Road tripping is actually my FAVORITE way to travel with celiac disease. I don’t need to worry about airports, arriving at locations that cannot accommodate my dietary requests, or any of that hustle and bustle. Instead, when I road trip the control is in my hands. And, hopefully, I don’t get a flat tire.
Here are a few of my favorite “Rules of the Road.”
- Make your car a gluten free zone. But, be willing to stop for gluten-filled food. It’s one of the best ways to experience different parts of the country. And, you can brown bag it.
- Pack a ton of gluten free snacks for EVERYONE in your party. And, pack soap, water, and paper towels, so they only have GF hands diving into that popcorn.
- Pack your meals too. I used a Koolatron cooler for over two weeks this summer with little problems. JUST remember to plug it in when you get into the car.
- Make a list of 100% GF restaurants on your road trip. These are by far the safest, even though they are far and few between. We turn them into a highlight of the trip.
- Make a list of Grocery Stores on your route. I prepared food for the first part of my road trips, and then bought the ingredients to make lettuce wraps for the second half. I like to look for Whole Foods or any store where I’ll recognize the brand names, so I don’t need to read ten thousand labels.
I could go on forever, so if most have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments section below. BUT, I saved the most important rule of the road for last!
- Find someone who can put up with your craziness for the duration of the trip! I do not mean someone that understands your gluten free craziness (aka: celiac disease). Although, that’s important too. My personal craziness includes, but is not limited to, stopping at every state sign, counting the number of cattle on the side of the road, listening to Thomas Rhett’s “All American White Boy” on repeat, hopping on trains, modeling in cornfields, adventuring down dirt roads to try to find a “spot on the map,” climbing on haybails, and subsequently buying Bendadryl. Now, have you ever arrived in a town at 1 AM and realized that even the Red Roof Inn is fully booked? That’s the kind of craziness I’m talking about. (While my first road trip was beautifully planned out, my second one had some twists and turns).
You’ve already seen the highlights of my road trip TO Colorado, so here are a few from my road trip back home!
Let’s not forget about being in the front row of a Tim McGraw concert either!
That’s about it from here! What is your top tip about road tripping with celiac disease or a food allergy? If you could road trip anywhere, where would you go?!