There are a few things I've learnt since cutting out gluten: you will never stop missing the taste of Montreal bagels, your friends will keep asking you if fruits or vegetables are gluten-free, and the most important thing is to be prepared – especially when travelling.
Luckily, more and more restaurants are starting to accommodate various dietary restrictions. However, it is important that you are prepared with tips and tricks to make your vacation eating seamless and avoid any unwanted reaction that can ruin your trip.
Keep reading for my tips and tricks on gluten-free travel!
- Research. Research. Research. Call your hotel(s) in advance to make sure your room has a refrigerator. Look up the local restaurants to see if they have gluten-free options and Google stores that carry gf options. Read up on the local food culture and what ingredients are commonly used.
- Eat naturally gluten-free foods. Keep it simple. Order foods that have a minimal chance of cross-contamination. Stick to fruits, vegetables, fish and chicken. Bad reactions tend to be caused by eating foods that are made gluten-free, like gluten-free pizza or pasta.
- Be prepared. Pack snacks that you know are safe for you to eat. Especially in the airport, the worst thing is starving in an airport with no gluten-free food options. Pack travel friendly snacks like nuts, dried fruit, granola and protein bars. Buy fresh fruit in the airport or local grocery store to have on hand at all times.
- Bring backup. Digestion and stomach issues while travelling are inevitable. It is important that you are prepared with items that you know help ease symptoms. Pack ginger or peppermint tea for nausea and digestion issues. Make sure to bring some Pepto and Immmodium too!
Enjoy these tips and if you have any other gluten-free travel questions comment below!