Gluten-Free Traveling Problems

Since becoming gluten-free we have noticed many changes. First up, we all see a difference in my son’s behavior and learning. We also experienced some weight loss and the feeling that we do not need caffeine all day. I remember I used to have so many cravings like chocolate and snacks; this is not the case anymore.

It is hard to find gluten-free products, though. You have to make sure that you identify what’s truly gluten-free. We have put together a list of favorite items that we buy weekly now. Sticking to real goods (meat, fruits, and vegetables) helps when shopping. We still enjoy snacks, so we have to be careful with what we purchase.

More importantly, it is hard to be gluten-free when you are traveling. We try to take trips as often as we can. Throw that diet away when you go places. Let’s see… people aren’t considerate at parties. You also have to find specific restaurants that cater to gluten-free eating and hope that they have good food.

When we came home from a recent visit, we noticed a significant difference. We had stomach aches and were bloated. You know, all the pains. We felt down and super tired. It took me about three full days before I got my food back on track.

What do you do when you go on trips? Do you take a lot of snacks with you and look at restaurants before you travel? We are starting to research more ahead of time since we haven’t had the best of luck. We do not use fast food when traveling and try to pack our own food. We also make sure we have our own kitchen area in the hotel so we can shop/bring gluten free items with us. There is so much more than going gluten free (bread).. so much more than it. 

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The Best Holidays Tips For Traveling

Can you believe that the holidays are coming? They seem to arrive too quick each year! We always try to plan before the trip when it comes to the holidays so that we don’t get so overwhelmed.

Here are the top 7 tips for traveling during the holidays.

  1. Don’t Travel on Peak Days

Peak travel days are the worst! Traveling the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after will greatly increase your chance of travel woes. Consider adjusting your dates by just one day.

  1. Leave Lots of Extra Time

Ample time is always important. It doesn’t matter how you are traveling; you need to make sure that you allow extra time. Things do come up; traffic happens all the time, flights change, etc. So, plan as much as you can. Relax and read or listen to music while you wait for your plane.

  1. Pack Lightly

I know this is the hardest for me to do. It can be difficult if you are traveling from hot to cold places or vice versa. However, you do not need more than two pairs of shoes. You can pack lightly, I promise. If you have kids to pack for, they are the more important ones. Also make sure your luggage is functional.  Sorry, but true.

  1. Have a Backup Plan

You can’t predict travel problems. If you’re driving, know alternative routes so you can adjust if traffic is bad; GPS is handy for finding different ways. If you’re flying, be aware of the alternative flights and connecting cities.

  1. Have Fun

It’s the holiday season, after all; don’t feel so rushed. Remember to take snacks, games, books, magazines, ipads, etc. to pass the time regardless of how you are traveling.

  1. Use Your Phone

You can track your flights and even track your travel with a GPS. You can see a lot of what’s happening right from these two simple elements. Use your smartphone to your advantage! Keeping up with changes and alerts are why it is so important to make sure your phone is fully charged and holds all the numbers you might need.

  1. Holiday Gifts

Get small presents and try to ship large packages to the final destination beforehand. If you do take gifts along, keep them little and packable.

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Traveling for the holidays can be a fun time, as long as you know the basics and prepare ahead of time. Try to plan as much as you can and adjust accordingly.

 

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The Top 5 Tips For Traveling With Kids

Traveling is super fun, even though it can be a pain sometimes with kids. That’s what makes it so amusing and memorable. I did the hardest part, for you and am sharing some great tips for you as you begin your spring and summer journeys:

  1. Important Documents in Your Car: This includes your car manual, insurance information and auto registration, etc. Make sure you have the papers, and that they are updated and accessible.
  2. A Road Atlas: There are many parts of the country that lack decent data coverage. It’s always helpful to have a map handy just in case because we know that gps sometimes doesn’t work!
  3. Battery Jump Starter: It is always a good idea to have this handy, You just never know when you or someone else might need it!
  4. Jumper Cables:  You should always have these in your car regardless if you are traveling or not!
  5. Flashlight: For all the times that you are in an unfamiliar area and need to see more. You might need to save your cell phone battery, so it is always handy to have the flash light.
  6. First Aid Kit: This is also another good item to always have when you are driving around anyways. You just never know when you need something. After all, kids are so unpredictable.

Side note:

  • Safety — Double check that all car seats are installed correctly.
  • Cash – I would recommend $50-$100, broken into smaller bills. It might come in handy for times when are you in a hurry and need money!
  • Spare — A backup cell charger can be a lifesaver if you are low on power.

When traveling sometimes we do forget the basics and the most important things. In fact most of these ideas/items are important even if you aren’t traveling. I usually have all of these things listed above taken care of pretty regularly because you just never know. I am the type of person that when I am not prepared, things go crazy and I get major anxiety. What are some things that you don’t think about for traveling?

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