Thinking of travelling on a gluten free diet, but don’t even know where to start?
Well take a step back, because the most important thing you need to learn is the steps to prepare for gluten free travel. Because, preparing for travel is not the greatest task of all, although the more prepared you are, means the more fun you can have on your travels.
And the reason I know this is because I have been travelling on a gluten free diet for over 10 years now. And I find that preparing for gluten free travel is one of the most important things you need to do before you head off on your travels.
But how do you start preparing for gluten free travel if you don’t know what to prepare for in the first place?
Well let me tell you.
When it comes to preparing for gluten free travel, the first thing you need to do is start by notifying not only the places that you will be staying at, but also the airlines, bus lines, ferries and any other transport you will be taking on your trip that may serve food.
Once you have taken care of that, it would be wise to start educating yourself on what types of food are gluten free in the various countries you are visiting. The reason I say that this is a part of preparing for gluten free travel, is because it helps to know in advance what you can and can’t eat instead of trying to find out when you are already starving, which in all honesty is too late.
So, now that you know what you can and can’t eat. You have also notified all your hosts of your gluten allergy. The next thing you should probably do is either grab yourself some translation cards or learn some very basic language, certainly enough to help you get by, wherever you are going to be in the world.
A lot of people underestimate how powerful that last step is, of how learning a little language can really help you. Just by knowing a few words, locals open up to you and find they can you more.
This is because they realize you are not just an ignorant tourist, but are trying to learn a little of the local language to help you get by. This is greatly respected by some when they see foreigners actually trying to understand and being mindful of their culture.
Now that you have gotten all those bases covered, you want to be preparing for gluten free travel by always having some water and snacks with you. I suggest buying a good water bottle and some small snacks, either GF chips, cookies, muesli bars, or whatever may tickle your fancy.
You want to have this stuff with you at all times, just in case you get stuck when trying to find gluten free food and it starts to become impossible.
I know what that is like when hunger strikes because the grumpiness comes out in you and its much better having some back up, to ease your belly and hydrate your body. So there you have it, why preparing for gluten free travel is essential to how fun your trip will be.