Summer is the season of travel. I’ve already explained how we stay gluten free in airport terminals (read that here), now I want to help you stay gluten free on your road trip!
Staying gluten free at home (once all the hidden gluten is found, and meals made over) is easy, leaving the house is when the challenge really begins. At home we know what safe restaurants we can go to, the staff might even know us by first name, but what about staying gluten free on a road trip? Not all towns/cities are gluten free friendly, let alone rest stops, gas stations, or available fast food/restaurant options. Well I decided it was important to help you enjoy your trip versus dreading it, or ending up spending a whole lot of time in pain and/or in the bathroom. Here are my tips and tricks to a gluten free road trip:
First, pack what you can in your car.
- Air popped popcorn
- Gluten free chips
- Gluten free crackers/pretzels
- Homemade trail mix with mixed nuts, dried fruits, and coconut flakes
- Dried fruit
- Gluten free jerky
- Diced cooked chicken and steak
- Cheese cubes or sticks
- Premade PB&J’s on your favorite gluten free bread (I like Canyon Bakehouse)
- Sliced apples
- Water 🙂 (Have to stay hydrated!)*
*Tip: Freeze half of your water bottles. It will help your ice keep frozen longer.
Things you can pick up on the road:
- Some have Naked smoothies
- Potato chips
- Mom in the Raw Bars
- Kind Bars
- Premade smoothies (like Evolution)
If you are anything like my family, the last thing you want to do is get out of the car on a long road trip. We like to stay on the road as long as humanly possible so we get to our destination faster. However, it does not do any good for everyone to get hangry and/or sore from sitting for too long. Getting out, walking around, and stocking up on your favorites does not have to take longer than sitting in a busy drive through, and you know you’ll be safe and not pulling over constantly from getting glutened.
- Gluten free lunch meat
- Precut vegetables
- Most have gluten free sections you can replenish your non cooler goods easily
- If you get lucky and find a Whole Foods or other natural grocery store you’ll be in great shape
Restaurants that tend to be gluten free friendly:
- Jimmy John’s (the unwich)
- Red Robin
- P.F. Chang’s
- Pei Wei
- Rock Bottom
- Cheesecake Factory
*I love an authentic experience when visiting a new city or town. There is this great app called Find Me Gluten Free and I highly recommend downloading it before you hit the road. Helped me find a fantastic 100% gluten free mexican food restaurant in Sausalito over the weekend!
Quick Tip: Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, sometimes we get glutened. Keeping activated charcoal capsules on hand (like this one) and taking them as soon as you realize what has happened along with drinking a ton of water will help minimize the effects.
Do you have anything you would add to this list? I would love to hear what things I haven’t thought of!