turn out to be disasters in the end. So it is advisable to stick to natural gluten-free foods like salads, potatoes, rotisserie chicken etc. it is equally safer and healthier, and hey, it saves you a few dollars from ordering a meal you would probably hate.
7. TRIPLE CHECK CUSTOMS RESTRICTIONS.
Honestly, this is one very important tip that shouldn’t be overlooked or taken for granted. Now, if you are travelling, no matter your mode of transportation, ensure that you have gone through restrictions regarding the entry of food in the country you intend to visit. Some countries, especially New Zealand, have strict requirements. This saves you embarrassment and the loss of your poor, dear, food.
8. ENSURE TO PACK HERBAL TEAS.
Herbal teas are nature’s medicinal gift to us. Do you need help with digestion, motion sickness or upset stomach? Make use of Ginger tea. To reduce inflammation and a weak immune system? Peppermint tea is the go-to tea. Need help to reduce anxiety and to calm yourself? Help yourself to some Chamomile tea. Make sure to pack as many tea bags as you can.
9. BOOK ACCOMMODATIONS WITH A KITCHEN
It is nice and fun to want to eat out/locally when visiting a place for the first time, but it doesn’t hurt to get accommodation with its kitchen. The plus side to it is that you get to do grocery shopping at the local market and cook a delicious meal to your preference and taste whilst enjoying its unique flavours.
10. TRAVEL MORE SLOWLY.
When travelling, take your time. The goal isn’t in how many cities you could visit within a holiday season (unless you are competing for Guinness book of records or something), but generally, take your time. Enjoy the food, the scenery, the people, and the culture. Enjoy all you need to before deciding on moving on to somewhere else, don’t rush your moments. By doing this your chances of getting gluten reduces since you are calm, relaxed and used to the local cuisines.
11. REQUEST A MICROWAVE AND/OR A MINI-FRIDGE.
It is important to have a microwave and/or a mini-fridge in your room during travels, especially for medical necessities.
12. TAKE A DEEP BREATH.
Stop with the “what if’s”, relax and enjoy yourself to the fullest. You are about to have the time of your life, enjoy it. Don’t let your mind spoil that for you and have fun.
Keep in mind that, to have a gluten-free diet while travelling, don’t be shy to tell people what you want and not, pack more snacks, relax, have fun and take your time.