Travel Tips

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Traveling

Going on a trip? Some countries are certainly easier to travel to as they have an understanding of dietary sensitives and a gluten free diet. Countries that currently have government policies protecting people with celiac disease and those who must eat a gluten-free diet include: Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, European Union, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom. Want to travel elsewhere? Not to worry and don’t hold back! First determine what language is predominate and obtain some gluten free travel cards. Print lots of copies and hand them to whoever is cooking for you.

Tips / Suggestions

  • Pack a bunch of protein / energy bars or other non-perishable goods
  • If you are traveling by ground pack a cooler with goods.
  • If you are flying, contact the airline to see if they can provide a GF meal.
  • Whether you are driving or flying remember that not all foods can be brought across borders.
  • Stay in locations with a mini fridge, a microwave, and a kettle
  • Items such as milk, yogurt, and eggs (boil in kettle) are safe and easy to obtain in most countries.
  • Markets with fresh fruit and vegetables are great!
  • Be cautious of food stands if there is any gluten containing ingredients.
  • When in doubt stick to naturally gluten free foods
  • In locations where you do not speak the same language, provide the waiter or waitress with the gluten free card and ask what is safe on the menu. If this doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to change restaurants.
  • The more touristy the location the more the locals will be aware of dietary sensitivities.
  • Plan and prepare before you go by reading blogs from people that have traveled to that location or live there to get additional information about what local food is safe.
  • Look up if there are any gluten free restaurants in the area and book accommodations close to them if possible.
  • If travelling to Asia consider bringing or purchasing your own soy, fish, and/or oyster sauces.

Apps

  • 'Find Me Gluten Free' is a particularly useful app, as it locates gluten free restaurants, cafés, shops etc in your vicinity.
  • 'Dine Gluten Free' allows the user to find and read detailed peer reviews of thousands of “gluten-free-friendly” businesses in the U.S. and around the world.
  • 'AllergyEats Mobile' is an app with peer-based feedback about how well (or poorly) restaurants accommodate the needs of food-allergic diners
  • Google translate is a good way to communicate additional information that might not be on the travel card
  • Gluten Free Food Checker is an app from Coeliac UK which enables you to search thousands of food products suitable for your gluten free diet using a barcode scanner.

Additional Resources

  • Coeliac UK Country Guides is a set of guides to find gluten free products and venues in various countries. The guides include local celiac disease organisations, details about gluten free awareness, foods to avoid, and useful phases.
  • Find me Gluten Free is a community of 3+ million gluten friendly businesses.
  • Gluten free worldwide provides restaurant and grocer suggestions for many cities worldwide.
  • For Gluten Sake is a database of 100% gluten free establishments for many cities around the world.