Ten Tips For Traveling Gluten Free
1. Whether traveling a great distance from home or going out to do a few errands, always leave the house with food, even if itâ€™s just a snack or two.
2. If youâ€™re going on a trip or traveling to another city for a day, use the internet to research gluten free restaurant options.
3. Call restaurants during off-peak hours and speak to the manager. Ask questions like: Do you have a gluten free menu? Can you send, email or fax it to me? Is it posted at your website? Who can I speak to once I arrive to make sure that my dining experience is gluten free? Even if you donâ€™t have a gluten free menu, can your kitchen accommodate me?
4. Fortunately, there are more and more restaurants like Outback Steakhouse and PF Changâ€™s that have gluten free menus. They can be found in many cities across the United States. Become familiar with these restaurants â€“ many of which are part of national chains. They can be a lifesaver when youâ€™re on the road.
5. Remember, just because a menu item says itâ€™s gluten free doesnâ€™t mean it will arrive at your table and be gluten free. If you have any concerns about your food not being gluten free, speak to your server and if necessary, send it back.
6. If you are concerned about asking too many questions when your waiter or waitress takes your order, speak privately to the manager of the restaurant. Managers are usually quite willing and eager to make sure your dining experience is a good one and they will communicate your needs to your waitstaff.
7. Find out where the closest grocery and health food stores are to wherever youâ€™re traveling. If you wonâ€™t have a car at your disposal, ask the hotel if they have a van service that can bring you to the grocery store. Another option would be to take a cab to the store and stock up on foods that will tide you over as needed.
8. If you travel frequently, especially for business, keep a food rider (that explains your food needs) on your computer and email it as needed to restaurants, catering halls, etc. Call ahead and speak to someone who can help make sure that your food needs are met.
9. If youâ€™re traveling by air, bring a doctorâ€™s note saying that you need to be able to bring your own gluten free food on the plane.
10. If youâ€™re staying in a hotel, call ahead and ask if they can supply a small dorm-sized refrigerator for your room. If not, fill the bathroom sink or tub with ice (every hotel floor has an ice machine) and put the food you brought with you from home into it.
Do you have any great ideas that you can share for traveling gluten free?