Thursday, September 20, 2012

Gluten-Free on the Go

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.
For those of you not familiar with it (I wasn't until I met my husband), Fire Island is a tiny barrier island off the coast of Long Island in New York.

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?


  1. For a mini vacation someone can go Gluten.In this post say something like that.Here also mention Map that so much helpfull.Fire Island is the nice place where one can easily go to refresh one's mind.
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