Alrighty fellow Gluten Free friends. I'm excited for this next post because I have a lot of tips and tricks to share with you.
As some of you know we just got back from a vacation that was Gluten-Free-frustrating to say the least! Some people had never heard of Gluten Free while others claimed to know-and then wanted to give us soy sauce with wheat in it... YIKES!
So let me share with you what I've learned (and what I wish I would have known) to make our trip a lot smoother.
Vacation Locations TIPS:
WHERE you go on vacation can either add or subtract from your frustration level. Big cities or HIGH tourist areas such as San Francisco, Anaheim (especially Disneyland), Salt Lake City, Seattle, etc. have GREAT Gluten-Free options. But the more remote you get, the less likely they are to accommodate or have even heard of the words "Gluten Free."
Bigger cities are also more likely to have CHAIN restaurants-and chain restaurants are more likely to offer great Gluten Free menus. You can view a list of great Gluten Free chain & local restaurants HERE.
Sometimes you can get lucky in remote areas. In some cases we have found Gluten-Free restaurants owned by Celiacs! (In Utah: Heber City & Park City have great options.)
Check before you go:
Driving vs. Flying:
Flying can be limiting, especially when you're dealing with weight, liquid, or bag limits.
Driving to your vacation opens A LOT of options to what food you can bring.
Pack what might be hard to find:
It's tricky but you really do need to plan ahead. If an important food ingredient is difficult to find or you only need a small amount, pack it! You'll save money and be so grateful in the long-run.
On our last trip I knew that it would be difficult (and expensive) to find gluten free quick oats. I packed a couple of cups worth in a ziplock back and had it in my carry on. I simply added it to hot water in my hotel room in the cups the hotel supplied. It worked great for breakfast with some added raisins for sweetness.
Easy Prep Meals & Snacks:
These are some SIMPLE food options (that we have recipes for on this website) that work great while on vacation:
We're open to more ideas! If you have a great Gluten Free Vacation survival ideas for us, please share!
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