Celiac and Travel

Travelling with Celiac can be a challenge but I am hoping that this article will help make it more enjoyable for all concerned.

If you are travelling by car, get yourself a large cooler and mark it “Gluten Free”.  Keep it strictly for gluten free foods to avoid cross contamination.

What to take:

If you are travelling for a weekend, it is no problem. Take plenty of fresh fruits and veggies such as apples, pears, plums, grapes, peaches, bananas, carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. You might also wish to take some gluten free cold cuts, GF crackers, GF bagels, GF potato salad, and other GF favourites. Don’t forget to take picnic plates, flat wear and cups.

To travel for a week or longer, it gets a little more complicated.  You will want to plan shopping trips along the way by finding stores that carry gluten free products on your route. You will also want to find restaurants and bakeries that offer gluten free choices. If you do this ahead of time, it will save you a lot of grief on the road. (A dollar store note book with this information can be kept in your glove box for quick reference.)

You will still want to take the same items mentioned above, because you might not be able to find a gluten free restaurant and with restaurants there is always the chance of cross contamination.

For travelling by plane or train, it would be wise to contact the airline or train service ahead of time to find out what food options are available.  There are some airlines that offer gluten free and allergen free options. See   http://www.projectallergy.com/dining-travel/allergy-policies/  They also have restaurant information there.

The best thing for hotels is to get a housekeeping suite so that you can prepare your own meals. (Be very cautious with this though, remember that toasters, cutting boards and some utensils can hold gluten)

The best way to get the most enjoyment out of your vacation is to plan ahead.

Here is a suggestion as to set up your little note book.

Make a table of contents in the front listing the cities you will be passing through or visiting.

For Example:

Page     Town

1           Toronto

2           Windsor

3           Detroit

On each page:

Toronto – Restaurants

                 Alta Rossa  539 Jevlan Drive     905-850-2832

Set it up they way that best suits you.

Helpful links:

www.celiactravel.com 

www.glutenfreerestaurants.com 

http://www.glutenfreeguidebook.com/

GlutenFreeChecklist.com/Restaurants 

www.celiac.ca

www.celiac.com

I hope this article has helped you and I wish you a safe, happy and gluten free vacation.

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