The Gluten Free Travel
Is gluten free travel possible? Traveling and sticking to my gluten free diet used to be SUCH A PAIN. I was afraid to do it. But, the travel bug got the best of me and now I can’t stop won’t stop. My goal is to visit all 50 states before I’m 50. I’m at 26, so I’m averaging two per year. Woo Hoo!
So far, my most recently visited state – Colorado – was probably the most gluten free travel friendly place I have ever been to! They even had tons of Paleo options too. The tips are based on my style of travel, so if you have any unanswered questions about gluten free travel, just leave me a comment below or send me an email!
1. Use Google and Find Me Gluten Free, but also don’t be afraid to ask!
We visited Boulder and it was so adorable! I googled “gluten free vegan” – I’m not vegan, but that would accommodate me in terms of dairy (cow’s milk) which I don’t eat either. My Google search showed me this adorable salad place, and right there in the images was a sign that said “100% dedicated gluten free facility.” Well, gosh, that’s a celiac’s DREAM. so we started walking toward the salad place, but on the way I caught a whiff of an amazing aroma.
I stopped dead in my tracks, called ahead to Nick, who was on the sidewalk in front of me and asked him to wait – I saw a sign reading “locally sourced meats.” If you know me, you know I LOVE anything locally sourced – it just tastes better – especially meats. And it smelled WONDERFUL. Well, the sign pulled me in to the menu posted outside, with clearly labeled gluten free and dairy free options. Some things I wanted didn’t have both labets, but at this point, a salad would have been super disappointing, so we went inside.
And this (above) was the result – gluten free, dairy free, and relatively low carb. BAM! Plus, it was also a bar – during happy hour – so my gluten eating beau enjoyed a local brew and some fried pickles while I nommed on the kale chips. Which, yes, were made in a dedicated fryer. So no gluten here. Plus, the chef was really careful in the kitchen and my food was definitely safe for me to eat!
2. Fly with your food
I ALWAYS have snacks on me. If you’re traveling by plane, you CAN bring food on your carry on! It just has to be packaged. An open package is okay, but the original is less likely to get you pulled over. If it’s in a zip baggie, it may be okay, but subject to extra screening. Anything liquid or gel is allowed in three ounces or less.
I took some NingXia Red (basically the natural world’s Emergen C plus antioxidants), chia seeds, cashews, macadamia nuts, and Trader Joe’s salmon jerky. Plus – no shame – I took a shaker of Himalayan salt, one of the small ones with the label. And you better believe I had three travel tubes full of coconut oil!
On the flight home, I scooped up a Paleo “punkin chunk” bar from my new favorite place, plus a tub of Paleo granola. Both made it through security with flying colors! Just keep in mind your stuff gets x-rayed. I actually had to look this up, and fun fact; you CAN take a whole cake as a carry-on through security 😂. To cruise through security, put everything in a clear zip baggie. Additionally, you can take empty water bottles (and camelbaks!) through too.
3. Pack your snacks!
If you are going to be out and about all day – bring your food with you! I typically pop a fat bomb for good measure before leaving the house. Bring snack sized zip baggies to put your munchies in for the day if you’re just going to be around town. Great options are nuts and seeds, like macadamia nuts or pumpkin seeds. You can also bring one of those three-ounce tubes of coconut oil I mentioned earlier to add to your meals, coffee, or even just take a shot if you get desperate (I’ve been there).
Hanging around town is great, but if you’re like me you want to get out to nature. For hiking, I highly recommend bringing more snacks than you think you will want. It’s the same rule for water – bring more than you think you will need (and at altitude and dry climates, bring even more!) With all of the physical activity and sweating, you will want a nutrient dense option to keep your body happy, and your pack light.
Salted nuts like macadmias are excellent options. Plus, some kind of jerky – I like Trader Joe’s salmon jerky because it’s low sugar and has protein and fat. Mmm fat. Speaking of fat, I also brought a tube of coconut oil, because I am fat fueled! I could have put fat bomb ingredients into the tube, but I was happy taking a shot with my mac nuts. In addition, if you’re REALLY sweating – like I was on this trip, extra salt is a must have. You bet I brought the salt shaker I mentioned earlier. Take a lick of salt, and a shot of coconut oil. Just pretend it’s tequila and you’ll be good.
After the hike…
After the hike, eat a big, healthy meal! You deserve it. We spent the day at Rocky Mountain National Park and after our six mile hike up to almost 10,000 feet and back, I found a stellar restaurant with a view and gluten free options. I love local places, but the National Park restaurants and other tourist traps & chains generally have to accommodate TONS of food allergies per day, so these are actually wonderful places to eat. I had a burger with garlic roasted red peppers, avocado, and soup on the side – perfect to replenish my nutrients and electrolytes. Finally, I ended the day with a citrus mint tea with coconut milk 😋
This vacation had EVERYTHING – amazing meals, gorgeous views, family time, seeing friends, and everything in between. What are your gluten free travel tips? If you want to experience gluten freedom like I am, I would love to have you in my course! Sign up here. If you’re unsure – sign up here and I will contact you for a free clarity call. Don’t forget to check out the shopping list at the end of this post!