Grab the Find Me GF app! This free app allows you to search restaurants near your location to find GF options. I suggest calling ahead to confirm that they have menu items that fit your diet. Also, be sure to ask about their cross-contamination protocol.
Grab the Allergy Eats app! This free app allows you to search restaurants that cater to various food allergies! You can search establishments that have options without peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, shellfish, fish, soy, gluten, wheat or sesame.
Over pack snacks! Before you hit the road, load a cooler with drinks, water, fruit and cheese sticks- unless you're allergic to them! Also, bring snacks that don't require refrigeration such as fruit cups, single serving applesauces or a custom made trail mix.
Reserve a room with a kitchenette! The best way to eat safe is to cook your own food. It sucks to cook on vacation, but it is not as bad as getting sick on your vacation! Plan easy meals that require little prep and clean up. Make and take a lunch with you. (This tip is also a money saver)
Look into Allermates bands for your kiddos! They have a selection of fun wrist bands for your little ones to alert others about food allergies or medical conditions.
Bring your card! Print out this free chef card to alert the servers and kitchen staff of your dietary limitations.
Check with the airline! If you are flying, pack your own in flight snacks. Be sure to check TSA guidelines for what you need to avoid bringing. When booking your flight, follow these important steps if you have a contact allergy.
Be prepared for the worst! If you have a life threatening allergy to certain foods, you should be sure to bring your EpiPen and know where the closest medical facility is. Print and fill out this Emergency Care form! If your reaction is to gluten- check out these steps from MindBodyGreen.com to decrease the discomfort!
If you want to see all of these pointers in one place- check out our TRAVEL TIPS Pinterest Board!
Happy trails to you!
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