Dear gluten free traveller, it is true that with our dietary restrictions, travelling always seems a bit risky, and bringing a whole second suitcase of provisions would be a bit over the top. So I’ve put together a few personal tips and trips that I’ve developed over the course of my travels.
- Travel backpack: Always read up about the grains of the country you’re going to. That way, there are no surprises and you can plan ahead with some backups, alternatives, or recipes! I would tell you that for the most part, developing countries tend to use a lot of rice. This will facilitate whatever you have in your travel backpack since you won’t always have access to a buffet whenever you want. Furthermore, it contains few derivative or processed products that can contain preservatives like gluten (ex: wheat starch). It’s less costly and simpler for you to eat what you want. On my part, it’s never easier for me to eat than when I’m travelling! And be cautious, as some of the fried things, buns, and small donuts may have been cooked with gluten.
- Everything about hotels: It’s important to specify to your travel agent your gluten intolerance or celiac disease, because sometimes they can recommend you hotels that offer à la carte meals; this diminishes the risk of cross contamination. For those who are less sensitive to contamination, hotel buffets could be amply satisfying, since more and more the big chains write the ingredients for each dish. After all, we aren’t the only ones with specific dietary restrictions.
I present to you here my top 3 things to bring travelling!
- Activated charcoal tablets (in case you eat gluten).
- Sanitizing effects: purifies the body
- Detoxing effects: drug overdose, intoxication of slight to heavy metals, poisoning.
- Intestinal disorders: normalises digestion, calms diarrhea, gastroenteritis and constipation linked to intestinal fermentation.
- Digestive troubles: heartburn, gastric reflux, gas flatulence, bloating, irritable bowel cramps, usually the consequence of excessive fat and sugar consumption.
- Gluten free granola bars.
- Try to always keep a few bars in your bag, because if you don’t find a restaurant or you can’t eat there, you’ll have something to fall back on. In addition, it is lightweight and does not take up that much space. If possible, choose one with nuts or dried fruit, as it helps to keep you full longer. I used to take rice cakes because they’re lightweight, but they’re not really nourishing enough.
- Gluten free cornmeal (see below for more information).
- The app <find me gluten free> for your smart phone makes it easy to look up gluten free restaurants and other advice for being gluten free in a foreign country. Another important thing! Before buying a plane ticket, be sure to specify to the airline your dietary restriction. This way, before the flight, you can assure that the meals and snacks are gluten free. If you forget to do this, they usually have some extra. Usually the airline crew will be sympathetic and try to help find a solution :).