I would like to invite you on my journey! If you can’t leave home, and would like to trample through the woods, hike through the tundra, and glide across the ocean then come with me!
We all know it’s tough to feed our celiac and food allergic selves outside of our homes. Most, if not all of us, have been glutened at one point or another. Many have also had to comfort an ill child on the road. All of the factors above contribute to just wanting to stay in our safe bubbles at times. We deserve better! Our kids deserve to explore the world as freely as any other healthy child!
Some days I can’t leave my couch or make it far from my bathroom thanks to a tiny little protein called gluten. However, when life is good, life is really good! Join me while I continue my wanderings, gluten-free!
I thought I would type up a checklist for the gluten-free road trip kitchen to make it simpler to accomplish.
Gluten-free road trip kitchen checklist
Large rubber tote– large enough to hold everything, but not so big it won’t fit in your car.
Camp stove– you need a heat source of some kind, sometimes we just use our Colman portable propane grill since it has it’s own legs.
Pots and pans –don’t go crazy here, all you really need is a frying pan and a small soup pot really.
CookingUtensils –a pair of tongs, a metal fork, a spatula and a sharp knife.
Accessories – heavy duty aluminum foil, a small cutting board, hot pads, dish soap, clean cloth, towel, tub or bowl and tablecloth of some kind will make it a much safer prep, cooking and eating space.
Disposable dishes –a gallon bag with paper plates, cups and plastic silverware are almost mandatory, with safe dishes on hand. I have been able to eat in situations I shouldn’t have because I had clean utensils. I carry these even when I don’t have my portable kitchen with me.
Coffee cup –maybe this one is just me, but again, I’ve at least been able to have a cup of coffee safely to substitute a meal in those moments.
Other –it has really been handy to keep a few things along with the dishes. I keep salt and pepper packs with me, as well as a small jar of coconut oil and of course coffee!
I really hope this helps!! If you have any questions please feel free to ask!
Road trips are a great adventure. They turn into a challenge as well when the need to be gluten-free comes into play. An Alaskan road trip in particular can be daunting. On the northern roads one can drive for hours without seeing a single business, let alone a gluten-free restaurant.
Traveling gluten-free demands a bit more planning than normal. With just a little forethought though, you can wander freely wherever you heart desires.
Pack a portable kitchen if you are planning to do your own cooking. A camp stove, a few pots and pans, utensils and of course a coffee pot will go a long way. We also carry a portable propane Coleman grill that is perfect for throwing on a few gluten-free bratwurst at a moments notice.
I also always carry paper plates and disposable eating utensils. These have saved my belly more than once!! A clean fork is invaluable. All of these items can fit nicely into a large rubber tote, which in turn serves as a table top in a pinch. Like when you pull into the campground ready to make dinner and you find the remnants of the previous campers breads, buns and beers everywhere. Always carry a picnic blanket or tablecloth or something clean so you can immediately create a gluten-free zone wherever you may end up.
Aluminum foil is another necessity I don’t leave home without. I can safely prepare and cook my food anywhere with a roll of foil. The larger roll of heavy-duty stuff is worth the extra few cents when you consider how much better it will protect your food from contamination.
Finally, a smaller tub or bowl, some dish soap and a clean sponge or cloth will keep you gluten-free area safe. A full water jug is also essential. Whether you are driving down the lonely road with your family, or setting up camp at a busy music festival, these few steps will protect your gluten-free belly!
My name is Jenni and I am a wanderer at heart. I am wife to the most patient wonderful husband in the world, mom to the most awesome rambunctious boys ever and I have celiac disease. My oldest son also has food allergies to eggs, soy and peanuts.
When I was first diagnosed a little over two years ago I was lucky if I didn’t get myself sick in my own kitchen. Then we were set back to relearning how to cook when my son was diagnosed. It was a hard-fought battle and though there are still accidents, they are few and far between.
Being a wanderer at heart it wasn’t long before my feet got itchy again, haha, as soon as summer set in that first year really. Then the task of feeding myself and my family safely got more interesting. There are countless gluten-free and food allergy resources on the net. Finding solid information beyond the traditional travel advice of “eat a salad” was another story.
We live in Alaska and love to explore her nooks and crannies. More often than not we are lucky to see a restaurant, let alone one with gluten, soy, egg and peanut free options. Gone were the easy days of sandwiches and peanut butter crackers. Even with gluten-free bread options, finding one made without egg or soy has yet to happen.
There were days that we spent ten hours on the ocean surviving on Barney Butter packets, fruit leather and juice boxes. It was difficult walking past the smells of real food while we loaded the boat, knowing we had another hour and a half before we made it home. Then it was time to split forces and cook dinner while my husband cleaned fish.
We have made some progress in more pleasantly feeding the family while continuing our wanderings. Traveling is only getting easier as the kids get older, I’m not about to stop exploring now. From rough camping to nice hotels and everywhere in between we have fed ourselves warm meals now. Hopefully my trials and tribulations with food allergies, celiac disease and itchy feet will help someone else trying to stay healthy on the road! Thanks for joining me on this newest journey.
Traveling with celiac and food allergies can be daunting, and hunger inducing. I have good news for you! It can be fun and fulfilling, and filling as well. Some of our favorite travel standbys include, fruit leather strips and Barney Butter almond butter packets. They both taste good and can fit in your wallet. I keep some of both with me at all times.
Enjoy Life foods make some very tasty snack bars, and they are free of all of the top eight most common food allergens. We rely on this company around my house, they make the best cookies we have found too. Juice boxes, milk cartons and water bottles are always a must. Fresh fruits and some pre prepped fresh veggies are always a hit, as well as cheeses and meats, if you can have dairy.
I try to pack us some kind of snack when we leave the house, and a nicer picnic if we will be gone for half a day or more. Being so limited on options it helps to always have tasty food at hand. Nobody feels left out, grumpy from hunger or frustrated by having little to no choice on what to eat. We have more fun and it makes it easier to be more spontaneous again to have some of these little lifesavers on hand at home.
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