Yesterday we flew up to New York for a quick trip to visit my in-laws and go to a wedding. It's like a mini-vacation because my in-laws happen to live on the always-stunning Fire Island.
I actually meant to post this yesterday, but was too busy enjoying this gorgeous sunset on my in-laws' deck to sit down with my iPad!
Traveling gluten free can be quite a challenge, unless you make sure you are prepared. Why stress about finding gluten-free food in the airport or on the road when you can just bring along food you know is safe? Not only that, it's a lot less expensive, especially considering what they charge at airports these days. We were traveling at lunchtime, so I packed up a sack with snacks and a light meal to take on the plane.
The gopicnic meals are great, although you do have to be careful when it comes to cross contamination - I had to give the trail mix to Hubs because it was processed on the same equipment as wheat. But the rest of it was fine. I had a mini pack of Crunchmaster crackers with a lemon-pepper tuna spread, a cup of unsweetened applesauce, and a piece of dark chocolate. It was pretty good, although the tuna spread had a little more pepper flavor than I would have liked. They're priced on the website at $4.99, but I found them on sale at my Target recently for just $3.50, so keep an eye out!
I also like to pack a bag in my suitcase with my favorite GF-friendly snacks since many come from specialty stores and aren't the easiest to find, plus it's reassuring to know that I will always be able to grab something to keep the hangries at bay.
Here's a list of my favorite easily portable gluten-free eats:
- Packets of crackers (I had a bunch of samples left over from the expo, normally I just bag them myself)
- Oats - breakfast can be one of the hardest meals to find something suitable
- Nut butter packets - for the crackers and to stir into oatmeal to up their staying power
- Bars - I brought along Rise bars, plus Envirokidz peanut-choco drizzle bars as a treat
- Almonds - quick, easy and filling
I also packed one more gopicnic meal for the trip home, as it's also scheduled during a mealtime.
Not only am I saving money, it's a lot less stressful and easier to just plan ahead and pack some food.
Do you bring your own gluten-free food along on trips? What are your favorite things to bring?