Gluten Free Food To Bring On Your Camping Trip
Using Premade Gluten Free Camping Meals
"When I go camping, I'm a really lazy food person and I like premade camping meals that have 18 gazillion grams of salt. However, when I usually camp it's usually in Utah and I'm sweating all day, so the salt is replacing the salt I lost when hiking. But I know there's definitely better ways to make camping food than to buy the premade camping stuff, which is not horrible. Erika shares her camping food favorites with us that aren't the freeze-dried variety."
"My daughter and I go camping every summer and Yosemite, it's our jam and it's something we look forward to. I have camping food down to a bit of a science, where we've looked forward to doing kind of the same things every year. During the day it's great to have cold cuts, fruit and chips, sandwich makings and tuna fish in sealable individual packages. Simple eats like that."
Whether or Not You Can Have Rice Cereal and Marshmallows If You're Gluten Free
Is Rice Krispies Safe to Eat on a Gluten-Free Diet?
Rice Krispies has malt flavoring in their cereal, along with many other crisped rice kinds of cereal. So, no, they are not safe to eat if you're on a gluten-free diet! Very few rice cereals do not have malt or malt flavoring in them. Ironically, Malt-O-Meal crisped rice is the one cereal I found safe to eat. You can find this brand in the bag section of the cereal aisle.
Malt-O-Meal is what I call an "economy food," which are foods that are highly processed with little or no nutritional value. However, if you're using these to make rice Krispies for your gluten-free family members or yourself, and you're not planning on eating them daily for breakfast, these are a good choice!
Tips For Preparing Your Trip So You Can Stay Safe and Gluten Free
Tip #1: Plan Ahead and Pack Your Gluten Free Food
Planning and packing your own food is one of the best ways to enjoy your trip and ensure you stay safe while traveling. When you pack your own food, you will know what ingredients are in your food, and you don't need to take any risks eating out. Unfortunately, you can't always be sure what is in the food you can purchase at a supermarket or a restaurant or if the food they prepare for you at the restaurant has been cross-contaminated. This way, you can stay healthy, have food on hand whenever you are hungry, and ensure a good experience. Ensure you have the right equipment to take all your prepared food with you. For example, if you are camping, you can invest in the best men's tactical backpack to carry everything you may need to stay safe.
My Recommendations For Gluten Free Snacks to Eat While Traveling
Carry Gluten Free Food with You on a Plane
When you’re traveling by air, depending on the airline, you may not be able to get gluten-free snacks. I recently traveled on American Airlines, and they didn’t have any gluten-free snacks available. They also didn’t ask me if I wanted a snack and handed me Biscoff cookies, along with my drink and napkin. To a regular traveler, this wouldn’t be a big deal; however, for a Celiac, this isn’t good. Why?
Staying Gluten Free During Airplane Travel
Traveling by air post-COVID adds another layer of complication to your travels. With airlines so short-staffed and pilots in high demand and on short order, I've been leaning more towards traveling via car as I don't have to worry about my flight getting canceled and being stranded at the airport for an indeterminate amount of time. Because even though the airline will reschedule your flight, you can get bumped off the next flight as well, leaving you at the airport for a day or more.
In addition to the airline shortage, having Celiac disease gives me painful and stiff joints, which I take Naltrexone to control the pain and stiffness. However, even with taking Naltrexone daily, sitting for prolonged periods worsens my joint and muscle pain, so I try to avoid booking flights more than five hours long. And that is definitely challenging since I now live in the Pacific Northwest. When I lived 20 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport, it was easy to get a trip via Delta as this is a hub - to almost anywhere in the continental US in under four hours.
However, there are times that I need to travel across the country, and that doesn't make for such a fun road trip, so I need to take an airplane. So if you're also looking to travel by air but not sure what to do or how to pack for your next adventure on a plane, then check out these tips to make your next airline trip more gluten-free!
Tips and Tricks For Roadtripping While Gluten Free
I really enjoy a great road trip - from an extended weekend vacation to a planned multi-day trip or multi-week adventure, road trip vacations can be as relaxed or fun-filled as you'd like! You can make many detours with the freedom of a road trip that you cannot do with other types of travel. I love to stop and check out the little out-of-the-way places such as a small local museum or eat at family-owned places I've never heard of or been to.
The Benefits of Traveling Via Road Trip for the Gluten Free Traveler
Road trips are a great way to travel as you can carry a more extensive variety of gluten-free goodies. I also love road trips as you can discover new markets and pick up new food that you've never tried along the way to add to your gluten-free stash.
Another reason road trips are super awesome is you don't have to worry about where you will eat. Instead, find a nearby park, pull over at a view area or rest stop, and have your gluten-free takeout spot to eat! You can find some stunning overlooks to stop and eat without the cost of expensive restaurant service.
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