The thought of traveling with kids can always be stressful or at the very least a little overwhelming. Thoughts such as “I hope no one gets car sick” or “Do you think they’ll sleep” are sure to cross your mind. Add food allergies into the mix and suddenly all sense of relaxation can go out the window and those thoughts that once worried you are quickly replaced by thoughts such as “Do you think there’s a hospital there” or “What in the world are we going to eat”.
I can’t help you with the whole hospital thing but I can certainly offer some tips for feeding young ones while traveling with gluten free and dairy free kids.
You see, my own son has been one a gluten free diet for a year now, it’s something that I personally have dealt with since early on in my marriage. Gluten free living can bring about it’s own challenges as I’m sure you probably know. Just when I thought we had everything figured out, my son became very ill. After a few trips to the doctor, and such a few weeks sort of being gluten free for one year, my son was told to go dairy free. Just in time for traveling out of state. I tell you this to let you know that yes, it can be overwhelming traveling with gluten free dairy free kids but it can be done and I’d like to share some tips with you on how we managed to make it happen.
5 Tips For Traveling With Gluten Free Diary Free Kids
Bring A Cooler
Shockingly, this isn’t one I thought of, my mother in law thought of this one and I was grateful she did.
Pack Plenty Of Snacks
I thought I had packed enough snacks to last us the entire trip down there. Nope. We ended up having to stop for snacks on the trip back up.
Take Note Of Local Restaurants
I would advise doing this on google maps because if you rely solely on the tourism information of where you are going you are less likely to see restaurants you are already familiar with and more likely to see local restaurants only.
Take Note Of Local Grocery Stores
Just because you might be traveling to a town of tourism doesn’t mean that everyone is a tourist, the locals must eat also. Even if you don’t have a reason to stop by the grocery store once you’ve arrived, keep this in mind while on the road because t’s very easy to find a TA station with a microwave and that might be your only option.
Pack Sack Lunches
Although not a five star delight keep in mind that you can provide food for your gluten free diary free kid when they go off to school and the same method can apply for when you go off on vacation. If there is one thing we have learned from this experience of being gluten free and dairy free it is that food is for nourishment and not just enjoyment.